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Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce. Grilling season is upon us. This easy Shrimp Taco Recipe loaded with fresh produce and drizzled with creamy Ranchero Sauce is a great way to get the ball rolling.

Vibrant Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

Aging. It’s not all bad.

Yes, there is the occasional discovery of a gray hair, or a once cute freckle-turned sun spot. There is the sporadic ache in the back when you sit up in bed. …Things a 30-something is not really prepared for. Developments we believe other people will experience, but surely not us.

Yet there are good things about growing older:  Life-experiences. Beautiful memories that bring a tear to the eye every time your mind wonders. Depth and wisdom earned through unexpected trial. Confidence.

Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

When you’re young, you tend to think that as you age you will lose your sense of confidence when your body passes it’s peak. I find the exact opposite is the more common occurrence.

Every year I’m alive, I gain a bit more self-confidence. Every year I’m alive, I care a little bit less about what people think.

You stop making decisions based on what your peers will say about you. You stop caring whether people will take your actions and words the wrong way. Because you no longer judge other people based on their appearance, you no longer worry if they judge you.

Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

Age offers a freedom that is unachievable in youth. Age allows you to focus on what’s important in life and throw off superficial distractions. Growing older is a beautiful thing.

I like aging; I think I’ll keep doing it. That doesn’t mean I plan to throw away my wrinkle cream.

How to Make Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

This Shrimp Tacos Recipe is a quick and delightful meal for any night of the week. The shrimp are quickly grilled with a sprinkling of hot smoked paprika, then drizzled with a zesty and creamy Ranchero Sauce.

The Ranchero sauce is easy to whip up and and offers a bright, bold flavor. It is fabulous on shrimp, but also tasty on chicken, beef and pork.

Fresh Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

Although the shrimp and Ranchero Sauce are completely delicious, the highlight of this recipe is in the fixin’s. This shrimp taco recipe  is loaded high with shredded red cabbage, grilled corn, avocado and grapes.

That’s right, I said GRAPES. Remember, I’m getting older, so I don’t care what ya’ll think anymore. *wink*

Grilled Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

No really, the grapes on this Shrimp Tacos Recipe provide a cool, sweet pop that is the perfect complement to the smokey grilled shrimp and spicy smooth Ranchero Sauce. The flavors and textures in these shrimp tacos are extremely well balanced.

A heavenly meal at any age.

Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce

Yield: 8 tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


For the Ranchero Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (use half is sensitive to heat)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 whole jarred roasted red pepper, chopped (or homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup stock, any variety
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

For the Shrimp Taco Recipe:

  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • hot smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 corn cobs, shucked and cleaned
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • Tortillas, 16 corn or 8 wheat


  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. For the Ranchero Sauce: Add the oil to a sauce pan and place it over medium heat. Saute the onion, jalapeno, and garlic until soft--3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the red pepper, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, cumin, stock and 1/4 tsp salt. Simmer for 10 minutes on low.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully pour into a blender. Add the cream and place the lid on the blender--sightly jarred so it can vent. Puree the sauce until smooth, then set aside.
  4. For the Shrimp Taco Recipe: Sprinkle the raw shrimp with salt pepper and paprika. Place the corn and the shrimp on the grill. Grill the shrimp for 2 minutes per side, until just pink. Grill the corn for 2 minutes per side, rotating to get char marks on all sides. When the corn has cooled a little, cut it off the cobs.
  5. Warm the tortillas in the microwave. Place a bed of cabbage on the bottom of a tortilla, followed by 3-4 shrimp, corn, grapes and avocado. Drizzle with ranchero sauce and serve.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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53 Responses to “Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Ranchero Sauce”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted April 9, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Love the grapes! I bet it’s perfect. That IS one of the great things about getting older, right? To say what I gotta say! Though those sun spots…ugh.


  2. Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriffposted April 9, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I love your words about getting older and wiser – I feel the same way! As usual, gorgeous pictures to go along with a beautiful recipe.

    Tell me, do you use natural light or lighting equipment?


  3. Priyankaposted April 9, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Lovely. Not only is the recipe wonderful, the pics are so beautiful and bright. Awesome


  4. Mariaposted April 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Love the bright colors!


  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted April 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Yum, your tacos look wonderful! I love the ranchero sauce!!


  6. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted April 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

    These look amazing, Sommer!


  7. Amyposted April 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    This looks fabulous! And yes, mighty perfect for kicking off grill season. YUM!


  8. Jeanetteposted April 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Beautifully written post Sommer – and gorgeous photos to go along with it. I agree, as you get older, you do gain in self confidence and care a lot less about what others think about you when you make choices.


  9. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted April 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

    That ranchero sauce looks amazing and I’m right there with you on the aging thing! Beautiful photos too.


  10. Monetposted April 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Great reflections on the beauty of aging and of course, a delicious meal that I want to eat RIGHT NOW. Such vibrant colors and flavors. Thank you for sharing. It was a great way to start my week. I hope you have a blessed day!


  11. Jen @ Juanita's Cocinaposted April 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Did you say grapes?

    Duuuude, I’m so totally in. I cannot wait to try these!

    Also, I may or may not have invested in wrinkle-reducing companies…for my own good. *sigh*


  12. Bev Weidnerposted April 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I am sooooo into this. And aging. With these tacos. In my head. And mouth.


  13. The Mistress of Spicesposted April 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful post, as usual! You inspire me to strive to make peace with aging (for the time being, I cringe merely typing the word). I especially love the ranchero sauce.


  14. the wicked noodle (@thewickednoodle)posted April 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I am SO pinning this one!! I’ve never considered grapes in shrimp tacos but they look and sound amazing!!


