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Mexican shrimp cocktail in a small glass with red background.
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4.25 from 20 votes

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Servings: 4
Calories: 348kcal


  • 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
  • 1-2 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


  • 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.
  • Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours to let the flavor build and chill the sauce. Add shrimp and avocado chunks right before serving.
  • Serve in a large bowl or in small cocktail glasses with a side of tortilla chips for dipping.


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