Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lime Shrimp & Rice Tacos

Zesty lime shrimp is served with Mexican rice, in flour tortillas, for the perfect Cinco de Mayo tacos.

Lime Shrimp & Rice Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

My family LOVES Mexican food. The kids often request tacos for dinner, so I like to change things up a little by sometimes making fish tacos, or shrimp tacos. Since I had limes leftover from my dessert chimichangas, I decided to make some shrimp tacos, for Mexican night. I marinated the shrimp in a mixture of lime and spices, while I prepared a quick and simple Mexican rice. I used Minute Rice, to make things easier, but you can use regular white rice, simply cook for the specified time on the package. When it is just Hubby and I eating the rice, I add in a jalapeno, but when the kiddos are also eating it, I skip it. The rice is delicious either way, so you decide whether you'd like spicy or mild.

This Tex Mex dinner came together in a snap and the kids LOVED it. True seafood lovers, they loved the shrimp paired with the zesty rice. It had a great slightly sweet contrast. We topped our tacos with a variety of toppings, to suit our tastes. Anything from olives for Queenie, to sour cream for Mr.B, these tacos are delicious any way you top them and are a perfect meal for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday.

Lime Shrimp & Rice Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Lime Shrimp & Rice Tacos

1 1/2 Tbs butter
1/2 C red & green peppers chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (seed and ribs taken out)- optional
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 C uncooked Minute Rice
3/4 C water
juice of half a lime

Medium shrimp (41/50 count), peeled and deveined
juice of 1 1/2 limes 
zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp chili powder
pinch of salt and pepper
2 Tbs olive oil (for cooking)
8- inch flour tortillas
additional lime wedges (optional)
choice of toppings- shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, hot sauce, olives

Place shrimp in a mixing bowl. Add in lime zest and juice, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

In a medium pot, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Once butter begins to sizzle add in the onion and peppers (including jalapeno if using) and cook until onions become translucent; about 3 minutes. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper and cook until just tender; about 3 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and stir to coat the veggies with it. Add the rice, water and lime juice and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let sit, while shrimp cooks.

Remove shrimp from refrigerator. Preheat a skillet with 2 Tbs of olive oil, over medium heat. Once oil begins to ripple, add in the shrimp and cook, tossing frequently, until shrimp becomes pink and opaque; about 5-6 minutes. Remove shrimp to a serving bowl.

To serve place desired amount of rice on a flour tortilla, top with cooked shrimp and desired toppings. Serve with additional lime wedges, if desired.

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April J Harris said...

Your Lime Shrimp and Rice Tacos looks so tasty, Cindy! I love easy & delicious dishes like this!

STRODE said...

I want to substitute the shrimp with blackened catfish.

STRODE said...

I want to substitute the shrimp with blackened catfish.

minnie@thelady8home said...

This looks so delicious!!! Very inviting. Shrimps are our fav so this would go so well with me.

Patty Anderson said...

I love that these are the perfect sit on your deck, sip on some margaritas and enjoy these wonderful tacos for dinner.

Grab a Plate said...

Great flavors & love that it comes together so easily! Great for a party, too!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Pinned and Shared #ibabloggers
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Del's cooking twist said...

Looks really delicious. Love the idea!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
Your Shrimp Tacos look wonderful, we would just love them. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Tampa Cake Girl said...

You know I love Mexican food. These tacos look so delicious! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

Ryan said...

Good post!