  15. Kristenposted April 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I’m totally with you on the aging thing. More confidence, less fretting, easier living!
    These tacos look amazing… grapes? Interesting touch indeed. I’m intrigued!


  16. Steph@stephsbitebybiteposted April 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Grapes! wow, I would have never thought of that! But it sounds so good! I’m so curious that I am gonna have to try it!


  17. Priscilla Mposted April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Would never thought of putting grapes into my shrimp taco, but seems like a great idea! They add sweetness to otherwise tangy food. Fabulous!


  18. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted April 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Let’s try this again. I LOVE tacos and am so ready to fire up the grill and cook up some shrimp… and, of course, make batches of margaritas. I absolutely love this!


  19. Kiri W.posted April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Oh wow – I love shrimp tacos, but never had grapes with them. Sounds fantastic! :)


  20. Ambikaposted April 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    The ranchero sauce sounds absolutely delicious!! Would love to try that :)


  21. Nancy Longposted April 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Yum, making this one really soon


  22. Bakeaholicposted April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Yum! I’m making my healthy meal plan for the week, I think I’ll add these shrimp tacos to the line-up. They look delicious!!


  23. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Mouth-watering, Sommer! These shrimp tacos look simply ‘HEAVENLY’

    Hugs <3


  24. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted April 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I love the shrimp shot! And I want that basket – super cute. Also what a scrumptious taco recipe. I have never seen or heard of grapes in fish tacos. I am very intrigued though.


  25. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted April 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    And by fish tacos I mean shrimp tacos. Haha. Who knows here my head is today.


  26. Kankanaposted April 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Love the idea of adding grapes.. and that too red grapes. It’s a perfect blend with those shrimp and the spicy dressing!


  27. Kim Beeposted April 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I adore this recipe but I love sentiment of this post even more. Love the way you think.


  28. Lizposted April 10, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I totally agree…I walked into Saks yesterday in my yoga clothes…and told my friend I would have never done that 10 years ago! Love your shrimp tacos…and your photos are magazine worthy, Sommer!


  29. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted April 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

    you’re right, growing older IS beautiful! i think i’ll copy you and keep doing it too :)

    and these tacos…OMG…i need them STAT!


  30. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Toothposted April 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

    The photos are so incredibly colorful and beautiful and the tacos and ranchero sauce look delicious!


  31. Kristi Rimkusposted April 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Wonderful sauce and I would never have thought to add grapes, but I can see it would be perfect with shrimp and avocado.


  32. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted April 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Love this idea! So fresh and pretty looking


  33. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Outposted April 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I am totally digging the grapes in these tacos! I love grapes in my chicken salad – for that exact sweet, cool POP that you mentioned here. I am intrigued…


  34. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted April 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Your post was humorous and wise. It’s important to take the approach of living without care for unnecessary judgement of others – this kind of confidence is not only motivating, it is self-encouragement to try new things without worrying about the outcome. This type of wisdom is great in the kitchen! And obviously it panned out well, because your tacos look fabulous and they’re certainly unique! I love finding different textures and hidden bursts of flavor in my food, which all of the ingredients seem to do. I am so excited now to try grapes in my next batch of tacos – your ranchero sauce sounds lovely, too!


  35. katieposted April 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Woah-this looks amazing and I can only imagine how robust the flavor profile is. I was salivating at the computer as I looked at your photos and read your thoughts on aging. I love it–I just had a birthday and I know I should embrace growing older but in past years I’ve feared it. I love your take on it!


  36. Peggyposted April 11, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Oh I’m loving the grapes in there! The whole taco sounds absolutely amazing =)


  37. vianneyposted April 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    love the addition of grapes and aging is actually doing me good ~ I also could give a crap what people think of me, LOL!!


  38. Aggieposted April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Um, yes please! I love that you added grapes! so different, I’m intrigued!

    I wish I could pluck a shrimp right off my screen…and some of the that corn, avocado, cabbage stuff…this is my kind of meal girl. Thanks for the linky love!


  39. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted April 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Love the addition of grapes, flavors and textures from different ingredients.. As to aging. I don’t care less of what others think. I am always 29 ;)


  40. Javelin Warriorposted April 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love the colors, I love the textures, I love the freshness of these tacos – this is just beautiful and looks delicious. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…


  41. Shannon @ RecipesMeposted April 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, now thats a different taco. It does sound very interesting.


  42. Caraposted April 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    This sounds like an amazing flavor combination. I could even see grilling the grapes too. Yum!


  43. Sarahposted May 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    This was a super yummy flavor combination! I had a good amount of the ranchero sauce left and I used it in place of bell peppers and tomatoes in my Mexican Rice recipe. It was soooooooo flavorful! My husband thought I cheated and bought boxed Spanish rice! I am going to be making the ranchero sauce just to cook with rice in the future! Thanks for the recipe!


  44. Georgina Vinasposted May 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    WOW I made this and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing! I have to try the Mexican Chile Pops for this season. I just need to make my shopping list :)


  45. Doodlerposted May 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Never thought of grapes and shrimp together. Sounds interesting.

    I feel the same way about aging. I hit the age of 45 (I am now 51) and decided that I didn’t care what others said or felt about me. I.also found that I have no patience for all the gossip and stuff on tv anymore. I am more like my dad than ever as he had no patience for stupidity, and I don’t anymore. Age teaches U so much about yourself, what a real friend is and how u deal with the world.


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  47. Shiloh Barkleyposted January 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Pinned and gave this a Facebook shout out!


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  53. Crystalposted April 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This sounds amazing! I wonder if I could grill a few dozen ears  of corn and freeze after cutting it off the cob. If the flavor holds well that would be a great time saver for me. 


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