shrimp tacos with grilled poblano and avocado salsa

by jenna on May 24, 2011

Adam and I have fallen into a pattern most Sundays these days. We get up, go to Church, grab lunch and then hit the trails for an afternoon hike. Then we grill out. It’s fabulous and reminds me of why I live where I do. Last Sunday the weather was absolutely perfect and we explored Shiloh Regional Park for the first time, doing a short (but strenuous!) 2.9 mile hike.

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Most of the hike was uphill but the views from the top were breathtaking. We are so blessed to have such amazing hiking trails within minutes of the house. Hiking yesterday made me want to go back to Yosemite even more!

When we got back to the house, we had my CSA bag to eat through, which was filled with summer squash, kale, rainbow chard and favas!

The favas were fun (and very tasty when drizzled with olive oil and sea salt first), but the real star of the show was the fresh shrimp tacos we ate alongside the giant grilled beans!

Adam has turned into grill master 2011 and to make the salsa, we grilled a poblano pepper, green onion and corn—-

Random side-note: what’s with guys and their grills anyway? It’s like using fire makes anything more exciting…

I chopped everything up, along with an avocado, some cilantro and a handful of cherry tomatoes while Adam finished grilling the shrimp.

…and then piled everything in warm tortillas.

Oh my heavens.

Every bite was filled with charred corn, spicy poblano peppers and creamy avocado bits. I think I could eat this meal every single night during the summer and be infinitely happy.

Hear that, dear? That means turn the grill back on. Right now.

Shrimp Tacos

serves 2 hungry people

Adapted from Weber’s Art of the Grill Cookbook

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1 ear corn, husked

6 scallions, white and light green parts only (about 5 inches)

1 poblano chile

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 large (or 2 small) haas avocado

1 small bunch cilantro, minced

juice of two small limes

1 clove garlic, minced

1./2 salt

1 T olive oil


1 lb shrimp

corn or whole wheat tortillas


Heat your grill up to medium high.

Brush corn, green onions and poblano chile with olive oil and place on grill. You want everything to have a nice char to it—to chile should be black and the corn and onion should be charred. This will take about five minutes, flipping occasionally with tongs.

When done, remove veggies from grill and let cool on a plate. When cool, peel the now black skin off the pepper, remove the seeds and chop into small dice. Run your knife down the corn to remove the kernels from the cob and place into a bowl with the pepper. Chop onion and place into bowl as well.

Add chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes and cilantro to the bowl and add lime juice and salt. Season to taste and set aside while you prepare the shrimp.

Wash and devein if necessary then grill only a few minutes until pink. Be careful because shrimp cook extremely quickly! When done, place into tortillas, top with salsa and eat immediately.


25 minutes


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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 24, 2011 at 4:58 am

charcoal and shrimp are a flavor match made in heaven…doesn’t get much better than that!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

Those tacos look great! I have been digging shrimp lately. and in a ataco would suc a unique was of using it!
Your grilled corn looks os yummy. I had corn last night, but we don’t have a grill… so I just boiled it. Still tasty tho!


Ruth May 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

That sounds like my kind of routine!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 24, 2011 at 5:09 am

That sounds like such a lovely Sunday routine! I agree that there’s something about men and fire – I don’t know if, as women, we quite understand it, but I do have to agree that barbecued food just tastes SO much better than oven-baked!


Daniella @ Runner at Heart May 24, 2011 at 5:18 am

Wow those tacos look delicious. I love any type of fish tacos so I think I may have to try a version like this. I usually do my shrimp tacos buffalo style.


Natalie @ will jog for food May 24, 2011 at 5:19 am

The tacos look delicious! I’m going to have to grill shrimp more often. Grilled corn is one of my favorite things :)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock May 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

Sounds like a lovely routine 😉 I’ve always winced at the sound of fishy tacos, but everyone keeps telling me how amazing they are. I might need to surrender and try these babies out!


Molly @ RDexposed May 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

I just got my fill of fish tacos while in California. I was also putting Yosemite on my list for my next trip out.


Aggie May 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

oh my gosh, this is a meal made in heaven. Look at those favas! I’m so jealous. I don’t find them here in FL…I have to look harder maybe.

This whole meal looks so fresh and delicious. I love my grill :)


Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

Sundays are made for special routines and yours sounds lovely. I have a lovejones for fish tacos but have never had tacos made with shrimp; if there was ever an impetus to make them, this post would be it!


Jennie May 24, 2011 at 5:36 am

Although I don’t eat shrimpies (vegetarian), those look ridiculously good and I’m already picturing a veggie version in my mind. Not to mention, your pictures are stunning. The colours *pop*.


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life May 24, 2011 at 5:37 am

Your Sunday routine sounds just about perfect!


