Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

This Mexican shrimp cocktail is a healthy and flavorful dish with chilled shrimp in a tomato sauce with cucumber, avocado and cilantro. Serve cold with tortilla chips for a festive party appetizer or a quick weeknight meal.

This year we spent 4th of July weekend with my family at the beach. While we were there my cousin’s girlfriend, Danielle, made this awesome shrimp cocktail dip as an appetizer before dinner one night and everyone loved it! I forgot to ask her for the recipe, but once we got home I decided to try my hand at making it. I found this authentic Coctel de Camarones recipe that seemed similar so I used it as a guide and came up with the version I’m sharing today!

Mexican shrimp cocktail in a glass with tomatoes and avocado.

What is Mexican Shrimp Cocktail?

When I think of shrimp cocktail I immediately think of a fancy dinner party with cold shrimp and cocktail sauce for dipping. This recipe doesn’t involve cocktail sauce at all. It’s more like a shrimp salsa or like a gazpacho soup studded with shrimp. I love Mexican food so I am extra excited to share this recipe!

Traditionally Mexican shrimp cocktail is made with a tomato juice mix like V8 or Clamato (tomato juice mixed with calm juice). I like thicker dips so we’re skipping the juice and using tomato sauce instead.

Mexican shrimp cocktail with tomatoes, cilantro and avocado served with black bean chips.

How Do You Eat Shrimp Cocktail?

For serving, Mexican shrimp cocktail often served with saltine crackers, but I love chips and salsa so serving this shrimp cocktail with tortilla chips is a no-brainer in my mind.

Chips and salsa aren’t very filling on their own, but luckily this dip is like an amped up version. When you add shrimp and avocado to the mix you have a good amount of protein and healthy fats that fill you up and you’re less likely to feel the need to eat a billion chips. Always a good thing. 🙂

And if you’re not in the mood for chips you can eat the cocktail straight up with a fork or spoon. Like I said, it’s like a gazpacho soup studded with shrimp! I recommend serving it with my skinny paloma for a true Mexican fiesta.

Mexican shrimp cocktail with tomatoes, cilantro and avocado served with black bean chips.

Ingredients in Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

  • cooked shrimppeeled and deveined
  • tomato base – ripe tomatoes, ketchup, tomato sauce
  • vegetablesred onion, cucumber, celery, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño pepper, avocado
  • lime juice
  • hot sauce – I love Cholula or Tapatio in this recipe!
  • salt and pepper
  • tortilla chips

Mexican shrimp cocktail with tomatoes, cilantro and avocado served with black bean chips.

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Mexican shrimp cocktail in a small glass with red background.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


A healthy and flavorful dish with chilled shrimp in a tomato sauce with cucumber, avocado and cilantro. Serve cold with tortilla chips for a festive party appetizer or a quick weeknight meal.


  • 1 lb. cooked shrimp, peel and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped ripe tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup peeled and diced cucumber
  • 12 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican hot sauce, like Cholula or Tapatio
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 avocados, chopped into chunks
  • tortilla chips, for serving


  1. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, ketchup, tomato sauce, red onion, cucumber, celery, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, pepper and salt. Taste and add extra seasoning if needed.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours to let the flavor build and chill the sauce. Add shrimp and avocado chunks right before serving.
  3. Serve in a large bowl or in small cocktail glasses with a side of tortilla chips for dipping.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe (without chips)
  • Calories: 348
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 1207mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 27g

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Recipe rating

    1. Larry G
      January 27, 2021 AT 4:12 pm

      great recipe

    2. Claudia Martinez
      December 26, 2020 AT 8:37 am

      You are an amazing cook 👩‍🍳 thank you for being you and showing us what you know. Merry Christmas and a Happy new year 🎆

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:34 am

        Aww, thank you!! I so appreciate that. <3

    3. Limbo
      August 19, 2020 AT 4:37 pm

      This was awesome as is! However this Marylander can’t resist shaking some Old Bay in it which made it even tastier!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

        Oh I bet!! Old Bay makes everything better. 🙂

    4. Reena Bansal
      July 10, 2020 AT 7:45 am

      Yum! This shrimp is so good! I made it for our family gathering and they gobbled it up.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 10, 2020 AT 8:00 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit, Reena! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    5. Mike Lopez
      January 4, 2020 AT 7:50 pm

      For your hot sauce try buffalo or , Valentin, or amor it will make a world of difference I live close to the border with a big mexican family and those are our go to hot sauces.

      1. Guillermo Ruelas
        February 12, 2021 AT 1:59 pm

        So tapatio isn’t but buffalo is🤔

      2. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2020 AT 12:28 pm

        Yes!! I love all the hot sauces!

    6. Mrsjustmom
      April 1, 2019 AT 6:22 pm

      Heehee, this is a mainstay at EVERY family gathering, like fruitpunch. Only we use spicy Clamato and serranos. But enough for 100+++ people

    7. Eric
      May 3, 2018 AT 4:32 am

      I made it for an office party at work for Cinco de Mayo. Hopefully they will like it! I was sure slow chopping!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2018 AT 7:51 am

        Ahh! That’s awesome, Eric! Let me know how you and your coworkers liked the shrimp cocktail! 🙂 Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

    8. Julia
      September 28, 2017 AT 10:56 am

      One of the great recipe with shrimp I have found on the web. Really looks deliciuos. I need to try this at home today.

      Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe.

    9. Aimee @ ShugarySweets
      August 26, 2016 AT 9:39 am

      We are big fans of shrimp cocktail…love this spiced up version!!

    10. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
      August 19, 2016 AT 8:50 pm

      This looks amazing and would instantly transport me to the beach — a good thing! Love those big chunks of avocado 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 22, 2016 AT 9:44 am

        Thanks Patricia. It’s such a good beach snack!

    11. Taylor Kiser
      August 19, 2016 AT 12:09 pm

      Have a great time touring with GM! This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail looks so delicious! Would love this for a light dinner or as a fun appetizer!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 22, 2016 AT 9:44 am

        Thanks Tay!

    12. treadmills365
      August 18, 2016 AT 10:18 am

      Best ever , i seen

    13. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
      August 16, 2016 AT 8:40 am

      I really, really need to bite the bullet and re-buy all the ingredients to make this. 🙂 I’m so mad I didn’t at the beach! Maybe I need to make it for road trip sustenance. 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2016 AT 10:12 am

        Ugh! I vote we just have another National Tequila Day hangout with margs and this dip. 🙂

    14. Andrew
      August 10, 2016 AT 10:58 am

      This looks amazing! Great light alternative for an appetizer.

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