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Shrimp Fajitas with Chipotle Sauce

Shrimp Fajitas with Chipotle Sauce is a 30-minute dinner that’s packed with flavor. The creamy chipotle sauce adds a delicious, smokey heat to the shrimp fajitas and takes the dish to a whole new level of YUM.

Best of all, this shrimp fajitas recipe is a breeze to make, with only 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to cook. Say goodbye to the weeknight dinner struggle and add this easy shrimp fajitas recipe to your weekly meal plan!

A shrimp fajita in a flour tortilla.

We’re big fans of fajitas in all forms! The real problem is, with options like chicken fajitas, flank steak fajitas, and tri-tip fajitas), how does one choose? And now these shrimp fajitas are right up there on the must-have list and trust us, they’re good.

Why You’ll Love Them

Tender, juicy shrimp served with sautéed onions and bell peppers. A creamy chipotle sauce that is so good, it’s worthy of drizzling on everything.

Not only are these shrimp fajitas tasty, but they’re also incredibly easy to make! They are:

  • quick and easy
  • healthy and nutritious
  • flavor-central, with that smoky chipotle sauce
  • family-friendly

Ingredients for Shrimp Fajitas

We quickly whip up a homemade fajita seasoning, but it’s not a must! You can also choose a store-bought variety and save yourself a bit of time as well (this chile margarita spice blend is a good one).

To make our homemade fajita seasoning, you will need:

  • dried oregano
  • paprika
  • ground cumin
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • chili powder
  • sugar
  • cayenne pepper

And for the marinade, shrimp fajitas, and chipotle sauce, here’s the ingredient list:

  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • minced cloves
  • adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • olive oil
  • bell peppers (any color)
  • onion
  • sour cream
  • chipotle pepper, finely chopped
  • lime juice
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • flour tortillas, warmed
  • toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole or avocado, and sour cream

If you feel inspired, you can make kamut flour tortillas. We also have a recipe for sweet potato flatbread that makes a great tortilla and it only uses three ingredients.

Fajita vegetables in a bowl with fajita seasoning.
Shrimp in a bowl with fajita marinade.

How to make Shrimp Fajitas with Chipotle Sauce

Here is a brief overview so you can get an idea of what to expect with the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details. A few easy steps and you’re well on your way to enjoying that first bite of these yummy shrimp fajitas!

  1. Mix the fajita seasoning: Combine all of the seasoning ingredients and set aside 2 tablespoons of the seasoning for the shrimp. Toss the rest of the seasoning into the veggies.
  2. Make the marinade: In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients. Add the shrimp and toss to coat, then refrigerate for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Cook: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. When they are cooked, set them aside and sauté the onions/pepper mixture. Toss the shrimp back in with the veggies until warm.
  4. Make the chipotle sauce: In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  5. Serve: Warm up the tortillas (microwave or on the stovetop) and serve them with the fajita mixture, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole and the chipotle sour cream.
Shrimp fajita filling piled on a tortilla shell with avocado slices in the background.

Tips for the Best Shrimp Fajitas

These easy tips will help ensure your shrimp fajitas are the very best!

  • To use store-bought fajita seasoning: Use half a packet in the shrimp and the other half in the veggies. If you use seasoning in a larger container like the chile margarita rub, you only need 3-1/2 to 4 tablespoons of the seasoning.
  • When cooking the shrimp: Make sure you don’t overcrowd the skillet when the shrimp is cooking. If you need to, you can cook the shrimp in batches (same with the veggies). Cook the shrimp in a single layer to allow them to cook evenly and get a nice sear on each side.

This skillet shrimp fajitas recipe is quick to prepare and results in a delicious, no-fuss dinner that works for any night of the week and any occasion!

A big plate of fajitas is always a hit in our family and we know you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

What to Serve with Shrimp Fajitas

Fajitas are completely okay served on their own, but if you’re looking to round out the meal with a few yummy sides, here are some recommendations:

Shrimp fajita with a chipotle dressing being drizzled on top.

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A shrimp fajita in a flour tortilla.

Shrimp Fajitas with Chipotle Sauce

Yield: 8 to 10 fajitas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chipotle adds a smokey heat to these shrimp fajitas. The creamy chipotle sauce brings these fajitas to a new level. This dinner is quick, easy and healthy.

Ingredients

Fajita Seasoning (or use store-bought)

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning (from above)
  • 1-1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

For the Shrimp Fajitas

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), cut into strips
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 to 1 small chipotle pepper, finely chopped (do not use the whole can)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of salt

To Assemble the Fajitas

  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • guacamole or avocado
  • sour cream

Instructions

Mix the fajita seasoning:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the fajita seasoning. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the seasoning for the shrimp and toss the rest of the seasoning into the veggies. 

Make the Marinade

  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic cloves, the adobo sauce, and 2 tablespoons of the fajita seasoning. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 10 to 20 minutes (no longer).

Cook the Shrimp and Veggies

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the shrimp are done (work in batches if there is not enough room in the skillet). Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside on a plate. 
  2. Add more olive oil to the skillet if needed. Toss in the sliced peppers and onions (work in batches if your skillet is small). Saute until tender but still slightly crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Return the shrimp to the skillet and toss with the veggies until warm.

Make the Chipotle Sauce and Assemble the Fajitas

  1. Combine the sour cream, chipotle pepper, lime juice, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the chipotle pepper as desired. If you want just a tad more heat, you can use some of the adobo sauce in the can of chipotle peppers. 
  2. Warm the tortillas in a microwave or in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Serve the fajita mixture with the warmed tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole or avocado and sour cream.

Notes

  • If you want to use store-bought fajita seasoning, use 1/2 a packet in the shrimp and sprinkle 1/2 the packet in the veggies.
  • Don't overcrowd the skillet when you cook the shrimp. If you cook them in a single layer, they will cook evenly and geet a nice sear on them.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 373Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 1428mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Friday 17th of December 2021

I love shrimp! Your fajitas looks so appetizing, Dahn.

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