I love a deliciously healthy meal that can be mixed up and changed to make even more deliciously healthy meals. That is exactly what this macro-friendly spicy shrimp taco bowl is. This macro-friendly spicy shrimp taco bowl is good on its own, but the salsa and dressing are oh so good with other dishes as well. 

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What You’ll Need to Make Spicy Shrimp:

  • Shrimp
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic, minced (or frozen cubes)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes for heat

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Mango Salsa:

  • Bell pepper, diced (red, orange, or yellow peppers are best)
  • Jalapeño, diced 
  • Medium onion, diced
  • Lime, zested, and juiced
  • Salt
  • Mango, diced
  • A handful of cilantro, chopped

What You’ll Need to Make Jalapeño Avocado Dressing:

  • Non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Reduced-fat buttermilk
  • Half an avocado
  • Cotija cheese
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic, minced (or frozen cubes)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh jalapeño 
  • A handful of cilantro – If you hate cilantro, sub parsley- still good!
  • Green onions

All the Components you Need to Make ONE Macro-friendly Spicy Shrimp Taco Bowl:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • Cooked spicy shrimp
  • Mango salsa
  • Shredded green cabbage (or mixed greens like the photo but I prefer cabbage!)
  • Jalapeño avocado dressing
  • Avocado
  • Cotija cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh Lime

How to Make a Macro-friendly Spicy Shrimp Taco Bowl:

Let me start by saying that I know this recipe seems like a lot of steps. But, once you make the dressing and the mango salsa, you will use it all week long! I am talking salads, tacos, bowls, ANYTHING. And if you don’t use it on everything you should. 

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Start your meal prep with the shrimp. I like buying the big bag of frozen shrimp from Costco which means you have to thaw your shrimp before you can do anything. Once the shrimp is thawed, remove tails and pat dry. Place your shrimp in a bowl. Then add your chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil to your bowl. Make sure you combine all of your dry ingredients and olive oil well so they cover the shrimp. 

Next, heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. If you don’t have a big skillet you need to check out my favorite. When I say it’s a big skillet, I mean BIG. This skillet has become my favorite because I know that I can put as much as I want without worrying bout spillage. 

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Spray your skillet with a mist of olive oil spray. Then, add your shrimp in a single layer. If you can’t fit all of your shrimp in at once, cook in shifts if needed. Cook the shrimp for two minutes, then flip. Once you’ve flipped the shrimp, cook hot for two more minutes. Then, turn off the pan and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. You don’t want to add the garlic early or it will turn bitter. Toss the garlic and red pepper flakes around in the hot pan to cook just a little bit without burning.

Now it’s Time to Salsa

Combine diced bell pepper, diced jalapeño, a diced medium onion, a lime (zested and juiced), salt, diced mango, and a handful of chopped cilantro to make the mango salsa. Almost every ingredient in the salsa is diced. And, while I love using my Nakano knives and wood cutting board, this level of dicing has me pulling out the alligator chopper to save some time.

Dress it Up

Next, throw your non-fat Greek yogurt, reduced-fat buttermilk, half an avocado, cotija cheese, onion powder, garlic (minced or frozen cubes), fresh lemon juice, fresh jalapeño, green onions, a  handful of cilantro into the blender, salt, and pepper. If you hate cilantro try subbing in parsley it’s still good! And, if you can’t find cotija cheese, parmesan or feta are good replacements. It’s salty, crumbly, delicious Mexican cheese.

Blend all of the ingredients together to make the dressing. You can store both the dressing and mango salsa in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Use them on all of your salads, bowls, and tacos!

Make cauliflower rice by sautéing your riced cauliflower over medium-high in your skillet with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You only need to cook for a few minutes until tender. The last step for our spicy shrimp taco bowl is preparing your cabbage. Toss cabbage with 1 tbsp of the dressing and a squeeze of lime.

