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August 31, 2016

Blackened Shrimp Tacos + 63 Tailgate Recipes

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Blackened Shrimp Tacos with a crunchy coleslaw are the BEST entree to make at your football tailgate! Shrimp are liberally sprinkled with homemade blackening seasoning, then cooked. These Blackened Shrimp Tacos go great with beer and are easily transported as you peruse your team’s tailgate scene. Makes 10 tacos.

A platter of Blackened Shrimp Tacos is served with beer

Last week, I miiiiiiiight have taught our daughter the LSU fight song, and we miiiiiiiight have danced around the house singing it for the rest of the day.

We’re a little bit excited about football season and all that comes with it–and that includes the Saints, too!

I want to talk tailgating today, what with the season about to begin, and I’ve teamed up with 63 of my food blogger friends to bring y’all 64 new tailgating recipes.

As a football fan whose teams hail from South Louisiana, I wanted to make a rendition of one of my favorite dishes that I always eat when I visit New Orleans: the Blackened Shrimp Poboy.

I took that favorite dish, did my food blogger thing and transformed it into a taco. I also added a slightly sweet, slaw, just because.

Close up of Blackened Shrimp Tacos from above on a white platter

What you’ll need to make these Blackened Shrimp Tacos

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Close up of the Cajun shrimp tacos, from the side

These Blackened Shrimp Tacos are not something you would see at a traditional tailgate… but I like to think they still belong on the tailgate scene, too!

I’ve eaten my fair share of tacos at tailgates, and I adore them. Also, tacos might be my love language, and I’m totally OK with that.

Why are tacos great for tailgating?

  • Tacos are portable.
  • They’re also delicious.
  • Added bonus: They’re super easy to make for a crowd.
  • You can put literally anything on them, and they’re good to go. (I’m sure some combinations are ill-advised, but I’m not gonna lead y’all astray right here.)

Blackened Shrimp Tacos are served on a white platter

Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos

  • Follow the directions of the recipe below!
  • Make the coleslaw at home and keep it on ice until it’s time to eat.
  • Make the blackening seasoning at home, too. (It’ll be easier than toting all those spices to the tailgate.)
  • Cook the shrimp in a skillet or on the grill at the tailgate.
  • Warm the tortillas when it’s time to eat in the skillet or on the grill.

Several tacos line a white platter, before eating

And now… who’s ready for some tailgating food inspiration?!

In celebration of the upcoming football season, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you 64 tailgating recipe ideas for a terrific football party.

Click on their links below to get their recipes and be inspired for your future football-centric get-togethers!

Tailgating Appetizers

Tailgating Entrees

Blackened Shrimp Tacos on a platter, with lime wedges

Tailgating Side Dishes

Tailgating Desserts

Tailgating Drinks

Overhead of several Blackened Shrimp Tacos from above, with Pinterest text

Love all kinds of tacos?

I recommend trying out these Soy Seared Cod Tacos, Andouille Sausage Breakfast Tacos and Ground Beef Tacos.

Wanna make these? Scroll on down to learn how you can make Blackened Shrimp Tacos for your next tailgate… or dinner!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos
Yield: 10 tacos

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with a crunchy coleslaw are the BEST entree to make at your football tailgate! Shrimp are liberally sprinkled with homemade blackening seasoning, then cooked. Flour (or corn!) tortillas are warmed on the grill. When the elements of the dish are ready, the shrimp are served atop a (made-at-home) Asian-inspired coleslaw that features green cabbage, toasted almonds, toasted Ramen noodles and a honey vinaigrette. These Blackened Shrimp Tacos go great with beer and are easily transported as you peruse your team's tailgate scene!


Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 lb. Gulf shrimp, shelled
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 fresh tortillas, warmed over the flame for a few seconds on both sides (corn or flour work)


  • 1 small head green cabbage, sliced into ribbons (around 5 cups)
  • ½ cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 package ramen noodles, toasted in 1 tablespoon unsalted butter WITHOUT the flavor packet
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


Make the Slaw

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced cabbage and almonds.
  2. In a mason jar, mix the dressing: olive oil, vinegar, honey, pepper and salt. Shake until well mixed.
  3. If eating immediately: Toss the coleslaw in the dressing. Sprinkle the toasted ramen noodles on top.
  4. If preparing in advance: Package the cabbage and almonds together. Store the ramen noodles in a separate container or plastic bag. Bring the mason jar of dressing along, and mix all the ingredients just before serving.

Prepare the Shrimp

  1. In a small bowl, mix the blackening seasoning ingredients: paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, basil, cayenne and salt. Stir until mixed. Set aside.
  2. Place shelled and deveined shrimp into a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with the blackening seasoning, and toss until all shrimp are coated. (The seasoning will be thick. Don't fear that this will be too much -- it makes it delicious!)
  3. Heat a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. (If doing this at a tailgate, you can throw the shrimp directly onto the grill! Or you can cook them on a skillet on the grill, if you so desire.)
  4. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp.
  5. Cook until pink and completely cooked through. This will take about 4-5 minutes, depending on the heat.
  6. Remove from the skillet, and set aside.
  7. In the same skillet (or directly on the grill OR stovetop), heat the tortillas until just warmed.

Prepare the Tacos

  1. In the warm tortillas, layer a helping of the prepared coleslaw. Top with the blackened shrimp.
  2. Enjoy immediately!


For this dish to work at a tailgate, prepare the coleslaw at home. Bring in a portable container, and keep in the cooler until time to serve. Also mix up the seasoning mixture for the shrimp at home.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if your tailgate party is hosting more folks.

Nutrition Information:


10 tacos

Serving Size:

1 taco

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 366 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 99mg Sodium: 976mg Carbohydrates: 38g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 17g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Are you excited about football season, too?


  1. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Those are some killer tailgating tacos, girlfriend! I’m totally digging the blackened flavors in here!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Rachelle! We love tacos in this house, so why not make ’em a tailgate food? The blackening seasoning is SO good, too. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Michele

    These look great! And that blackened seasoning will work on so many things! We’re pretty excited for College football too! Go Big Red! Cant wait until the Huskers get their season started! I’ll definitely be trying your tacos for a game day celebration!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Michele! You’re right about the blackening seasoning working on so many things, too.

      Hooray for college football and getting the season started for them, as well as the pros. I think these tacos would be perfect for a college or professional tailgate! 😀

  3. Katerina @ diethood .com

    I love these shrimp tacos!! They look sooo delicious!!

  4. Jessica | The Novice Chef

    LOVE all the tailgate recipes! SO many great ideas!

  5. Alyssa

    Whoa! I love the sound of the slaw that goes with these tacos. My mouth is already watering.

  6. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    Oh, these tacos are perfect for game day! 🙂 And I love that slaw- yum!

  7. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats

    I love shrimp tacos! Your blackened ones look simply delicious! Looking forward to more tailgating recipes!

  8. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Great roundup and those shrimp tacos looks fantastic!

  9. Michelle De La Cerda

    I love these cute little blackened shrimps. They look amazing in these tacos. Plus great round up!

  10. Cathy Trochelman

    You packed SO much flavor into these tacos! I can’t WAIT to try them!!

  11. Terra

    Blackened anything and I’m on board for sure! This recipe sounds fantastic and so full of delicious flavors. YUM!

  12. Krista

    What a great way to have a taco Tuesday! YUMM!

  13. RossC

    Excellent recipe… I guess I’m late to the party as usual but, I’ve never crisped up ramen noodles… Brilliant idea which I can see many uses for…
    Thank you… :O)

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