Delicious Ceviche Tacos: A Refreshing Take on Taco Tuesday

Hey there foodies, it’s your boy, Gary Vee! Today I’m coming at you with a recipe article that will change the way you look at tacos forever. Get ready to dive into the delicious world of ceviche tacos!

Now, let me tell you something. If you haven’t tried the incredible combination of shrimp ceviche and corn tortillas, then you’re missing out on an absolute game-changer. This recipe is all about taking traditional flavors of Mexican food and combining them with tropical shrimp to create something that is both tantalizing and refreshing.

I love cooking and experimenting with flavors, but there’s something special about this recipe that really speaks to me. The freshness and zest of the lime juice combined with the sweet mango make this dish a mouth-watering experience that will leave your taste buds singing.

So why not switch up your regular taco routine and try something new? Trust me when I say that the exotic flavors of this dish will make your taste buds dance. Without further ado, let’s dive into the world of ceviche tacos!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ceviche Tacos
Ceviche Tacos

Listen up, my food-loving friends! I am about to introduce you to the ultimate recipe for all seafood enthusiasts out there. Get ready to indulge your taste buds with the mouth-watering taste of Ceviche Tacos! Trust me, once you have tried it, you won’t be able to resist yourself from having it ever again.

What makes this dish stand out is its tropical and fresh flavors. This shrimp ceviche recipe is sure to transport you to a heavenly place with every bite you take. Picture yourself melting into those juicy chunks of succulent shrimp marinated in freshly squeezed citrus juices. The sweet and tangy balance between the lime juice and sugar will tantalize your senses.

This recipe can be whipped up in just no time, making it perfect for those last-minute dinner plans. Moreover, it combines the goodness of protein-packed shrimp along with the nutrient-dense avocados and tomatoes that will leave your body feeling nourished and energized.

If you are someone who loves to combine different textures in one bite, then these tacos are perfect for you. The soft corn tortillas combined with the crunchy red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and juicy tomato chunks make every bite an explosion of flavor in your mouth.

These ceviche tacos will not only surprise your guests but will also change their perception towards seafood altogether! So, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe today and let your taste buds dance with joy!

Ingredient List

 Refreshing and zesty ceviche filling inside a warm tortilla.
Refreshing and zesty ceviche filling inside a warm tortilla.

Before we dive into the mouth-watering recipe, let’s talk ingredients. Freshness is key when it comes to ceviche tacos. Here’s what you’ll need to make the perfect ceviche taco:

Ceviche Tacos Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped into small pieces

  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, seeds removed and finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and cut into small cubes

  • Sliced limes for serving

  • Corn tortillas for serving

The Recipe How-To

 Meat-free and perfect for vegetarian and vegan taco enthusiasts.
Meat-free and perfect for vegetarian and vegan taco enthusiasts.

Get ready to make some tropical shrimp ceviche tacos!

This recipe is very easy to make and requires no cooking, just marinating, chopping and assembling. Follow these simple steps and you will have a flavorful and refreshing dish in no time.

Step 1: Marinate the Shrimp

  • Start by cleaning 1 lb (450g) of raw medium shrimp with cold water, and patting it dry with paper towels.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cleaned shrimp with the juice of 2 large limes and 1 small lemon.
  • Add 1 diced small red onion, half a diced green bell pepper, and 1 minced garlic clove to the bowl.
  • Season the mixture generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Mix everything together until well coated, then refrigerate it for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Tip: The acid in the citrus juices is what cooks the shrimp giving them their firm texture. Letting them sit too long can turn them rubbery, so don’t marinate for more than 25 minutes.

Step 2: Prepare the Rest of the Ingredients

While waiting for the shrimp to marinate, here are some other ingredients needed to assemble your tacos:

  • Chop into small cubes: 1 ripe avocado, a handful of cherry tomatoes, and fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Slice open 8-10 corn tortillas and heat them over a dry skillet or griddle until lightly toasted.

Tip: Traditional ceviche tacos are served on soft corn tortillas instead of crunchy taco shells because they allow for a better distribution of flavors while maintaining their structural integrity with every bite.

Step 3: Assemble Your Ceviche Tacos

Once the marination process is over, remove the shrimp from the fridge and drain off any excess liquid. Then add them back into a clean mixing bowl, and combine them with the previously chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

Tip: You can add any toppings you like to your tacos, such as shredded lettuce, cotija cheese or hot sauce. Be creative!

To serve your tacos:

  • Grab a heated corn tortilla and sprinkle some chopped red onion on it.
  • Add a generous spoonful of the shrimp ceviche mixture on top, then fold it in half.
  • Repeat with more tortillas and filling until all ingredients are used up.
  • Serve with wedges of lime to squeeze over the top.

