Marinated Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado is the Perfect Summer Snack!

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large bowl, add the shrimp, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, celery, onion, lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix together using a spoon.

2

Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill.

3

When ready to serve, remove from the fridge and add in the chopped avocado. Serve by itself in a small bowl or cocktail glass, or in a bowl with chips or saltine crackers for dipping. Enjoy!

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spoonful of mexican shrimp cocktail

Need a refreshing summer party dish? Make a Mexican shrimp cocktail appetizer!

This yummy tomato juice marinated shrimp and avocado mixture is bursting with bold flavors like lime, onion, and cilantro, and can be enjoyed by itself with a fork, or to enjoy as a dip using tortilla chips or saltine crackers. I sometimes even serve this shrimp on top of tostada shells for an easy lunch idea!

Hip Tip: Skip the chips or slice some crunchy jicama for a low-carb dipper, and then this would be a keto-friendly appetizer too!

dipping tortilla chip in Mexican shrimp cocktail

However you decide to serve this Mexican shrimp cocktail, it’ll be super popular and disappear fast! Every time this is shared at our family gatherings, it’s a big hit! I love that it is an easy and smart way to turn a bag of frozen shrimp into something special.

mexican shrimp cocktail in bowl

This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is so easy to make at home and each ingredient can be adjusted or modified to taste!

Feel free to use this Mexican shrimp idea as a suggestion and make it your own! I added a little hot sauce for an added kick, but you could add chopped jalapeño for even more of a kick. It’s all up to you to taste and season as desired to your liking!

For a sweeter version, my mom actually adds corn and a little honey to hers.

ingredients for mexican shrimp cocktail

Tips for making the best Mexican shrimp cocktail:

    • For best results, you’ll want to make this and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours in a covered container so all the flavors have a chance to hang out together. Then chop the avocados and add in right before serving.
    • I used some Clamato clam and tomato juice cocktail because I do like the yummy salty flavor, but I have used V8 tomato juice before and it works too.
    • I added a can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes because it’s less chopping and more flavorful, but feel free to sub in a couple of fresh tomatoes.
    • This would make a perfect make-ahead potluck or picnic item to go! Just store in a tightly sealed container with a lid in the fridge or cooler and then chop the avocados and add when ready to serve.
    • This dish is best eaten the same day for the best texture with the avocado. It will last in the fridge though in a container for a couple of days. I ate some leftovers on a tostada shell for lunch the next day and it was still tasty, but the texture on the avocado changes a bit.

adding diced tomato to mexican shrimp cocktail bowl

adding cilantro to mexican shrimp

adding clamato to shrimp cocktail

bowl covered with bees wrap

adding avocado to mexican shrimp cocktail

mixing bowl with mexican shrimp cocktail


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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Marinated shrimp in tomato juice with chopped cilantro, tomatoes, onion, and avocado for a spiced-up version of this classic appetizer.

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large bowl, add the shrimp, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, celery, onion, lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix together using a spoon.

2

Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill.

3

When ready to serve, remove from the fridge and add in the chopped avocado. Serve by itself in a small bowl or cocktail glass, or in a bowl with chips or saltine crackers for dipping. Enjoy!

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bowl of mexican shrimp cocktail

Yum! I love this fresh-tasting appetizer so much. 🍤

It’s both beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! Make this for your next potluck or dinner party, and then be sure to let me know how it goes.

I love hearing from you all after you’ve been inspired to make something for your family that I’ve shared. 🥰

small bowl with shrimp cocktail

Here’s what my teammate Jenna had to say after making Mexican shrimp cocktail:

“This is so fresh and delicious; I want to eat it all the time! We had it with tortilla chips and pita chips and I couldn’t get enough. I used to get a similar shrimp cocktail as an appetizer at my sister’s favorite restaurant and this was even better! I can’t believe how easy it was to throw together. Two thumbs way up!”


This Mexican street corn on the cob is another family favorite recipe!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 11

  1. Dee

    This looks so yummy! Thinking of taking the frozen shrimp in the cooler and putting this together at our campsite this weekend.

    • JMonte509

      Go for it!! I make this all the time and it’s always a hit!!! We add a little jalapeno too.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum yes, that sounds like a great plan! Have so much fun πŸ™‚

  2. CJ

    Can someone please drop a bowl of this off at my house tonight??? I’d be so grateful!!!!! πŸ€—πŸ€πŸ₯‘πŸ…πŸ€—

  3. llc

    In texas, the mexican seafood places call this a shrimp cocktail. They use ketchup in place of ur clamato. It’s really good.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice yes using ketchup is a good option too. πŸ™Œ

  4. lovekeil

    Omg! I love shrimp cocktails sooo much! Looks sooo yummy and looks like we make similar way except I make Clamato juice from scratch! Either way it’s sooo good! 🀀🀀🀀https://www.munchkintime.com/easy-mexican-shrimp-cocktail-recipe/

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow I didnt even think of that! How smart and yummy! πŸ₯°

  5. Nancy Bartolo

    This looks so delicious. I am going to make it and add jalapenos as suggested by jmonte. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure Nancy! Enjoy!

  6. AngieM

    Instead of celery, Mexican shrimp cocktail takes cucumber, clamato and ketchup. It you like spicy, add tapatio 😊 and try it with crackers also spread some maymayonnaise on the tostada πŸ‘πŸ»

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