Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Mesa, Arizona is my hometown and we have a restaurant called Tia Rosa’s that has the best Mexican food. I go there for their shrimp tacos with pineapple salsa. To die for! If you are every in Mesa you must go there. A couple of years ago John and I came across a really good shrimp recipe and then found a yummy pineapple salsa recipe and decided to put them together to try to recreate Tia Rosa’s dish. Heaven!




Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa



  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (if you use regular it will be way too salty)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if my kids are eating I add a little less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

Pineapple Salsa:

  • 1 pineapple – at least 4 cups diced pineapple pieces.
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 5 scallions diced thin (or purple onion)
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of one lemon
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (take out seeds and core so it’s not too hot)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. For the shrimp: Preheat grill for medium heat. In a small bowl crush garlic with the salt. Mix in cayenne pepper and paprika and then stir in olive oil and lemon juice to make a paste. Toss the shrimp with the sauce until coated. Lightly oil the grill grate. Cook shrimp 2 to 3 minutes per side or until opaque.
  2. For the pineapple salsa: Mix everything and let the flavors blend for a few minutes in the fridge.
  3. To assemble the tacos: To complete the tacos I use white corn flour tortillas. I sometimes butter them in a pan and then sprinkle cheese on them and melt the cheese in the oven on a cookie sheet just for a couple of minutes (unless we are trying to be super healthy and we skip those steps and just warm them in the microwave). Pile on 2-3 shrimp on the tortilla with some pineapple salsa. We serve ours with black beans on the side. For the kids I make quesadillas with the shrimp, salsa, cheese, and black beans.


Source: shrimp Allrecipes ; salsa adapted from Laura Denney;

Speak Your Mind



  1. I was so excited to find your recipe. I too hail from sunny Mesa, AZ, but now live in Texas. I have tried many fish and shrimp tacos else where and none have come close to Rosa’s.

  2. Great Recipe! I live in Austin, TX and found a pineapple/coleslaw/shrimp taco TORCHY’S TACOS and wanted to find something kind of like it…and this is perfect.

  3. My husband if from Mesa and loves Tia Rosa’s – his family still lives there and frequents there often.

    Mesa Mountainview High SChool CO 1999

  4. Love this! I have made a similar taco dish with shredded chicken and pineapple chunks. Yum! I gotta make these though…I know the hubby will go nuts over these!

  5. Yay! I made your recipe about three months ago and then couldn’t find it again when I searched for shrimp tacos again. I am SO happy I found it again, it was fantastic! Thank You!

  6. I made these for dinner tonight and they were a big hit! Delicious, easy and healthy