One of the things that has amused me most about becoming a food blogger is hearing people say they are “intimidated” to cook for me. Somehow I’ve heard that four times this month. And while I suppose I understand, it always makes me laugh. Because oh my goodness, my friends will be the first to tell you…
I am the last person anyone should feel intimidated to cook for!
Well first off, whenever anyone drops the “i” word, my first response is always incredulous — “Have you seen the recipes on my blog?!” Hellooooo. :) Pretty much the only recipes I make are those that fall into the quick and easy and non-intimidating category. And I love it that way. I mean, I will happily accept your invite to a gourmet 8-course feast at a 5-star restaurant anytime. But I feel much more comfortable around simple, fresh, delicious meals that have been prepared by hands I know.
I also get so ridiculously excited when someone else serves me a homemade meal that I will eat just about anything I’m served. That’s right — anything. I’ll taste-test your first time experimenting with a new dish. I’ll gladly enjoy some of the leftovers in your fridge. Hey, I’ll even choke down some hamburger and mayo and olives if they show up on my plate. Because if my friends were the ones cooking them up (and I didn’t have to), I’m all in. And more than anything, probably just thrilled to be sharing a meal together, which is about my favorite thing on earth.
Anyway, speaking of non-intimidating food, let’s talk about these fabulous shrimp tacos I made this week. Guys, they’re nothing super special or fancy — just tortillas filled with taco-seasoned shrimp, mango salsa, and an easy crema on top. But I’m telling you, they are delicious. Absolutely my kind of comfort food.
Let’s make some!
I almost hesitated to post this recipe because these tacos are, in fact, so simple.
(I recommend using the spicy version if you want an extra kick!)
Whip up a batch of my favorite 5-Ingredient Mango Salsa…
Then grab some flour tortillas and fill ’em up, and drizzle on a simple Greek yogurt “crema” that’s seasoned with some lime juice, chili powder, and a little honey for sweetness.
These tacos are sweet, they’re savory, they’re fresh, they’re quick and easy, and — I’m telling you — they are pretty much going to disappear in a heartbeat once you serve them. Totally non-intimidating, and totally good.
optional toppings: crumbled queso fresco, sliced avocado, extra chopped cilantro
Sweet Chili Lime Crema Ingredients:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of salt
To Make The Easy Mango Shrimp Tacos:
Toss the shrimp in a large bowl with the taco seasoning until the shrimp are evenly coated.
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and saute for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are completely cooked through and opaque inside. Remove from heat, transfer the shrimp to a separate plate, and set aside.
To assemble your tacos, portion the shrimp evenly between 6-8 flour tortillas, topped with a few spoonfuls of mango salsa. Then drizzle with the sweet chili lime crema to taste. Add optional toppings if desired. Serve warm.
To Make The Sweet Chili Lime Crema:
Whisk all ingredients together until combined. Taste, and add extra salt or honey if needed.
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These tacos look incredible!! Great combo of flavors – sweet n spicy! And I like simple – simple is good – especially for summer cooking!! Thanks for the great recipe!
Thanks Deborah, we hope you like them! :)
Beautiful! LOVE all the colors. I bet these taste amazing!
Thanks Stephanie, we hope you enjoy them!
Look delicious! And I have the exact same attitude about other people cooking for me….I will eat absolutely anything you put in front of me…very happily!
Thanks Sarah, we hope you enjoy these!
Yum!!! Love this!!!
My husband said this was the most delicious shrimp taco he has ever had. It was quite amazing. The sweetness of the lime sauce complements the heat of the jalapeños so perfectly. Sorry I couldn’t wait to take a picture. We devoured them so quickly.
What a nice compliment Shashi, thank you (and thank your husband for us!) :) We’re glad you both enjoyed these so much!
It is too funny that people are intimidated by your cooking. Perhaps it is your adventurous attitude that puts them back a bit? In our house, I often make a new recipe when guest are coming. It’s not like I am always going to make something just for the two of us and have all those left-overs. BUT we do have a system. Any new recipe can be rated A-F by anyone who eats it. You’re not allowed to say it sucks, but you can give it an F. (There have been a few bad ratings.) There is always enough food so that if it’s not good, something else is available. Once, when I was young, my mother came in and sat down to dinner with a large group of friends (after calling, “Please start! I’m just soaking the pots!” from the kitchen). We were all pushing the disgusting salad (how can a salad be disgusting? – it was!) around our plates. She took one bite and said, “Well, I guess everyone’s finished with their salads,” and we cleared the table for the next course. I just don’t take it seriously. You win some and you lose some. With so many interesting recipes to try, we never make a B or below rated recipe unless it is a simple fix like it needs twice the sauce.
Thanks for sharing Allison, we like your attitude! :D
One of my favorite combos (Mango & Shrimp) for the summer! looks delish :)
Thanks Natalie, we hope you enjoy these!
I’ve never been let down from anything on this site. These were absolutely amazing! My husband asked me to make them every week, and my 5 year old loved the Mango salsa! Thank you for making my weekly meal planning easy.
Awesome — I love it! :)
Yum! Had been looking to mix up our standard taco meal and these hit the spot. Only changes I made were to reduce the heat since my family prefers fairly bland food and I added pineapple to the salsa so the kids would eat it. Thank you for the easy and delicious recipe.
Thanks for sharing Leah, we’re glad you enjoyed them! :)