So I have to make a confession. Making these shrimp tacos for the first time, was the first time I've ever had shrimp tacos. I love shrimp and I love tacos, so I have no idea how that happened. Even though these were the first ones I’ve ever made or tasted, they ended up being BOMB. The shrimp is so easy to make, and the slaw perfectly cools you down from the spicy shrimp.
I like to make the slaw dressing and let it sit for a while instead of tossing the cabbage in the dressing and letting the dressed slaw sit. The only reason I prefer letting the dressing sit separately is because the cabbage can start to dye the dressing purple. Not a big deal, but it is a little less aesthetically pleasing.
1 lb shrimp
2 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cayenne
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper
For Purple Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Slaw
½ head of purple cabbage
2 cup shaved Brussels sprouts
¼ cup mayo
¼ cup sour cream
2 gloves garlic, grated or finely minced
2 limes or ¼ cup lime juice
2 tsp cilantro
8 corn tortillas
Your favorite toppings (pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, salsas, guac, etc.)
To cook the shrimp: Season the shrimp with paprika, cayenne, lime juice, salt and pepper. Heat some oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Put the shrimp in the pan and cook for 2 minutes each side, or until they turn pink.
To make the slaw: Cut purple cabbage into small strips. Combine mayo, sour cream, garlic, lime juice and salt in pepper in a medium bowl. If the dressing seems too thick, add a few drops of water to thin it out. If using it immediately, toss the cabbage and Brussels sprouts in the dressing until coated. If not, let the dressing sit in the refrigerator for a while, to let the flavors meld, then toss the cabbage and Brussels sprouts in to coat. Serve on top of shrimp on tacos.
To heat the tortillas, just put directly over low flame on stove grates and flip every 8-10 seconds for a minute. To assemble the tacos, layer shrimp on top of slaw and add any toppings you want. The slaw dressing adds a nice creamy kick on top of the tacos!