Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry, Avocado, Mango Salsa

May 26, 2011


There are some things I’m 99.9% sure I’ll never enjoy: Camping. The Wire. Whipped cream. Monkeys. Star Wars. Sugar in my coffee. Birkenstocks. Raspberry vodka. Overflowing email inboxes. VW vans. Lazy people. My alarm going off. People who talk loudly on their cell phones in public. Taxes. Ads that have audio. The bass of my neighbor’s techno music. Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly jelly beans.

But, of course, part of the beauty of life is that we’re all free to change our minds. With no warning, at a moment’s notice. And thank goodness for that because it we weren’t, I wouldn’t be currently experiencing the summer of shrimp. As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I grew up completely disgusted by fish. And it wasn’t until high school that I would even try it. Now? I can’t imagine life without all kinds of seafood…. and especially shrimp.

Since returning home from BlogHer Food, I’ve been encouraging myself to get creative with recipes and to start coming up with ideas on my own. Tonight’s dinner was born out of my obsession for shrimp and mango. OK fine, and avocado, tacos, and chili powder. It’s funny because at one point, I also disliked fruit in my savory meals. But today I found myself craving fruit on tacos. My 8-year-old self would be so offended right now.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry, Avocado, Mango Salsa (serves 2):
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• 15-20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 1.5 t chili powder
• 1 T lime juice
• 2 t olive oil
• 1 C chopped mango
• 1/2 C chopped strawberries
• 1 C diced avocado
• 1/2 C chopped red onion
• 1 C black beans, drained and rinsed
• 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
• 4 small tortillas (I used whole wheat)
• Optional: Greek yogurt for topping


Start by putting the shrimp in a ziplock bag with the chili powder, lime juice, and olive oil. Make sure the shrimp is fully coated and let marinate for about 20-30 minutes.


I usually like to grill my shrimp with the peel and tail still on, but this time I removed them so I could pop the hot shrimp on the tacos without having to worry about removing the peel.


While the shrimp is marinating, get going on the salsa. It’s basically just a lot of chopping. Chop the mango, strawberries, avocado, and red onion and put in a medium bowl.

Drain and rinse the black beans, add them in, and mix everything together.


Heat grill pan (or frying pan if you don’t have one) to medium heat and grill shrimp for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until pink. Your kitchen will immediately start smelling like a resort in the Caribbean. In a good way.


Warm tortillas in oven (or microwave). Top with salsa, 4-5 shrimp, and some feta cheese.


You can add some Greek yogurt on top too, for a little extra creaminess and some tang.


This recipe serves 2 and makes 2 tacos for person. I generally eat a lot and think this was the perfect amount.


The weather here in Boston is finally sunny and warm and this Caribbean-style meal was perfect for eating with the windows open, a slight breeze coming in. It would have been better out on the deck, but my apartment building only has one common deck and it was otherwise occupied. Oh well, the summer has only just begun!


I want to eat a million pounds of this chili lime shrimp and I can think of so many dishes it would be fabulous in. But the way the slight spice contrasted with the sweetness of the fruit blew my mind.

And also? These were so simple and quick. The recipe mainly consists of fruit chopping and grilling shrimp. How easy is that?


This meal will definitely be made again in my house. And I’ll continue to thank my lucky stars that I was allowed to change my mind in regard to shrimp. Who knows, maybe some day you’ll find me wearing Birkenstocks while eating Buttered Popcorn jelly beans and enjoying ads that play audio (especially that “congratulations! You’ve won! ad). Doubtful. But at least I’ll always be keeping my options open.

What are some things you’re 99.9% sure you’ll never like? What have you changed your mind about as you get older?


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31 Responses to "Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry, Avocado, Mango Salsa"

  1. i never say never. but i’m really not sure i would ever like sweetbreads, even though i have never had it. psychological thing. maybe if i didn’t know what it was.

  2. emily says:

    fruit in savory dishes does sound weird, but it really does work! 🙂 i never thought i’d like oatmeal! when I was younger, my mom used to make it for us every morning, which made me hate it; now I love it.

  3. These sound fabulous… I love fruit salsas!

  4. Maris says:

    I love mango and shrimp and can only imagine how delicious they are together.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Whoa, back it up. You don’t like whipped cream???! Really?!

