January 11, 2022| By

Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Lime Ranch

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
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Spice up your Taco Tuesday with delicious, crunchy Cajun Shrimp Tacos with a homemade side of zesty and creamy Garlic Lime Ranch. This meal is ready in 20 minutes so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner after a long day.

If you're craving more Mexican-inspired meals, then I suggest my Cheese Quesadilla, Chipotle Pulled Pork Nachos and Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potato Fries.

four tacos on a serving tray with ranch dipping sauce

Taco nights are a highlight in my household. There's something about mixing together so many fresh and savory flavors that really piques my fancy.

These Cajun Shrimp Tacos are loaded with spicy, succulent shrimp and sauteed peppers then topped with a creamy tangy garlic lime ranch sauce. The end result is spicy and zingy tacos that are bursting with flavor!

Made with fresh ingredients, this taco and homemade sauce combo is not only yummy, but healthy too! You'll have a filling meal prepared in under a half hour with this shrimp taco recipe.

cajun shrimp tacos on a serving tray with limes and ranch sauce

Ingredients for cajun shrimp tacos

  • Orange Bell Pepper: Often used in salsas, this adds the perfect touch of heat.
  • Red Onions: The mild flavor complements the seasonings of this recipe.
  • Seasonings: I use a combination of chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Garlic: I put garlic in as many recipes as I can - because it's amazing!
  • Shrimp: I use jumbo shrimp for this recipe because who doesn't want their shrimp super sized? Ensure they are peeled and deveined before seasoning and cooking.
  • Garnishes: Jalapeños and cilantro for taste, texture and presentation.
  • Corn Tortilla: I go more in depth about why I chose corn tortillas over flour tortillas below.
cajun shrimp tacos on parchment paper with ranch sauce

How to prepare garlic lime ranch sauce

It can be tempting to use store bought condiments but I promise it's not hard to make your own sauce. Not only can you add more of less ingredients based on your preferred taste, but there's less sugar and additives because you know what ingredients were used. Plus, you're using fresh ingredients so it will taste ten times better, guaranteed!

To make the garlic lime ranch sauce, simply combine greek yogurt, mayo, parsley, garlic, chives, dill, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Next zest two limes and then squeeze the juice into the sauce. Whisk everything together.  The final result is a light, tangy sauce that complements the spiciness of the tacos.

cajun shrimp tacos with garlic lime ranch on a serving tray

Are cajun shrimp tacos better with corn or flour tortillas?

The great corn or flour debate! It all boils down to preference. I use corn tortillas for my Cajun Shrimp Tacos because I think that corn tortillas complement the delicate flavor of shrimp and other seafood, like white fish.

Flour tortillas have a more delicate taste than corn tortillas. Due to this, I think flour tortillas are better suited for burritos that are filled with a lot of ingredients. For heartier tacos, I would choose flour tortillas because they are sturdier than corn tortillas.

I like for my tacos to have a light crunch so I do suggest toasting the corn tortillas in this recipe. Just place them in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil for about 1-2 minutes on each side.

tacos on a serving tray with limes and ranch sauce

What do you eat with shrimp tacos?

I think these Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Lime Ranch are perfect as is but maybe you're looking to feast! Here are some tasty additions:

cajun shrimp tacos on parchment paper with limes and garlic lime ranch

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cajun shrimp tacos on a serving tray with limes and ranch sauce

Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Lime Ranch

Spice up your Taco Tuesday with delicious, crunchy Cajun Shrimp Tacos with a homemade side of zesty and creamy Garlic Lime Ranch.
Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

Cajun Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 Orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 3 cloves  Garlic, diced finely
  • 1 lb Jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 Corn tortillas
  • Jalapeños, for garnish
  • Cilantro, for garnish 

Garlic Lime Ranch

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsps Mayo
  • 1 ybsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps Chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tsps Dill
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Limes, zested and squeezed

Directions

  • Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onions and cook for 5 minutes, until onions begin to soften. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from the pan onto a plate. Set aside.
  • Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and coat with cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. *If your cajun seasoning includes salt, be mindful of this if adding additional salt.
  • Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and add shrimp. Cook until pink on both sides, about 5-8 minutes. 
  • To make the garlic lime ranch sauce, combine the greek yogurt, mayo, parsley, garlic, chives, dill, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Zest the two limes and then squeeze the juice into the sauce and whisk together. 
  • Optional: toast the corn tortillas by putting them in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • Add peppers and onions to the warm tortillas and top with shrimp, garlic lime ranch sauce, and jalapeños and cilantro. 

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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