Courtney T. May 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

We got fava beans from our CSA basket (last week)! I hope to try the grill approach next time- I just blanched and shelled (twice haha) them for a salad this time!
Tacos look yummy!! Perfect after a hike like that!


jenna May 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

i love tacos so much! what a perfect summer dinner! your csa goods look great!!


Urban Wife May 24, 2011 at 5:47 am

I heart grilled shrimp! You are so lucky to be able to hike outdoors in pleasant weather. My hubbie and I love hiking but during the summer months, it’s unbearable to go anytime between 10am and 5pm….unless we’re going to a shady place but that’s also highly unlikely. Gotta love Florida.


Natalia - a side of simple May 24, 2011 at 5:58 am

I’ve never been one for hiking but this summer I really want to get into it. Especially if I can refuel with your s’mores cupcakes and fish tacos….just sayin!


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 24, 2011 at 6:03 am

I just love grilled corn — these tacos look delicious!

And I have to say that reading this post has me starting to plan a hike for this weekend. That sounds so relaxing and is just what we need to do.


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

What a perfect Sunday routine! I love getting out and enjoying the weather in the summer and definitely need to start doing more hiking… so fun! And summer is the ideal grilling time. That corn on the cob looks incredible!


Estela @ Weekly Bite May 24, 2011 at 6:19 am

Love grilled shrimp!! And that salsa sounds incredible!!


Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

1. Those look beautiful and food magazine worthy.

2. I like your style, nothing is better than doing a fun activity on a day off only to end it with grilling up some delicious food on a warm day.



Jen @ keepitsimplefoods May 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

These are my kind of tacos!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

Jenna this post is awesome!

The hike
The pic of you is adorable :)
Love grilled favas and that you have a CSA box

And being from San Diego, fish tacos are always in season.

And the grilled corn, mmm

But most of all, the first picture has Tastespotting written all over it. I hope you submitted it! :)


Megan @ Megan Mumbles May 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

Ok.. they look kind of amazing and now I want to grill!! Hopefully the weather clears up here in NYc so I can get a grilling!


R @ Learning As I Chop May 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

Wow, that does sound like a nice Sunday. Wish I had hiking trails near me!


Krystina (Organically Me) May 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’ve been meaning to try shrimp tacos! These look great. If only I could stomach/swallow real food right now, then I’d make these tonight.


Khushboo May 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

That sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday! Those look gooood! Have some squid to use up and I think this recipe may be the one!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

Ahh – those grilled veggies just look incredible. I wish I had a grill!!


Kristin Murdock May 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

Oooh yum, what did you do to the tortillas? They look kind of crunchy but not fried – oven? Grill? I love your turquoise sweatshirt, too.


Jen May 24, 2011 at 7:58 am

YUM. Summer is definitely on it’s way! I particularly love grilled corn. With butter.


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove May 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

Those tacos look amazing!! And I can never get enough avocado! Unfortunately, we don’t have a grill but maybe we can get a grill pan.
It gets me excited for summer when it’ll be margarita weather.


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles May 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

I LOVE shrimp tacos. They are my favorite. Tragically, Husband is allergic to shell fish…so I have to make them all by my lonesome when he’s out of town. Sob sob. Yours look beautiful.


Kim {Recipes To Run On} May 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

My husband has that same cookbook. I’m bookmarking this one to try this weekend…. looks SO good!


Beth @ DiningAndDishing May 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

Fresh corn on the grill is one of the yummiest things about summer. I can totally see why you’d want to eat this meal nightly :).


Holly @ Food, Make-up, Hair May 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

These are right up my alley – I am making them TONIGHT!! :)


Holly @ Food, Make-up, Hair May 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

So just an update – I did make these last night and all I can say is WOW. The grilled veggies really made the difference, it was amazing. For me it was more like a guacamole than a salsa, but whatever it was it was awesome. Thanks for sharing this recipe Jenna!


adrienne May 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

Those tacos look great! And thanks for the info on Shiloh – I live in Sonoma county too and am always looking for new places to explore.


Anne P May 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

That looks SO good. Matt and I don’t have a grill here in NC b/c we can’t have one on our apartment porch… boo! Matt used to be the grillmaster and misses it!


Alexandra May 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

Throw some shrimp on the bah-bay!


Katrina May 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

Mmm that avocado salsa blows my mind!


Katherine: Unemployed May 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

what a huge pea pod! some really inappropriate jokes could be made


Jenn Brigole May 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

What a sweet pattern you have fallen into. I would love to just take a little run on Sundays and find a restaruant to enjoy a simple healthy brunch but these tacos, if it were served to me in my backyard that way, I would be a happy camper even after a strenuous exercise. :)


French Heart May 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

Sounds and looks delicious. Male like grilling for the same reason femmes have a hardwired shopping gene. Stone Age men were making tools with fire 72,000 years ago to go hunt something down for the grill–while their gal pals were out running in the woods shopping for salad materials (for free).


mom May 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm
sofia May 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

what a fun sunday tradition! love tacos. and grilling… except i don’t grill. i watch dudes grill. yep. it’s a dude thing.