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Serving Suggestions:

Add your cauliflower rice to a bowl and top with dressed cabbage, spicy shrimp, mango salsa, avocado, and an additional 2 Tbsp of dressing. Finish with a sprinkle of cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

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Macro-friendly Spicy Shrimp Taco Bowl

These macro-friendly spicy shrimp taco bowls will be your new favorite meal. Not only are they delicious, but the different components also make so many delicious meals.  If you are looking for more macro-friendly meals, check out my cookbooks. ONE specifically focuses on delicious and comforting, yet still healthy, meals that are essentially served from one dish just like this taco bowl. I am always sharing the new things I am trying on Instagram and TikTok. Come hang out with me! I’ve always got something going on. 

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Macro-friendly Spicy Shrimp Taco Bowl

This macro-friendly spicy shrimp taco is an easy meal that is not only delicious, it helps you hit your goals.
5 from 3 votes
Course Bowl, Lunch, Main Course, Protein
Cuisine California Fresh, Healthy, Seafood
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 330 kcal

Disclaimer: the grams I’ve listed manually after each ingredient are accurate for a single recipe, but they will not multiply if you choose the 2x or 3x option. Please make sure and multiply on your own!

Ingredients

Spicy Shrimp

  • 2 lbs shrimp (Costco bag- 808 g after rinsed and tailed etc)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil (7 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or frozen cubes)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes for heat

Mango Salsa

  • 1 bell pepper, diced (118 g; red, orange, or yellow peppers are best)
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (44 g)
  • 1 medium onion, diced (110 g)
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup mango, diced (200 g)
  • handful of cilantro, chopped (10 g)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
  • half an avocado (40 g)
  • 1 oz cotija cheese (28 g)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 frozen garlic cubes or 2 minced cloves
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (30 g)
  • 1/2-1 fresh jalapeño (30 g)
  • handful of cilantro (20 g) – If you hate cilantro, sub parsley- still good!
  • 2 green onions (10 g)

For ONE Bowl

  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (255 g fresh or frozen)
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 4 1/2 oz cooked spicy shrimp (125 g)
  • 1/3 cup mango salsa (90 g)
  • 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage (or mixed greens like the photo but I prefer cabbage!)
  • 3 tbsp jalapeno avocado dressing (45 g)
  • 1/4 avocado (35 g)
  • 2 tsp cotija cheese (7 g)
  • cilantro
  • fresh lime

Instructions

  • Thaw and remove tails on your shrimp. Pat dry and place in a bowl. Add your dry seasonings and olive oil. Combine well so it covers the shrimp.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat. Spray with a mist of olive oil spray.
  • Add your shrimp in a single layer, cooking in shifts if needed. Cook for two minutes, then flip. Cook hot for two more minutes.
  • Turn off the pan and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Toss around in the hot pan to cook the garlic just a little bit without burning.
  • Combine all of the salsa ingredients to make the mango salsa and blend together all dressing ingredients to make the dressing. Store both in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Use them on all of your salads, bowls, and tacos!
  • Cook cauliflower rice by sautéing over medium-high with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder for a few minutes until tender.
  • Toss cabbage with 1 tbsp of the dressing and a squeeze of lime.
  • Add your cauliflower rice to a bowl and top with dressed cabbage, spicy shrimp, mango salsa, avocado, and additional 2 tbsp of dressing.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of cotija cheese, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Notes

If you can’t find cotija, parmesan or feta are a good replacement. It’s a salty, crumbly, delicious Mexican cheese.
This looks like a lot of steps— but once you make the dressing, and the mango salsa, you will use it all week on salads, tacos, bowls, ANYTHING. Or you should.
MFP: Lillie Eats and Tells Spicy Shrimp Taco Bowl

Nutrition

Fiber: 10.7gCalories: 330kcalFat: 10.9gProtein: 31.4gCarbohydrates: 27.5g
Keywords bowl, cauliflower rice, dressing, mango salsa, shrimp, spicy shrimp, taco

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  1. 5 stars
    An absolute must try! Lillie never disappoints. Super flavorful and filling without the guilt. This will for sure be added to my tried and true rotation. Lillie you are the best! Thanks for keeping our bellies happy while we work toward our goals 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    So so so yummy! I’ve done a couple times now and switched the shrimp for salmon! So easy to swap proteins! Thanks Lillie!