Be it a dinner party, a family gathering, or just another simple weeknight meal, our shrimp fajitas recipe will ensure you have a great time.
While tacos and fajitas, just like other Mexican dishes, are both delicious, we wouldn’t say it’s for the same reasons. Tacos are all about the crunchy, hard textures, but fajitas veer towards the comfy side. The warm wraps, the spiced meat, the sweet peppers, and the rich sauce, all make for the perfect comfort food.
Today’s shrimp fajitas recipe aims to make this comfort food exactly like it should be, with minimal effort. We make sure the shrimp and peppers are perfectly charred, the tortillas are warm, the sauce is spot-on, and the spices are plentiful. It’s classic, it’s straightforward, and it’s really fun assembling the rolls.
And hey, if you love fajitas as much as we do, one meal will never be enough. Satisfy your cravings with these Beef Fajitas and Chicken Fajitas as well.
How Healthy Are Shrimp Fajitas?
Each of our fajita rolls contains three or four shrimp and is loaded with bell peppers. These ingredients are beneficial to the body in their own ways.
Besides nutrient diversity, healthy eating involves certain limitations as well. For instance, overconsuming salt (more specifically, sodium) is linked to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, so controlling levels of salt or sodium-rich ingredients is crucial. These limitations are discussed in detail in our guidelines.
Once they’re served at an appropriate serving size, fajitas will not put you at risk of exceeding these limitations. Ours, for instance, come in two rolls per serving with around 500 calories, 2 g saturated fats, and 580 mg sodium. They can help to keep your diet within moderation easier.
Ingredients That Our Shrimp Fajitas Recipe Calls for
There are corn tortillas, shrimp, bell peppers, onions, spices, herbs, and several others that make the white sauce:
1. Main Ingredients
Tied to the image of fajitas are flour tortillas: compared to corn tortillas, they are chewier and more resilient for forming wraps. It’s something that all products made of wheat flour share, actually, the glutinous texture and gluten also. Made of corn flour, corn tortillas are firmer and thus often seen in tacos as the hard shells.
But still, if you’re after a gluten-free dish like we are, they will do just fine.
For fajitas, it is best to use small shrimp since they spread across the rolls evenly. You can use large shrimp and then cut them into smaller pieces, but if possible, we recommend using small shrimp.
They do, however, take longer to peel than large shrimp. To save time, we suggest you purchase shrimp that are already peeled and frozen in bags instead. They will work just as well as fresh shrimp, but with the extra work already done for you.
And no, the color of your bell pepper won’t affect the taste much. Green bell peppers have less sweetness in theory, but the difference is very subtle. What matters, at least to us, is how colorful the rolls are, which is why we used both yellow and red bell peppers.
We also cook the sweet peppers with onions to add the right amount of pungent flavor and more sweetness. If you prefer the pungent flavor to be stronger, opt for red onions instead.
The shrimp and bell peppers are seasoned with:
Cumin: it’s the base of aroma for Mexican foods in general.
Salt and pepper: the must-haves.
Onion and garlic powders: because the aroma of fresh garlic and onions isn’t enough.
Spicy seasonings: we have smoked paprika, and chili powder.
Technically not seasonings, but with just small amounts, fresh cilantro and jalapenos can make a world of difference. Jalapenos can be really spicy, so if you just want their aroma and not the heat, half them then scrape the seeds out.
3. The White Sauce
This rich, decadent condiment is made with Greek yogurt and mayo, with a squeeze of lime juice. It has the right tang and sweetness with enough salt already in the mayo that we don’t need to add more.
Storing and Reheating
The filling, the tortillas, and the sauce can all be refrigerated separately in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you want to serve, stir the filling over medium heat, bake the tortillas, and enjoy all with the sauce.
What to Serve With
Traditionally fajitas are served with either guacamole or salsa, and considering the rolls are already fulfilling, we choose to serve them with this salsa, pico de Gallo. It’s fresh, it’s pungent, and it’s sure tangy enough to cut through the richness of the white sauce.
Having plenty of flavor, we decided to round the meal off with a simple-tasting drink, made by steeping fresh cucumber and lemon slices in water. It’s very fragrant and refreshing.
Heat 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Sauté 12 oz bell peppers and 4 oz onions in it for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, then set it aside.
Heat another 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in that same skillet over medium heat, and sauté 1 tbsp minced garlic in it for 30 seconds. Add 12 oz shrimp and the seasonings (salt, pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp each, and 1/4 tsp onion powder). Stir for 4 minutes or until the shrimp just begins to curve.
Add the cooked peppers and onions back to the pan. Stir to spread the seasonings evenly, then let them sit still for 1 minute or until they’re slightly charred. Stir again before turning off the heat.
Sprinkle 2 tbsp cilantro and 1 oz sliced jalapenos over the top, and set aside.
Warm 8 6-inch corn tortillas in the oven.
Combine 2 tbsp mayo, 3 tbsp Greek yogurt, and 1 tbsp lime juice in a bowl.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 465Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Vitamin A 1728IU
Vitamin C 147mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.