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BBQ Shrimp Tacos

From the shrimp to the BBQ sauce to the pineapple, these BBQ Shrimp Tacos are the stuff summer dreams are made of!

Head-on view of two BBQ shrimp tacos on a white plate with a lime wedge with second plate in the background and recipe title at top

Are you the type of person who dutifully shuts your computer down every single evening? Or the type who has eleventy-billion browser tabs open at all times and therefore, never shuts it down? For me, 25 tabs is normal. In one browser. I usually have at least two browsers open at all times. It’s obnoxious and it makes my computer run slowly, but I’m not sure that I’ll ever change (no matter how much my husband tries to convince me). Guys, I need those 25 tabs open because who knows when I’ll need to go back and reference them? Whether the tabs consist of recipes, research I’m conducting, posts I’ve started writing, or news articles I’ve opened with full intentions of reading, if I close them, I’ll lose them and never be able to get that inspiration back.

Sometimes it makes my life feel cluttered since I’m basically in front of my computer non-stop. And decluttering your head is tough business. I think the best way to do so is with simple foods. I’m not talking frozen pizza, though. I’m talking a complete meal you put together, but one that you can do seamlessly on a busy night. One that makes you feel like you know exactly what you’re doing and have something to show for it. Unlike the million of tabs I have open. One like these BBQ Shrimp Tacos.


There are so many things I love about these tacos. Here they are in list form:

  1. They are basically summer in a nutshell. BBQ sauce, shrimp, and pineapple? I feel like I’m on a tropical vacation except I’m really just sitting in my backyard.
  2. They’re so incredibly easy. Which also kinda makes me feel like I’m on vacation. But sometimes in the summer, I just don’t want to do a lot of work to get a delicious dinner on the table, so the fact that these require minimal effort is a huge bonus to me. The shrimp does need an hour to marinate in the sauce, but you can take a nap while it marinates (you can also let it marinate overnight while you sleep!)
  3. Tacos. Tacos always make me happy and I will never ever get sick of them.
  4. Oh wait, one more thing! The crunch from the red cabbage is everything.

Overhead view of a BBQ shrimp taco being made, including a flour tortilla on a white plate and topped with BBQ shrimp, red cabbage, pineapple, cotija cheese, and lime juice

Clearly, I could gush about how simple but perfect these BBQ shrimp tacos are non-stop. And how if you make them for friends, they’ll think you’re like the best cook ever. And how you can laugh to yourself because you make them pretty much every single night now and could probably do so with your eyes closed.

You may as well. You just pop the shrimp in the oven instead of using the stove anyway. You don’t need your eyes open to put a dish in the oven, do you?? OK, it’s possible the chopping of the jalapeños, green onions, and pineapple could cause you some difficulties…

So, maybe leave your eyes open for this one. The colors are pretty to look at, at least?

Landscape closeup view of a BBQ shrimp taco on a white plate with a lime wedge

And that counts for a lot.

I just love shrimp because it can be so appropriate for many seasons, depending on how it’s prepared. I could happily eat it every single week, prepared in a new and unique way.

Head-on view of two BBQ shrimp tacos on a white plate with a lime wedge with second plate in the background

Once I’ve made and enjoyed a meal like this, I feel ready to head back to tackle my mess of a computer. Though sometimes I simply pass flat out on the couch with my fingers still resting on my keyboard. And all 25 browser tabs still open and my computer fan running strong. Meh, who says your computer needs to be shut down every week anyway?? (besides you know, computer manufacturers).

How many tabs are currently open on your computer?

If you love these tacos, be sure to check out my Fish Tacos and my BBQ Chicken Tacos. I also want to try these Spicy Chicken Tinga Tacos from House of Nash Eats!

