Chipotle Chili Crispy Shrimp Tacos

licious spicy tacos made with juicy, crispy shrimp, red cabbage slaw, and creamy chipotle chili sauce.
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chipotle, shrimp, Shrimp Tacos, tacos
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 tacos
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • 4 taco shells
  • Slaw:
  • 2 cups finely sliced red cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • Fried Shrimp:
  • ½ lb shrimp
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Salt
  • 2-3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • Creamy Chili Sauce:
  • 5 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 chili pepper in adobe sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt


  1. Slaw:
  2. Thinly cut cabbage and shred carrots on a large grater. Mix cabbage, carrots, sugar, vinegar, mayo, sour cream, and salt until completely mixed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Creamy Chili Sauce:
  5. Combine all ingredients in the blender. Pulse until all is blended and smooth. Taste to see if you need to add any more salt.
  6. Set aside until ready to use.
  7. Shrimp:
  8. Heat frying oil to 350. Prepare a plate with a paper towel in it.
  9. Prepare two shallow bowls. In one bowl, mix buttermilk and salt. In another bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  10. Wash shrimp and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  11. Batter shrimp by dredging them in flour mixture first, then in buttermilk, and then again in flour mixture.
  12. Fry shrimp in batches (or all at the same time, depending on the size of the pot used for frying) for about 4 minutes, until they are golden brown. Take shrimp out with a metal slotted spoon onto the prepared paper towel.
  13. To prepare tacos:
  14. Add some slaw to each taco. Divide shrimp among the 4 tacos and generously drizzle everything with creamy chipotle chili sauce.

Recipe Notes

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