Tequila Shrimp Tacos with Apple Slaw & Cilantro Sauce

tequila shrimp tacos with apple slaw & cilantro Salsa

This week it feels like summer is finally here. I know it's not - the forecast for Monday is -2 and flurries. But, as long as it's 22° celsius and I don't have to wear socks, that's summer enough for me. So, if it's summer, that means that we need some food with a little colour and spice. 

These tequila shrimp tacos are the perfect almost summer food, combining tequila marinated shrimp, sweet and crunchy apple slaw, diced pineapple and the easiest spicy cilantro salsa. 

They are easy to prepare, easy on the eyes and really, who doesn't love a taco?








500g shrimp - peeled and cleaned

3 tbsp tequila 

zest of one orange

juice of one orange

1 tsp chilli powder 

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tsp honey

1 cup pineapple - diced

1 tomato - chopped

1 jalapeno - sliced

1/2 cup pepper jack cheese - grated

Cilantro Salsa

1 bunch cilantro - washed

1 green chilli 

1 lemon - juiced

1 clove garlic 

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

Apple Slaw

2 cups cabbage - thinly shredded

1 red apple - julienned 

2 green onions - chopped

1 jalapeno - sliced

1 stalk celery - finely minced

3 tbsp mayonaise

1 cup cilantro - finely chopped

juice of one lime

1/2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. in a bowl combine shrimp, tequila, orange zest, orange juice, chilli powder, oregano, salt, pepper and honey. set aside to marinate 30 minutes.

2. to make the slaw, combine cabbage, apples, celery, cilantro, jalapeños, mayonnaise, lime juice, honey, salt & pepper. mix well and set aside.

3. to make cilantro salsa, place in blender: cilantro, lime juice, green chilli, garlic, salt and olive oil. blend until smooth. adjust seasoning to taste.

4. wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and then in aluminium foil. place in a warm oven, or on the cool part of the BBQ grill, to soften. approx 5-7 minutes.

5. remove shrimp from marinade and sauté in 1 tbsp olive oil, over medium high heat, until opaque and cooked through. 5-6 minutes. OR, grill on the BBQ until opaque and cooked through. 

6. to assemble layer on warm tortillas: slaw, shrimp, chopped tomato, pineapple, cilantro salsa, jalapeños, cheese, chopped cilantro.