Imagine juicy shrimp, marinated in smoky chipotle, combined with a little zesty lime and a drizzle of creamy Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce on top. You’re salivating, aren’t you? 

Today we’re talking about how to whip up a fiesta of flavors with our Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl!

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl

Why This Recipe Works:

  • A Beautiful Relationship of Flavors: The chipotle-marinated shrimp and Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce combine savory and creamy in a way that just works. It’s a beautiful balance!
  • It’s Easy To Make: You can have this dish ready in just 35 minutes! It’s a recipe that proves that you don’t need to spend an entire day in the kitchen to make a gourmet-level meal.
  •  It’s Versatile: Want more veggies and less heat? Or less veggies and more shrimp? This recipe is all about customization, and it’s easy to adjust the ingredients to cater to dietary preferences and personal tastes.

A Flavorful Dive into Chipotle & Adobo

What exactly is chipotle and adobo? Where did these originate?


Chipotle orginated from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli, which means “smoked chili”. And the chipotle pepper isn’t a unique species of chili at all. It’s actually just a ripe jalapeño that’s been dried and smoked. Traditionally, these peppers were slow-smoked over a wood fire, and gradually dried out, which resulted in a deep, smoky flavor. As an added benefit, this also preserved the peppers. A staple in Mexican cuisine, it’s no wonder this robust flavor has made waves internationally.


The term “adobo” comes from the Spanish word adobar, which means “marinade”. Originally, this sauce was just used as a preservative, but it was too deliciously tangy and spicy to not be used for its flavor. Adobo sauce features ground chilies, herbs, vinegar, and spices, and works especially well with the smoky richness of chipotle. That’s why, these days, chipotle peppers are often canned in adobo sauce, a beautiful union of flavor.

Reverse Meal Planning with a Chipotle Twist

So you had every intent to whip up this bowl, but you’re missing some ingredients. No worries! With Reverse Meal Planning, we start with what you’ve got and make it work. Let’s get into how the Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl fits snugly into this strategy.

What’s in the pantry? Before diving into this tantalizing recipe, survey your kitchen. Maybe there’s a lone bell pepper yearning to be a star or a container of Greek yogurt almost past its prime. Perfect candidates for our bowl!

Ingredient Swap Outs:

  • Shrimp: No shrimp on hand? Use chicken, tofu, or tempeh. They all soak up that chipotle-adobo magic!
  • Bell Peppers: Any veggies waiting to be savored will do – think zucchini, mushrooms, or snap peas. Just adjust your cooking time.
  • Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce: Missing an ingredient or two? Sour cream can replace Greek yogurt for a creamier texture, and parsley can step in if cilantro isn’t your favorite dance partner.
  • Adobo Sauce: If you’re out of adobo, a mix of paprika, vinegar, and a pinch of sugar can mimic its tangy-spicy essence.
  • Greens: Switch up the base according to what’s fresh or what’s about to expire – from spinach to arugula to romaine.

With reverse meal planning, it’s all about using what you already have, minimizing waste, and still delivering on taste. Now, you’re all set to create a Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl masterpiece, even if you’re missing a few dancers from the flavor fiesta! 

Turn Up the Zen with the Chipotle Lime Shrimp Buddha Bowl

buddha bowlEver heard of a meal that’s as balanced as your yoga posture? Enter: The Buddha Bowl. With roots perhaps as meditative as its name suggests, this meal is all about harmony. It’s a delightful play of grains, proteins, veggies, and a dressing, all mingling together in one bowl. Let’s get this Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl to align its chakras with the Buddha Bowl philosophy.

Here’s the formula to craft your Chipotle Lime Shrimp Buddha Bowl:

  1. Base: Start with a peaceful foundation of your greens of choice. Whether it’s spinach for iron, arugula for a peppery kick, or mixed lettuce for some crispiness – lay them at the bottom.
  2. Proteins: Gracefully place your marinated and cooked shrimp onto those greens. Remember, it’s not just shrimp that can play this role. Tofu, tempeh, or even chickpeas can join the bowl if they’re what’s available.
  3. Veggies & Add-ins: Channel the colorful vibes with sliced bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes. These represent not only nourishment but the beautiful diversity of our planet.
  4. Dress to Impress: Drizzle that zesty Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce, adding a cooling contrast to the heat of the chipotle.
  5. Garnish: Elevate the senses by topping off with fresh cilantro, lime wedges, avocado slices, and pickled jalapeños. These are the finishing touches, the little reminders of life’s zest and flavor.
  6. Crunch: For that added texture and burst of flavor, don’t forget a sprinkle of roasted cashews or even some crushed tortilla chips. They’re like the surprise ending of a good book – totally satisfying.

There you have it – a bowl that not only feeds your hunger but also your soul. Ready to get enlightened, one bite at a time? 

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce

Spice Up Your Knowledge: Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl FAQ

  • I’m not big on shrimp. Can I use another protein? While shrimp brings its own brand of sass, you can totally swap it for cubed chicken, tofu, or even beef strips. Just marinate as you would with the shrimp and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • I’m out of adobo sauce, any quick fix? Missing adobo? No sweat! Try mixing some smoked paprika, a touch of vinegar, and a pinch of brown sugar as a makeshift solution. It won’t be an exact match, but it’ll lend a similar smoky and tangy profile.
  • Can the Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce be made ahead? Absolutely, kitchen warrior! Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. The flavor might even intensify, which is always a bonus.
  • I can’t handle too much heat. Any suggestions? Listen, food is all about playing it your way. Ditch the chipotle and reduce or skip the jalapeños in the sauce. You can also serve the sauce on the side so everyone can adjust their own heat level.
  • My avocados are rock hard. How can I ripen them quickly? Oh, the age-old avocado conundrum! Place those stubborn avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene gas these fruits emit will help speed up the ripening process. Check daily until they’re soft to the touch.


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Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl With Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce

Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of the Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowl. This vibrant dish features succulent shrimp marinated in a zesty chipotle pepper and lime sauce, perfectly complemented by the crispness of bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes. Topped with a refreshing Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce and a hint of pickled jalapeños for a delightful kick, this bowl is a burst of flavors in every bite. Serve it over your favorite greens and garnish with fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and creamy avocado slices.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people
Calories 213 kcal


Cilantro Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce: Yields 1 ¼ cup 

  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Fresh lime juice to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to thin out as needed

Buddha Bowl

  • 1.5 lbs raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided 
  • 2 garlic clove minced 
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce from the same can
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika 
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ½ tsp salt and black pepper
  • 2 bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 small to medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes sliced
  • Greens of choice

To Serve

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Avocado slices
  • Pickled jalapeños


  • Make yogurt sauce. Purée jalapeño, yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, and a generous pinch of salt in a blender until very smooth. Taste and season with salt and more lime juice, if desired. Thin out with water to your preferred consistency.
  • In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, garlic, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, lime juice, and spices. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Slice the bell peppers and onions and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and cook peppers and onions 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, or until they're crisp, but tender. Transfer to plate.
  • Heat remaining oil in the same skillet. Sear the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, working in batches. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  • Turn the heat off. Once the shrimp are finished cooking, toss shrimp, bell peppers, and onions in the warm pan, adjusting for lime and any seasonings.
  • Serve over greens with tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, extra lime wedges, yogurt sauce, and pickled jalapeños.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 542mgPotassium: 532mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2746IUVitamin C: 110mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg
Keyword buddha bowl, cilantro, lime, shrimp
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