Enjoy Your Shrimp Ceviche Tacos

There you have it! A delicious and healthy twist on traditional Mexican food. These tropical shrimp ceviche tacos are perfect for sharing with friends and family any time of day.

Note: If seafood is not your thing, you can swap out the shrimp for sushi-grade yellowfin tuna or mahi-mahi in this recipe. Or for vegetarian or vegan options, replace the seafood entirely with diced mango, cucumber or j

Substitutions and Variations

 A mouthwatering combination of fresh seafood and colorful vegetables.
A mouthwatering combination of fresh seafood and colorful vegetables.

Yo, just because the recipe calls for shrimp doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up a bit! Here are some substitutions and variations you should consider when making these ceviche tacos:

– Tropical Shrimp: Want to make your ceviche more exotic? Swap out the medium shrimp for tropical shrimp, like mango or coconut breaded ones. This will give your ceviche a sweeter, more fruity taste that will definitely be a hit.

– Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche: Not feeling shrimp? No worries, mate! You can still get that fresh taste by using tuna instead. Cut the tuna into 1 inch cubes and marinate them in lime juice for around 20 minutes. Tuna ceviche tacos are perfect if you want something light and refreshing.

– Shrimp Avocado Tacos: The original recipe already includes avocado, but if that’s not enough for you, then add some guac on top! Mash an avocado in a bowl and mix with lime juice, salt, cilantro, and diced tomatoes. Add this on top of your shrimp-filled tacos for some extra flavor.

– Lettuce Tacos: Want to lower the carb count on this recipe a bit? Use a large lettuce leaf in place of the corn tortilla. Throw in some chopped shrimp or fish, drizzle some lime juice over it, and enjoy! These lettuce tacos are perfect for those looking for a healthier option.

So there you have it – some easy substitutions and variations for this ceviche tacos recipe. Change things up and make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 An exotic alternative to traditional taco fillings.
An exotic alternative to traditional taco fillings.

Now let’s talk about serving and pairing for these delicious ceviche tacos! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s simple, yet versatile, which means it can be served in different ways.

For a classic presentation, place your prepared ceviche mixture on pre-heated corn tortillas, adding in some chopped lettuce and avocado slices. This will give your tacos a fresh and crunchy green touch that pairs well with the tender shrimp or tuna. Drizzle some extra lime juice on top for added zest and to balance out the bold flavors of the seafood.

If you’re looking to add some heat, serve your ceviche tacos with a spicy salsa, guacamole or some jalapeno slices. You can also add in other vegetables such as roasted bell peppers or tomatoes for a heartier bite.

In terms of pairing, this shrimp ceviche taco recipe pairs perfectly with light and crisp lager beers, as they cut through the acidity of the lime juice and bring out the sweetness of the shrimp. If beer’s not your thing, try a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio instead.

In conclusion, these ceviche tacos are perfect for any occasion – whether it’s laid-back weekend brunches with friends or outdoor gatherings under the sun. With its fresh ingredients and zesty citrus flavors, they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A quick and easy way to bring a taste of Latin America to your kitchen.
A quick and easy way to bring a taste of Latin America to your kitchen.

Ceviche tacos are best served fresh, but you can prepare some of the ingredients ahead of time to save you some time. Here’s what you can do:

– Shrimp: You can marinate the shrimp in lime juice mixture in advance for up to a day. After that, store the shrimp in the fridge and drain the marinade before using it in your recipe.

– Veggies: Chopped vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and cilantro can be prepared a few hours ahead of time. Keep them covered in an airtight container and refrigerated until ready to use.

– Corn tortillas: You can warm up your tortillas ahead of time by heating them over a low flame or wrapping them tightly in foil and placing them in a preheated oven (around 350°F) for 10 to 15 minutes.

When it comes to storing leftover ceviche tacos, it is not recommended as they are best served fresh due to their texture and flavor. However, if you must store leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to two days.

When reheating leftover tacos, avoid heating them on high temperatures as this will lead to the rubbery texture of the shrimp. Warm them up gently by placing them into a skillet over medium heat for around five minutes or until heated through.

Remember that ceviche should be handled with care; ensure that perishable ingredients like raw shrimp and tuna are cooked or consumed within 2 hours of preparing.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Ceviche lovers, rejoice! This taco recipe will become your new favorite.
Ceviche lovers, rejoice! This taco recipe will become your new favorite.

Now that you have all the ingredients for your ceviche tacos, it’s time for some tips to ensure your dish turns out perfect. These tips can be applied not only to this recipe but also to other ceviche dishes you might want to make.

First and foremost, use only fresh ingredients. Pick the freshest shrimp or fish from the market and make sure they are handled correctly during transport and storage. Use fresh limes for squeezing juice as well.

