Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

“I love the shrimp tacos at Rubios. This was meant to be a recreation of one of them. It didn’t really turn out like the Rubios tacos, but they are still really tasty. You can do this with or without pineapple. I just happened to have picked up a nice one at the grocery store and pineapple always goes great with shrimp. The pineapple slaw is also really good on its own.” – April Ferre

Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

Course: Main Courses – Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: Mexican


For the Shrimp:

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Pound Medium Shrimp 41-50 Count, Peeled & Deveined

For the Pineapple Slaw:

  • 3 Cups Cabbage Finely Shredded
  • 1/3 Cup Cilantro Coarsely Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño Finely Chopped
  • 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple Diced Small

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 Recipe Chipotle Cream Sauce Made One Day In Advance
  • 2 Avocados Sliced
  • 20 White Corn Tortillas


Prepare the Shrimp:

  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice and spices in a bowl. Whisk well to combine. Add shrimp and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Sauté shrimp in a small amount of marinade until pink and just cooked through. Do not over cook!

Prepare the Pineapple Slaw:

  • In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and pineapple.
  • In a small bowl, make the dressing by combing the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour over cabbage mixture and toss well to combine. If eating over several days, only dress as much slaw as you will eat in one sitting.

Assemble the Tacos:

  • Heat tortillas.
  • Add 4 shrimp per taco and top with a small amount of chipotle cream sauce, then with a generous amount of pineapple slaw.
  • Add a slice of avocado and serve immediately. Makes approximately 10 tacos.

2023 Original Recipe – April Ferre

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