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Shrimp tacos with onions, bell peppers, and sautéed kale in a corn tortilla with lime wedges on the side.

Easy 20-Minute Shrimp Tacos

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  • Author: Shannon Emery
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 (2 tacos each) 1x


Fresh shrimp, onions, bell peppers, and kale sautéed in butter, olive oil, garlic, and spices. Finished with a big squeeze of lime, a drizzle of hot sauce, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream all wrapped up in a warm soft corn tortilla in only 20 minutes!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 pound small raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon organic no-salt seasoning (or any all-purpose seasoning you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • a few good shakes of black pepper
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 3 lacinato kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 lime, plus extra lime wedges for serving
  • 8 small white corn tortillas, warmed
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Cholula or any hot sauce you enjoy (optional)
  • sour cream or greek yogurt (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp, garlic, seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper, and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Add bell pepper and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Add chopped kale, 1 tablespoon butter, and lime juice. Sauté for about a minute more or just until the kale is slightly wilted.
  6. Stuff the shrimp mixture into warmed tortillas. Top with fresh cilantro, hot sauce, and sour cream. EAT!


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Tortillas can be warmed in the microwave for about 20 seconds with a damp paper towel placed over them or you can drizzle a little bit of olive oil or butter in a pan or on a griddle, place tortillas in the pan, and cook for about 30 seconds each side.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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