When prepping your ingredients, make sure your knife is sharp. Ceviche requires chopping of raw seafood and vegetables, so a dull knife will not only delay preparation but may also result in uneven cuts that affect the texture of your dish.

Next, don’t skimp on marinating time. The acid in lime juice cooks seafood by breaking down the proteins which causes the flesh to turn opaque. A minimum of 15-25 minutes is required for medium shrimp or cubed fish to soak up enough lime juice to achieve that ceviche texture and flavor we all love.

However, do not leave the seafood marinating for too long as it can become mushy or overcooked. Take note of the details in your recipe and follow the suggested protein sizes and timings.

Lastly, when serving your ceviche tacos, consider adding some contrasting textures and flavors such as a crunchy slaw or a sliced avocado. This adds layers of dimension to each bite and makes the experience more enjoyable.

Follow these tips for a successful ceviche taco experience every time!


Before we wrap up this ceviche tacos recipe adventure, I want to make sure I answer some of the most common questions you might have regarding the preparation of this magnificent dish. Therefore, in the following section, I’m going to clarify some uncertainties and provide tips that will undoubtedly help you throughout the cooking process. Don’t miss it!

What is Mexican ceviche made of?

In this recipe, I will teach you how to create the perfect Mexican ceviche. Traditionally made with delectable fish like mahi-mahi, tilapia, sea bass, red snapper, scallops, and shrimp, the heart of this dish lies in the ingredients marinated in freshly-squeezed lime juice. Along with the fish, we’ll include a mix of vibrant vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, cilantro, tomatillos, avocados, olives, and cucumbers, which combine to make an irresistible taste. You’ll love serving this with crispy and salty tortilla chips for a perfect summer appetizer.

How long should ceviche marinate before eating?

The duration of the marinating process plays a vital role in shaping the flavor and texture of ceviche. It is recommended to let the fish soak in citrus for a minimum of 30 minutes, with an hour being the ideal duration, for the fish to be properly cooked. Leaving it for two hours is acceptable, but anything beyond that results in a more pickled fish taste rather than authentic ceviche.

How is ceviche traditionally made?

Ceviche is a zesty seafood recipe that consists of fresh fish cubes soaked in a mixture of lemon or lime juice, allowing the fish to cure naturally with the help of citrus juicing. The curing process creates a firm and opaque texture while enhancing the fish’s flavor.

How long should ceviche sit?

To achieve the perfect level of doneness for your ceviche, allow it to marinate for 15 to 25 minutes for a medium texture, or 25 minutes for a medium-well texture. It’s best to gauge your preferred level of “cooking” by adding five fish pieces to the marinade and tasting every five minutes until it’s just right.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, the recipe for the most satisfying and flavorful ceviche tacos you’ll ever taste. Whether you want to switch things up from your usual fish tacos or just crave some fresh, tropical flavors, these ceviche tacos will not disappoint.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different substitutions and variations to find your perfect combination of ingredients. And if you’re not a fan of raw shrimp, try using sushi-grade tuna instead for a delicious tuna ceviche taco.

So grab some corn tortillas, chop up your ingredients, and get ready to indulge in the mouthwatering goodness of shrimp avocado tacos. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch or served as party snacks, these ceviche tacos are an easy way to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.

So give this recipe a try, and trust me—once you taste these ceviche tacos, they’ll quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

Ceviche Tacos

Ceviche Tacos Recipe

Cerviche is a Mexican appetizer, kind of like Shrimp cocktail but better. This is served in almost all Mexican restaurants. Try it and let me know.....
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 138.6 kcal


  • 3 -4 limes
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped & seeded
  • 1 cup avocado, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and cooked
  • corn tortilla


  • Finely grate rind from limes to measure 1 tablespoon; juice limes to measure 1/4 cup.
  • Place rind and juice in a large bowl. (use a glass or ceramic bowl, aluminum or copper bowl will react with the citrus juice and give it a metallic taste).
  • Add tomato, avocado, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic and shrimp. If you want, you can add some chopped onion and fresh jalapenos. Toss well to combine.
  • Cover and chill for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Heat tortillas.
  • Spoon about 1/2 cup of shrimp mixture down the center of tortilla; fold and eat.
  • You can serve it plain and/or eat with crackers or you can use hard tacos shells, tostadas, tortilla chips or whatever you like. My dad eats it with saltine crackers. He adds extra onion and jalapenos, personal preference!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 172gCalories: 138.6kcalCarbohydrates: 8.1gProtein: 16.5gFat: 5.1gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 115.2mgSodium: 407.7mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 1.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Lunch, Mexican
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.