It started with an arbitrary yet overwhelming craving for tacos.  That led to trolling my cupboards/fridge to finding this:

Budding Vegetarians: BBQ Cajun Breaded Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

shrimp & taco ingredients

And this:

Budding Vegetarians: BBQ Cajun Breaded Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

pineapple salsa ingredients

Which culminated to:

Budding Vegetarians: BBQ Cajun Breaded Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

taco with all it's shrimpy yummyness

Here’s the breakdown – note that made about 6 tacos (which I shared – reluctantly) but add more/less depending on how much you’d like to make.

Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

  • small can of pineapple chunks ( although I think crushed pineapples may work better because I ended up cutting the chunks into smaller pieces anyways)
  • 1/3 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/2 diced serrano pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • following spices to taste:
    • dried cilantro
    • dried basil
    • dried parsley
    • salt
    • pepper

-  Remove pineapples from juice into bowl

- Mix all the ingredients together and put in the fridge to chill while you prepare everything else

Budding Vegetarians: BBQ Breaded Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

pineapple salsa

BBQ Cajun Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls ( or 2 cups or so for technical purposes) of thawed shrimp
  •  2 1/2 tbsp cajun spice
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce ( I used Hunt’s Hickory & Brown sugar flavor – yum!)
  • 2/3 cups whole wheat bread crumbs

Note, I used a deep plastic bowl when mixing all of this together so I could just swish it all around without using a utensils ( that may break up the shrimp) or my hands. Either method will work though.

- remove the tail from the shirmp and cover in cajun spice then let it sit for 5 minutes

- cover in bbq sauce until are covered

- add in about half of breadcrumbs and mix until all shrimp is covered

- place in pan and add remaining breadcrumbs to the top of shrimp

- bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 mins

- pop  the taco shells in the oven on a separate baking sheet at the last 3-4 mins to warm up

Budding Vegetarians: BBQ Breaded Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

baked shrimp

Put the shrimp in the taco, top with the pineapple salsa , garnish ( I added a dabble of sour cream, lettuce & cabbage) and enjoy!

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