  6. Those tacos look fantastic! Love the flavor combinations with the salsa and the shrimp! YUM!
    I will never ever ever like brussle sprouts!! Seriously, they are just gross! lol

  7. Fantastic recipe! I just made shrimp tacos for John on his birthday, and I wish I had included this delicious salsa.

    I’m 99.9% sure I’ll never like olives. I know, I know… everyone finds this aversion difficult to believe; but I just can’t stand ’em!

  8. Jess says:

    I can’t believe you don’t like whipped cream!

    For years I was convinced I hated guacamole. I’m not sure I’d even tried it, it just looked gross and seemed like something I would hate. But then I ate it and I mourn all the years of guacamole loving that I missed out on!

  9. Michelle says:

    I feel the same way about camping…but it is on my 30 by 30 list!

  10. Maria says:

    Great recipe for summer!

  11. brandi says:

    yes, please and thank you. I’d like these with one of your awesome cocktails tonight. is that possible? how far is Boston? 🙂

    So glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t like the popcorn jelly belly’s 🙂 they’re my favorite candy of all time, but I don’t like that flavor!

  12. kathy says:

    the shrimp tacos-awesome! love the salsa-anything with mangos really. agree with all your nevers and add sweetbreads and liver

  13. Uhm, YUM! I would like this in my belly now please. Why oh why idi it take me so long to find you guys!!!!

  14. Sues says:

    @Elizabeth- I know! I’ve never like it, especially if it’s in a can. Ahh! Even the sound of the can makes me feel sick. I’ll never heap my dessert full of homemade whipped cream, but I do find it much more tolerable than the canned stuff.

  15. Joanna says:

    I have such an aversion to Birkenstocks! Good to know someone else feels the way I do. I also hate blue cheese, which I know is a food sin, but it’s never worked for me. L-o-v-e the look of these tacos though!

  16. yum says:

    I’m totally making this tonight!!! Looks delicious!!!

  17. I loved your list but can’t believe you don’t like whipped cream! These look fabulous, I love all the different flavors you put together.

  18. MichellePC says:

    These look so fresh and delicious!

  19. Daisy says:

    these look lovely! So, I always liked fish growing up, but I never liked shrimp or lobster (which was something of a travesty being a year round kid on cape cod, whose dad caught lobsters for fun.) Well I tried them EVERY summer figuring one year I would eventually like them. Thank gosh I was an open minded kid. It took awhile, probably even until college for me to enjoy the taste/texture.

  20. Love love love love everything about this! Mmm!

  21. Erica says:

    Sues! This looks awesome. I didnt like shrimp growing up either, but i love it now-especially when it has a nice kick. I am 99.9 percent sure i will never like olives, mushrooms, snow/cold weather of any type, beef, anchovies, donuts

  22. Livvy says:

    omg YUM! all of the ingredients in here are SO up my alley; I love shrimps, mango avocado, black beans, green yogurt, all that great stuff! I am SOOOO SOOO happy that I found you blog and I am so excited to continue reading more! It rocks. 🙂

  23. kelly says:

    Okay. These are pretty creative, but the flavors are so perfect together. I just did a watermelon based salsa, so fruit is good. Pineapple works, too! Erm…I’ve slipped into lazydom, and put sugar in my coffee….

  24. Megan says:

    I’ve been getting mango salsa cravings a lot lately… I think maybe because it’s so summery. I love the feta in these.

    And no whipped cream… really?

  25. I’ve totally been on a taco kick lately. These sound awesome!

  26. Tessa says:

    This sounds right up my alley! Love shrimp and love fruit.

    I don’t think I’ll ever like raw celery… the smell alone is just awful to me. I used to hate tomatoes as a kid and now I quite like them, same with spicy foods.

  27. Brittany says:

    My Mum would adore this recipe! She loves seafood and fresh spicy dishes

  28. Victoria says:

    I’m so proud of you for branching out (and no longer being disgusted by seafood, haha). Your shrimp tacos look so delicious, perfect with an ice cold beer (Corona, anyone?) and good company. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  29. Shannon says:

    ew, i hate buttered popcorn jelly bellies too!! and it took me awhile to come around to shrimp, but i do like it now and i love the looks of these tacos! yum 🙂

  30. These seriously look amaaaazing. And oh man alive I hate buttered popcorn jelly beans. I may love Harry Potter but I am not a fan of “every flavor beans.” Give me the basics plus black licorice and call it a day.

  31. Courtney says:

    These tacos were phenomenal! So easy, so colorful, and so delicious. Thanks! 🙂

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