May 5th, 2014

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Moyo de Ayo (creamy avocado garlic sauce)

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Moyo de Ajo

Happy Cinco de Mayo – these Spicy Shrimp Tacos are a perfect way to celebrate.  Spicy Shrimp cooked with a roasted garlic olive oil makes for one delicious dish.  But wait- top it off with Avocado Moyo de Ajo, a creamy avocado garlic sauce and you’ll soon be going back for seconds.

The base for both the shrimp and avocado sauce is a roasted garlic oil.  It’s easy to make and one you’ll want to keep on hand to flavor all kinds of food.  To make it you simply cover crushed garlic cloves with olive oil and roast for about 30 minutes.


Garlic Oil


Use this amazing Garlic Oil to cook your shrimp and add it to fresh avocado to make the Avocado Moyo de Ajo – grab and bag of chips because this is really good!


Avocado Moyo de Ajo


Put it all together and you’ve got a delicious dish that will turn any day into a celebration!


Spicy Shrimp Tacos


Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Moyo de Ajo


1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Tbsp. garlic oil (see recipe below)
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (more/less to taste)
8 (4-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
Avocado mojo de ajo (see recipe below)
chopped onion for serving (optional)
chopped cilantro for serving (optional)
4 lime wedges

Garlic Oil*

1 head of garlic, peeled
1 cup olive oil

Avocado Moyo de Ajo

1 ripe, medium avocado
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup parsley or cilantro
1/4 cup garlic oil
salt and pepper to taste


To make the Garlic Oil:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Take a meat mallet or the flat side of a knife and smash garlic lightly. Place garlic cloves in a small oven-proof dish and cover with olive oil.Roast for 30 minutes, until garlic cloves are golden brown; cool.

To make the Avocado Moyo de Ajo:  Add avocado, lemon juice, cilantro, and ¼ cup of the garlic oil (strained) to a blender. If you like a more pronounced garlic flavor, add a clove or two of the roasted garlic. Blend until smooth and creamy.

To Make the Shrimp:  Pat shrimp dry to remove any excess moisture.  In a larger skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the garlic oil. Working in 2 batches, saute the shrimp in garlic oil for  1-2 two minutes on each side, sprinkle shrimp with chili powder and stir until coated.  Transfer to a plate and serve.

For each taco, add cooked shrimp, avocado mojo de ajo, and top with chopped cilantro, onion, and a squeeze of lime.

*Note:  The roasted garlic oil is a great recipe to double or triple, the oil keeps in the fridge for weeks, and you can use both the oil and the garlic in your everyday cooking.

Serves 4 Recipe adapted from California Avocados


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2 Responses to “Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Moyo de Ayo (creamy avocado garlic sauce)”

  1. Oh Yum this looks really good. I love garlic and can’t wait to try the oil for all kinds of things. THanks

  2. Jarie – hope you love it! Thanks


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