5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

As so many of you are taking on the #januarywhole30 challenge this month, let’s not forget something. Dinner is dinner. Food is food. Not every meal needs to be an extravagant feast. Trust me, I am the first to admit I overdo things a bit, since cooking is my love language and all, but it is s important to remember that when you are tired of cooking (and tired you will get when doing a Whole30) that you can keep it simple in the kitchen. Ground up some meat and make lettuce cup tacos. Pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and serve it with a big salad. Make these 5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups. Just get dinner on the table and move on with your evening! 

This is precisely why I created my #5ingredientwhole30 challenge. To remind you that you can still make a lovely dinner with minimal ingredients and enjoy dinner in no time. This particular 5-ingredient meal is one of the easiest yet, and it’s *really yummy*. I think you’ll find yourself on a busy weeknight turning to these 5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups a lot this month. 

Shrimp, lime, hot sauce, lettuce, and garlic come together to make a delightful light and healthy dinner that is still full of flavor! Enjoy!

Please note that as part of the #5ingredientwhole30 challenge, I do not count salt, pepper, oil, vinegar or some additional garnishes. They are, more or less, 5 ingredient meals that I hope inspire you to keep things simple and delicious in your kitchen.

Like this recipe? Here are some other lettuce wrap recipes you might love: Thai Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce WrapsWhole30 Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Pecan Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps.

5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups
Serves: 2 people
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes


  • 1 lb peeled, deveined, tail-off large shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee you can use avocado oil here, too
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lime zest or the zest of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp Siete Foods Chipotle Hot Sauce or compliant hot sauce that you like
  • 2 tbsp lime juice or the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 head bibb lettuce leaves
  • Cilantro leaves, optional for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges optional for serving


  • Slice shrimp in half, lengthwise. Season with the salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Melt ghee in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Add the garlic, lime zest and chipotle hot sauce and toss until well combined and heated through, 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice.
  • Serve in lettuce leaves and topped with cilantro, if desired and serve with extra lime wedges. Enjoy!


  • Reply
    Cindy Ducros
    May 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Were you able to provide nutritional facts?

    • Reply
      May 31, 2022 at 8:08 pm

      I have not calculated the nutrition but someone else may have and can share!

  • Reply
    August 28, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    3 stars
    Nutrition facts please?

  • Reply
    Helen B
    July 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    We love this one! We use Cholula green pepper hot sauce rather than a chipotle based one to change it up too! šŸ™‚ Thank you, Alex šŸ™‚

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      Emily Fitzgerald
      June 10, 2022 at 1:35 am

      5 stars
      Needed a quick shrimp recipe and this was PERFECT! Soo good and easy. Alex nails it every time!

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    Larissa Lilly
    March 20, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Can you use frozen shrimp? Or does this only work with fresh?

    • Reply
      March 21, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      Frozen is fine!

  • Reply
    January 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    5 stars
    This was a hit for my family. Even my 6 yo ate it. I just lowered the amount of hot sauce to one tbsp. šŸ™‚

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    Sandy Hardin
    November 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    5 stars
    Love this!! Super quick & easy to make. Have made it several times. I do not take the time to slice the shrimp. Did not find it necessary.

    • Reply
      November 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Glad you enjoy!

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