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These Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Cream Make Delicious Dinner

Three shrimp tacos sitting up on a white plate
Screenshot from "Un-Wine'd" season three episode 12.

These shrimp tacos with cilantro cream sauce are packed with flavor and make a delicious lunch or dinner any time of the week. The recipe pairs well with the sparkling chardonnay from Afton Mountains Vineyards and appears in this full episode of “ Un-Wine’d,” which airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on VPM PBS.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Fresh Pico de Gallo
  • Flour Tortillas, warmed
  • Cilantro leaves, optional garnish
  • Avocado slices, optional garnish
  • Roasted corn kernels, optional garnish

Cilantro Ranch Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp.dry ranch packet
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 c. medium heat tomatillo salsa
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lime juiced


Step 1: Prepare the shrimp by cutting them in one-inch pieces

Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl mix the chili powder paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Then stir in the shrimp.

Step 3: Preheat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and sauté the jalapenos.

Step 4: Stir in the shrimp and cook until just cooked through.

Step 5: Add all the ingredients for the cilantro ranch dressing to a blender and pulse or whisk in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Assemble the tacos on a flour tortilla and top with fresh pico and cilantro ranch dressing.

Step 6: Then assemble the tacos on a flour tortilla and top with fresh pico and cilantro ranch dressing.