Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

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Blackened Cajun shrimp tacos with avocado salsa are made with so many fresh ingredients, and the blackened cajun shrimp takes it to the next level with flavor! These are some healthy and delicious tacos you have got to try! 

I love any kind of tacos… They are all so delicious, and there are so many different ones to try. Check out some of my favorites like these Carne Asada Tacos, these yummy Best Ever Birria Tacos, or these Beef Brisket Tacos!

A platter with 4 blackened Cajun shrimp tacos with a small bowl of avocado salsa.

A Reader’s Review

Made these last night and they are FANTASTIC! The cajun shrimp and cool salsa were a great balance. Five stars from the family and we’re using the leftover salsas dip today!
-Gina

Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos Recipe

This recipe starts with this blackened Cajun shrimp. I love Cajun seasoning because it has so many spices combined in one to really add a kick. It was perfect for seasoning the shrimp and makes a nice crisp seasoned edge. The taste and texture of the shrimp are perfect! But then, you top it off with some delicious avocado salsa and wrap it up in a crisp tortilla… it’s a match made in heaven!

When thinking of what to put inside of these blackened Cajun shrimp tacos, I knew that an avocado salsa had to be involved. I LOVE avocado salsa and could literally eat it with a spoon. Fresh avocados, tomatoes, red onion, black beans, and corn with a squeeze of fresh lime. This really took these tacos to the next level!

Ingredients in Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos

These tacos are so simple and easy! I love using the avocado salsa because then I don’t have to set out individual toppings. You just add that in, and all of the flavors are there in one place, ready to go! Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Jumbo Shrimp: You can use frozen shrimp in this recipe! You can buy it peeled and deveined, which makes it so simple! You can also remove the tails if you want.
  • Cajun Seasoning: You can buy this at the store or easily make it at home with this recipe of mine!
  • Olive Oil: The olive oil helps the seasonings to stick to the shrimp.
  • Feta: You don’t have to use this, but I love to sprinkle on feta cheese as an additional topping.
  • Flour Tortillas: You can buy these at the store or make them at home with this recipe. You can also use corn tortillas if you prefer!

Avocado Salsa

  • Roma Tomatoes: You can dice these up to whatever size you prefer.
  • Yellow Corn: I used a can of corn in this recipe, but you can also take corn fresh from the cob or use thawed frozen corn.
  • Black Beans: After you open your black beans, rinse and drain them before adding them to the salsa.
  • Red Onion: I like to use red onion because it’s the best onion to eat raw.
  • Avocados: Dice these up and add them to the salsa just before serving so that they don’t turn brown.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro adds such a delightful taste to finish off the salsa.
  • Lime: You can just juice from fresh lime or use bottled lime juice. Fresh will always bring in a brighter taste.
  • Salt and Pepper: These will enhance all of the flavors in this salsa that goes on top of these blackened Cajun shrimp tacos.
4 pictures showing how to season and cook the shrimp and how to make the avocado salsa and add it to a tortilla.

How to Make Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos

If you thought the ingredients list was easy, then wait until you see how easy these are to make! Only 3 steps and you will be on your way to eating deliciously flavored tacos and you won’t be able to stop at just one!

  1. Toss and Cook Shrimp: Add the shrimp and cajun seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Toss until coated. Add olive oil and shrimp over medium-high heat in a medium-sized skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until no longer pink.
  2. Make the Avocado Salsa: Add the tomatoes, corn, black beans, red onion, avocado, and cilantro to a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Combine: Assemble the tacos by dividing the avocado salsa and topping it with shrimp. Sprinkle with crumbled feta and serve immediately.
4 assembled blackened Cajun shrimp tacos with avocado salsa.

Variations

These blackened Cajun shrimp tacos are simple and can easily be changed up to fit your needs! Here are a few ideas on how to make them different every time!

  • Seasoning: Cajun seasoning is insanely delicious but have you tried my blackened seasoning? It’s similar but just different enough (it’s slightly less spicy) that you may want to use it on at least half of the tacos so that you have a slight variation of flavor!
  • Toppings: If avocado salsa is not your thing, then there are other ways to add a lot of flavors! Try using shredded purple cabbage with some feta cheese, cilantro, and lime!
The top view of 5 blackened cajun shrimp tacos.

How to Store Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos

These shrimp tacos can be stored as leftovers as long as you store all of the ingredients separately! They will be soggy the next day if you store them all together.

  1. In the Refrigerator: Place your unused shrimp and avocado salsa in separate airtight containers and store them in the fridge. It will last about two days.
  2. To Reheat the Shrimp: You can cook them on the stove with about a teaspoon of olive oil on medium heat for about 1-2 minutes until they are heated through.
A taco folded in half being held by a hand, about ready to eat.

Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

5 from 10 votes
Blackened cajun shrimp tacos with Avocado salsa are made with so many fresh ingredients and the blackened cajun shrimp takes it to the next level with flavor! These are some healthy and delicious tacos you have got to try!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined (you can also remove the tails if you prefer)
  • 1 Tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Avocado salsa:

  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • (1) 11-ounce can of yellow corn, drained
  • (1) 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crumbled feta (optional topping)
  • 4-6 flour tortillas

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl add the shrimp and cajun seasoning. Toss until coated. In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat add olive oil and shrimp. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until no longer pink.
  • To make the avocado salsa: Add the tomatoes, corn, black beans, red onion, avocado, lime juice and cilantro to a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Assemble the tacos dividing the avocado salsa and topping with shrimp. Sprinkle with crumbled feta and serve immediately.

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Notes

Originally Posted on April 2, 2017
Updated on September 21, 2022
 

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories415kcal (21%)Carbohydrates29g (10%)Protein21g (42%)Fat26g (40%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fat4gMonounsaturated Fat16gTrans Fat0.01gCholesterol143mg (48%)Sodium875mg (36%)Potassium830mg (24%)Fiber9g (36%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A1668IU (33%)Vitamin C18mg (22%)Calcium130mg (13%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword avocado salsa, blackened cajun shrimp tacos, cajun shrimp
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! I recently went to tropical cafe and saw Cajun shrimp wraps and I thought I want to make that at home so I got online and starting searching for recipes I came across this one although it wasn’t a wrap these were the yummiest shrimp tacos I’ve ever had. I’m used to traditional tacos and I not too long ago made a decision that I was going to change my bad eating habits. Anyways these were sooo good, I could eat the salsa right by itself. I substituted the cilantro with Italian parsley not intentionally, I accidentally picked up the wrong thing when grocery shopping lol and didnt realize until I started making the recipe. I did intentionally substitute the flour tortillas with yellow corn tortillas as they are lower in carbs and instead of jumbo shrimp I used extra large never the less again this was very very good. I want to try this salsa with chicken next time I make it.

  2. 5 stars
    So delicious Alyssa! We don’t often use cajun spices here in Australia, but after trying these prawns my families will be seeing a lot more of this spice! Can’t wait to try your cajun garlic butter shrimp (or as we say prawns).

  3. The ingredients lists the juice of a lime, but the directions don’t mention when to add it when preparing these blackened cajun shrimp tacos

  4. 5 stars
    These cajon shrimp tacos were wonderful! Full of good, fresh ingredients, yet they are light eating for a hot summer night. There was a lot of salso left over too. Would be great to use along with chicken our beef tomorrow night!

  5. For the Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos recipe, u mention in the recipe to use the juice of one lime, however do not mention where it is used.. can you elaborate on this… thank u!

    1. Thank you for letting me know! I will fix that. You will want to add the lime in the avocado salsa. Then I like to use a little lime juice over each taco at the very end. Hope that helps! XOXO

  6. I’m DEFINITELY going to try this! But with Moroccan seasoning and grilled over the BBQ! Man it looks good!

    1. On these shrimp tacos I used store bought seasoning. You are welcome to try Cajun seasoning from scratch! Let me know what works best for you!

      1. What type of seasoning are you talking about? Living in Louisiana there are so many different kinds!!
        My adult son & his wife L❤️VE these!!
        So it’s time for me to make them!!
        I’m excited about a different way to have shrimp tacos!!
        Thank you~

      2. Cajun seasoning is a seasoning that you can buy in the season isle with the baking goods. Really, any cajun seasoning that you know and love since you are in the south, is going to be great for these tacos. Hope you enjoy them!

      3. Looking at Cajun seasoning on Amazon from your link. Which one do you like? There are 2 listed in the link.
        I can’t seem to find a Cajun seasoning that we love so I’d really like to get the one you use!!!

        Also what recipe would you use for a sauce to put on these?
        We L❤️VE a good sauce!!

        Thank you bunches

  7. XD As a Cajun, here I’m wondering what everyone on this page considers cajun seasoning to consist of. Cause that sure looked herby for cajun seasoning.

  8. 5 stars
    I made your shrimp tacos tonight and they were delicious. I didn’t add beans or corn to my salsa. I had some baby zucchinis from my garden and a added some jalapeño peppers. The creole spice gave the shrimp a wonderful flavor. I will be making them again. They are so easy.

    1. They ARE SO easy!! I am so glad you have your garden already growing!! I love your additions! Thanks for sharing! Xo

  9. 5 stars
    We made these a few days ago. They were very good. As others have said the flavors really offset each other nicely. This was a big hit with all the kids, too.

  10. 5 stars
    Made these last night and they are FANTASTIC! The cajun shrimp and cool salsa were a great balance. Five stars from the family and we’re using the leftover salsa as dip today!
    I stumbled across your website via Pinterest a few months ago in an effort to start cooking more easy but flavorful meals for my family and your recipes have become our absolute favorites! I have tried many and there’s not one we’ve disliked! Keep em’ coming!

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