BBQ Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins

From the shrimp to the BBQ sauce to the pineapple, these BBQ Shrimp Tacos are the stuff summer dreams are made of!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp Recipes, Shrimp Tacos, Taco Recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp minced jalapeño peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 6" flour tortillas
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 3 oz. cotija cheese, crumbled
  1. Put shrimp, BBQ sauce, minced jalapeños, minced garlic, and lime juice in a large airtight plastic bag and cover shrimp completely with marinade. Put in fridge for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

  3. Place shrimp with marinade in baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, until shrimp are fully cooked through and pink.

  4. Warm tortillas in oven.

  5. Place shrimp in warmed tortillas and top with pineapple, green onions, red cabbage, and cotija cheese.

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20 Responses to "BBQ Shrimp Tacos"

  1. LisaR. says:

    I love fish tacos and will try this recipe – it looks awesome! Congrats on being highlighted in Parade mag website!!

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I am the same way with my computer – so many tabs at once! I almost never shut down and I get so annoyed when my browser closes itself and I lose my tabs!

    These shrimp tacos sound delish.

  3. Pam says:

    They look FANTASTIC!!!

  4. Living The Sweet Life says:

    I just stumbled on your blog, after reading another one of the favourite food blogs. First, I must say I LOVE the title of your blog!! And, this taco recipe, you have me sold – it’s fresh, it’s beautiful, it’s soooo summer!!

  5. Kelly @ Trial and Eater says:

    I’m totally the same way about having too many tabs open at all times! Every once in a while I will do a “sweep” of them and either copy down the idea, website, etc. or actually read the article I’ve had open for 2 weeks. It’s usually only so that I can restart my computer to install updates or something though! These shrimp tacos look like a great thing to be eating while sorting through all our open browser tabs 🙂

  6. Sarah & Arkadi says:

    these look lovely! there is a place nearby us that is always busy and they specialize in tacos. we could not get in last time but your recipe is totally motivating us to try some ourselves!

  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    I love the colors on this dish. I’ve been on a shrimp kick lately and definitely want to whip this up. I always have a lot of tabs open too!

  8. sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

    these look delicious!!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I am totally the type of person who always has 20 different tabs open! Although I do shut my computer down every night! 🙂 The tacos look amazing! I love the bbq flavor, so fun!

  10. kristy @ the wicked noodle says:

    I am STARVING right now and these tacos are the only thing I want!! They look so flavorful and healthy, too!

  11. Justine says:

    These are soooo pretty. Almost too pretty to eat but I still would!!

    I do the same thing with tabs and not shutting my computer down!

  12. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says:

    Just found your blog and I absolutely adore it!!! I’m definitely on my computer all the time, but I’m not big tabs person! I can only hand about four open at one time before I start feeling like my page is too cluttered.

  13. Asmita says:

    These tacos look insanely delicious! So want to dive into them!

  14. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I have 16 tabs open at this very moment in time! But, that will reduce to about 6 before I head off home. I leave my laptop at work so I cannot touch it in the afternoons, evenings and over the weekend. Love the look of these tacos – something I have never tried before 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    I go back and forth. Some nights I’m like I MUST SHUT THIS DOWN OR THE WORLD WILL END. And other nights it’s more like IF YOU MAKE ME SHUT THIS I WILL BITE YOUR FINGERS OFF.

    Probably biting into these shrimp tacos is a better alternative.

  16. Karen says:

    These tacos look unreal. So yummy! Love the feta cheese on tacos. 🙂

  17. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    I try really hard to shut down my computer every night, but there are definitely those times where I have a million tabs open I can’t bare to close just yet. These tacos though…I could eat them every night!

  18. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong says:

    Haha!! I can totally relate.. I have atleast 20-25 tabs open in one browser (hubby has stopped trying convincing me anymore.. it fails everytime 😉 ) Oh yes! shrimps are my fav.. These tacos look absolutely brilliant.. Love the tropical touch.. 🙂

  19. Megan says:

    I usually have tons of tabs and at least two windows open too!

  20. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    It sounds like we are just alike…my computer goes to sleep with lots of tabs open. Your shrimp tacos sound very good. 🙂

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