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Sweet and Savory Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Contributors: Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

Published: October 20, 2017

shrimp tacos
Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD

Taco filling is typically made with ground meat, but it doesn't have to be. For this recipe, we combine the convenience of frozen shrimp with the usual taco seasonings — chili powder, cumin, garlic and salsa — and then toss in some unlikely ingredients: black beans and crushed pineapple. The result is a slightly sweet, fiber-filled dinner that's sure to make everyone smile. If you have young children and they happen to be missing a few front teeth, you may want to switch from crunchy taco shells to soft flour or corn tortillas.


12 taco shells
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound frozen small cooked shrimp, thawed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1½ cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup salsa
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped tomato, light sour cream, shredded lettuce


Before you begin: Wash your hands.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Bake the taco shells according to package directions and set aside.
  2. While the shells are baking, heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder and cook until the shrimp are warmed through, about 1 minute (if using fresh shrimp, cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Stir in the beans, corn, pineapple and salsa, and heat through, about 2 minutes. Add the cheese and heat until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Using a slotted spoon to remove any excess liquid, place a generous ½ cup of the shrimp mixture into each taco shell. Serve with optional toppings.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 2 Tacos
Serves 6

Calories: 380; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Trans Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 155mg; Sodium: 540mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 27g; Vitamin A: 10%; Vitamin C: 15%; Calcium: 20%; Iron: 20%.

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