May 5, 2015

Shrimp Taco Night with OXO & The Family Calendar Cookbook + Giveaway

It only seemed appropriate to introduce this delicious recipe from the Cinco de Mayo chapter of my latest book, The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales Good Food to Get You Through the Year, with my friends at OXO. They make the best everyday cooking tools and I am huge fan of using them when I make this dish. Today I am giving away a bundle of them along with a signed cookbook!

This dish begins with a fairly simple marinade that includes fresh citrus juices, garlic, and a hint of spice. Using the garlic press and citrus juicer ensures that making this is so easy to get all of the ingredients mixed in a jiffy without a big mess.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

After the shrimp have marinated we grill them up in just a few short minutes. In this case I bought shrimp that were already deveined, but you could use this really cool shrimp tool to clean them if you bought the shell-on version instead.

OXO Shrimp Taco Night

OXO Taco Night

While they are grilling I prepare the toppings by stripping corn off the cob with the corn stripper, slicing fresh avocado, and shredding fresh cheese.

OXO Shrimp Taco Night & Giveaway

One of my absolute favorite tools for cheese shredding is this complete box of graters and slicers. It can be used for just about anything!

OXO Shrimp Taco Night

My husband and I vary when it comes out our ideal taco so I set up a buffet of toppings so we can build our own. Here you can see avocado, sour cream, spanish rice, corn, cilantro, and lime wedges. So easy and so fun!

Grilled Shrimp Taco 1

I hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo celebration planned. If you need a spectacular main course look no further. Even better, this delicious recipe is great not only for today, but for the rest of the summer as well. So, come enter to win your own OXO taco night tool bundle and a book to get you well on your way to taco night in your house!

The OXO taco bundle includes: A Shrimp Cleaner, Citrus Squeezer, Garlic Press, Corn Peeler, OXO complete Grate & Slice set. I am also including a signed copy of The Family Calendar Cookbook!

The Family Calendar Cookbook

To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite taco topping!

2) Follow Kelsey Banfield on Facebook. Follow OXO on Facebook. (If you don’t use Facebook just let me know below)

3) Contest runs from May 5th through May 11th at 7:00am ET. Winner will be announced in the May 15th newsletter. Good luck!

Shrimp Taco Night

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

adapted from The Family Calendar Cookbook

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  • 20 large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 large ear corn
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • (optional)


  1. Place the shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne, and salt. Pour the mixture into the bag with the shrimp and shake gently so the shrimp are evenly coated. Place the bag on a flat plate or in a pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Light the grill and bring it to medium heat. Once it is hot, brush a small amount of vegetable oil on the corn and grill it over medium heat until the kernels char, but don’t burn to a crisp. Rotate the ear as necessary to it cooks evenly, 6 to 8 minutes. Allow the ear to cool slightly; then cut off the kernels into a bowl.
  3. Place the shrimp in a grill basket and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until they are bright pink. Then remove the basket from the grill and allow them to cool slightly.
  4. While they are cooling, quickly grill the tortillas on each side, about 30 seconds per side. Place them on a platter for taco assembly.
  5. To assemble your tacos, place two or three shrimp on a tortilla and top it with some charred corn, a dollop of salsa, a few cubes of avocado, a pinch of cheese, and a pinch of cilantro, dividing all the garnishes evenly among the tacos and serving on a large platter. Or you can plate the shrimp, tortillas, and garnishes separately and allow every- one to assemble their tacos as desired.

44 Responses to “Shrimp Taco Night with OXO & The Family Calendar Cookbook + Giveaway”

  1. Cecilia says:

    My favorite taco toppings: cilantro, guacamole and Cholula chipotle sauce

  2. Phoebe says:

    Corn salsa!

  3. Phoebe says:

    I follow Naptime Chef and Oxo, too.

  4. CarolynH6 says:

    I love shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on my tacos.

  5. CarolynH6 says:

    Follow and like both 1. Kelsey Banfield and 2. OXO on Facebook. Carolyn Hernandez

  6. Cecilia says:

    following both on FB

  7. berlykks says:


  8. sandz4321 says:

    Salsa and Guacamole. Following Kelsey and OXO on facebook.

  9. Cori says:

    Avocado. I love adding avocado to tacos!

  10. Debby says:

    It’s gotta be the cheese! Avocado would be right up there at the top as well.

  11. Karen D says:

    Have to have guacamole!
    And don’t forget the tomatoes!

  12. Karen D says:

    Karen Goodwin Delaney follows you on Facebook

  13. Carla S says:

    My favorite taco topping is either green onions or shredded mexican cheese.

  14. Carla S says:

    I follow both pages on facebook with the name Reagan Caleb.

  15. Rust says:

    Guacamole is my favorite taco topping.

  16. Rust says:

    I follow you both on FB as Rust Hawk.

  17. Beth Reisfeld says:

    avocado and sriracha

  18. latanya t says:

    sour cream

  19. latanya t says:

    I Follow Kelsey Banfield on Facebook and I Follow OXO on Facebook.

  20. christophersorel says:

    spicy guac on my taco over sour cream

  21. christophersorel says:

    Follow Kelsey Banfield and OXO on Facebook.

  22. Meghan Finley says:

    I love guacamole and sour cream on my tacos

  23. Meghan Finley says:

    I follow you both on Facebook

  24. Christine Mayfield says:

    I love sour cream and pico de gallo on my tacos

  25. Christine Mayfield says:

    I follow you and OXO on FB

  26. Laura Scott says:

    Pickled onions and cilantro

  27. serena says:

    My favorite thing to put on tacos is avocado.

  28. Greg Allbee says:

    Avocado or guacamole, and Cholula.

  29. Blessie Nelson says:

    Love to top tacos or tostadas with a parsley and lemon infused tomato and red onion mix

  30. Blessie Nelson says:

    I follow you and OXO on facebook as blessie nelson

  31. miranda says:

    I love guacamole on tacos

  32. miranda says:

    like both on FB

  33. bill says:

    I like spicy salsa on my tacos

  34. gary says:

    Love salsa on tacos

  35. gary says:

    like you and OXO on facebook

  36. Amy L says:

    Guacamole is my favorite taco topping. We actually had tacos for dinner today 🙂

  37. Amy L says:

    I follow both on Facebook (Amy Masters Leach)

  38. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite is salsa and guac!

  39. D Schmidt says:

    Follow both on facebook as d schmidt

  40. Betty B. says:

    My favorite is salsa verde!

  41. karen says:

    My favorite taco topping is, a mix of greek yogurt, lime juice, and cayenne pepper…delicious and simple. Follow both.

  42. kelly says:

    Shredded cheese is my favorite. I follow both.

  43. Annette says:

    I like Queso Fresco on my chicken tacos (following both on Facebook).

  44. Christina C says:

    sour cream!
    (I follow both on FB)