Stephanie @ Live Cook Love May 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

I can’t even imagine how good these would be! I think I will have to grill tonight! :-)


Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL May 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

This is the perfect summer meal! I love to barbeque – can’t wait for a fun 4th of July one!


Moni'sMeals May 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

my type of meal and SO MY TYPE OF ROUTINE. Good for you!

Ah enjoy that fresh air.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

Looks delicious. I love how everything’s grilled.

I think grilling makes men feel manly. It’s like a manicure for guys.


Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

Grilled veggies (and everything else, too!) are so delicious this time of year. I’m definitely loving the grill right now!


Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf May 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

You’re speaking to my heart, Jenna. I have two ears of corn in my fridge I’m saving for the sole purpose of grilling and making into corn salsa. And avocado+poblano?? Everything’s better with those!


Lora @cakeduchess May 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

LOVE your Sunday routine, Jenna:)These look SO good! Just picked up some fresh corn yesterday…trying this recipe:)


Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Looks so good!

My CSA came with favas last Thursday and I was trying to come up with a new way to eat them, and this sounds perfect.

Did you just grill them as is and pop them out of the pod?


Lauren May 24, 2011 at 11:03 am

Your pictures are so gorgeous, Jenna! They look like they belong in Gourmet!

I love shrimp in the summer, and cannot wait to try this recipe. I think Memorial Day will be the perfect time.


Veronica (Run Write Repeat) May 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

church, hike, grill? yes please!


Cara May 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

That looks amazing! I can’t wait to start grilling for the season! Nothing better than grilled veggies!


Chefanie May 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Can I come over? I love grilling, esp. corn. But the fava beans – now that is something I have never seen before.


Maddie May 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

So you don’t put anything on the grilled corn? I had the best BBQed corn years ago and I have no idea what they put on it…it might have been some sort of chipotle seasoning. Have you ever tried anything other than just olive oil?


ashleigh May 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm

This meal looks so good! Can you come over and make it for me please?! :)


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed May 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

GAH, this meal looks incredible!!!!!!! SO going to make this soon. My man and his grill will both be very excited. look, fire! so so true…
Heidi xo


Lindsey Morningstar May 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Oh that looks heavenly! It’s making me sad I’m leaving California with it’s perfect all-year grilling weather and surplus of avocados :(


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

This looks like such a perfect summer meal! It’s too bad corn isn’t in season here until August! 😛


laura May 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

this is the perfect summer meal. oh curse you australian winter


Happy When Not Hungry May 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

My hubby loves his grill too! These tacos look beautiful and perfect for this holiday weekend. Yum!


Kay, The Church Cook May 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Lovely! IPC is having our Annual BBQ this Sunday! Oh, yeah grillin’ time! Hope your parents can come! :)


jenna k May 25, 2011 at 12:40 am

even though i’ve never been there, i’ve been craving a trip to colorado the past week or so. all this talk of hiking isn’t helping! :) i’ve lived all my 22 years in east tennessee, where mountains abound, but i guess i’m just wanting a change.


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum May 25, 2011 at 4:36 am

Is that a Nike jacket? I think I have the same one in pink.


Liz May 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

This looks incredible! I think I might make this my Sunday meal this week.


Jody June 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

Thanks for the recipe! These are SO good…..made them last week. Saw the recipe, left work and ran straight to Trader Joe’s to buy the ingredients. There is nothing better than shrimp on the grill and it cooks so fast too.

Keep up the Sunday grilling and recipes! I’m always looking for new ideas on the grill. It’s too hot to turn the oven on in the summer.


Penny November 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

This was my first ELR recipe to make. Home bloody run, I say. Im getting happy just thinking about it. Great entry-level mexican dish to show my visiting Aussie relatives whats the what about cal-mex.

Was especially good to feed two hungry people, but with very different appetites (quantity-wise). On the second time around I subbed out scallions with red onions, which I diced and grilled briefly. It tasted so good I might have slipped into a mild coma… and out again, thankfully.

Thanks Jenna!


jenna November 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

so glad you liked it!!!


Miss Mandy June 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Love your site! Made this last night with Spanish rice on the side, it was soooo yummy.. And it totally made an amazing lunch today as a rice bowl, served cold straight out of the fridge b/c it’s wicked hot outside!


Maggie August 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

I found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday and immediately had to make them. Went to whole foods, bought all the ingredients, and a friend of mine made them last night. Absolutely delish and healthy. I am going to make them all the time!!! Thanks so much. Love your site.
-Maggie Meloy


Julie @ This Gal Cooks July 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

This is a fabulous meal. Grilled shrimp are delicious and so is anything with avocado!

It looks like you have a great area to hike in. Sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon.

Enjoy your week!


Linda May 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Tonight’s menu – yum. These were great. The salsa is so good and will be made many times again.


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