My new go-to weeknight tacos, Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce. Spicy roasted shrimp and sweet pineapple stuffed into warmed tortillas with a creamy, roasted garlic sauce, crunchy slaw, and avocado. The spicy tropical shrimp tacos made all on just one sheet pan and in under 30 minutes. These tacos are quick, simple, healthy, and so delicious!
Starting the week off with tropical tacos! If you read yesterday’s favorites post you know my family is planning a trip to the Caribbean this summer. After thinking about that trip, I was inspired to make a fun tropical taco. Of course, they’d be even better if they were enjoyed on a tropical beach in ninety-plus-degree weather…a cool drink with an umbrella would be a great addition too!
I still have a few months until that family trip, but until then, I’m making these tacos. They’re not as exciting as that vacation, but geez, they sure are good. And they’re the easiest to make too!
By looking at the ingredient list, these tacos might seem involved, but they could not be easier or quicker to make. They’re complete with spicy seasoned-up shrimp, the best roasted jalapeño pineapple salsa, and a creamy cooling cilantro lime garlic sauce too.
There’s a lot happening, but I have a few tricks that keep these tacos quick and easy!
Here are the quick details
Start out with the shrimp. I love to roast the shrimp in the oven – so quick and mess free. The shrimp are tossed in a tropical spicy mix of chili powder, all-spice, ginger, thyme, and cayenne pepper. It’s very, very Caribbean-inspired.
On the same pan as the shrimp, I also roast up the garlic for the garlic sauce, and the jalapeño for the salsa.
Just throw everything into the oven and roast. The shrimp cooks in less than ten minutes, so these really do come together quickly. I love to give everything a little crispiness right before I pull the pan out of the oven. So for the last minute of cooking, I switch the oven to broil for that extra little touch. Just be sure to watch closely, broilers work quickly!
Now, that garlic sauce
For the garlic sauce, I grab those two roasted garlic cloves from the sheet pan and puree them with a little greek yogurt. I then add plenty of cilantro and green onions.
It’s best to keep this sauce on the simpler, cool side since both the shrimp and the pineapple have a nice kick to them. This sauce provides the perfect balance.
And lastly, the salsa…my favorite
We all know how much I love a fruity salsa. I include them in most of my taco recipes and prefer them to a tomato-based salsa any day.
But this roasted jalapeño pineapple salsa…it’s all done up. And it’s my favorite salsa yet. For one, the roasted jalapeño is a game-changer. It adds a smokiness to the sweet pineapple that’s so delicious. My next non-traditional secret? A squeeze of orange juice in addition to fresh lime juice. It carries out the tropical flavors and vibes and adds an extra special citrus essence to the salsa that’s addictingly good.
I would eat this by the spoonful…
But of course, it’s better when piled into these tacos.
So layer up a little smashed avocado, creamy slaw, salsa, and shrimp then drizzle over that garlic sauce. Looks fancy and like these tacos took hours to prepare, but in reality, they take thirty minutes – tops.
Got to love that, and what’s even better? They taste pretty darn amazing too. Perfect weeknight taco to keep dinner fresh and exciting!
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Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce
Calories Per Serving: 290 kcal
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- 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
- 1 teaspoon all-spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- kosher salt and black pepper
- warm tortillas and smashed avocado, for serving
Garlic Cilantro Sauce
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. 2. On a baking sheet, toss the shrimp with olive oil, chili powder, all-spice, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, cayenne, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer. Add the garlic (for the garlic sauce) and the jalapeños (for the salsa). Roast 6-8 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked. During the last minute, switch the oven to broil and broil until lightly charred. Set the shrimp aside.3. To make the sauce. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skin and add to a blender with the yogurt and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Add the cilantro, green onions, and a pinch of salt. Pulse to combine. 4. Add the cabbage to a large bowl and toss with 1/3 cup of the garlic sauce. 5. To make the salsa. De-seed the jalapeño (if desired), then chop and add to a bowl with the pineapple, cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. 6. Stuff the avocado, slaw, salsa, and shrimp into the warmed tortillas. Top with garlic sauce and additional salsa.