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Cilantro Lime Sauce for Tacos + Shrimp Tacos

This delicious twist on shrimp tacos will knock your socks off. Cilantro Lime Sauce for Tacos is EASY and you can add no spice or a lot of spice!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i make cilantro lime sauce for tacos
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 383kcal


Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic quartered
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • salt/pepper


  • 1 lb shrimp tail-on, pre-cooked and thawed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning 2-3 tbsp
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, optional
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced
  • 1 cup guacamole prepared
  • jalapenos sliced, optional
  • 1/2 cup salsa of choice
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • lime wedges and cilantro for serving


Make The Sauce

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, green onions, salt and pepper. Process/puree until creamy. Pour into a container, cover and chill until ready to serve.

Make The Tacos

  • Place the shrimp in a rimmed, shallow pan. Drizzle the olive oil over top of the shrimp and toss to coat. Spoon the taco seasoning evenly over the shrimp, making sure all surfaces are coated. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the contents of the pan into a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp are heated through. Transfer to a serving bowl (include liquid).
  • Place tortillas on plates and top with shrimp, cheese (if using), tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, onions, guacamole, jalapenos (if using) and salsa. Squeeze lime juice over tops, if desired, top with cilantro and the Cilantro Lime Sauce and serve!


  • I omitted the cheese from our version of Shrimp Tacos because the Cilantro Lime Sauce added the perfect amount of flavor.
  • For a healthier sauce, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
  • You can add tons of jalapenos and/or use spicy salsa for a super-spicy taco or you can omit the jalapenos and use a mild salsa for a mild taco. You can also add diced green chiles or chili powder for extra spice.
  • Add guacamole or salsa, or both, as toppings! Go crazy with lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The stars of this recipe are the shrimp and the Cilantro Lime Sauce. Everything else is icing on the cake.
  • Great options for cheeses for tacos: cheddar, mozzarella, pepperjack or cotija cheese.
  • Garlic powder or fresh garlic would be a great addition to the shrimp.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 933mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1231IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 3mg