I prepare this refreshing shrimp cocktail for my family a lot during the hot summer days. Being a Mexican family, we always add Mexican hot sauce (such as Valentina® or Tapatio®) and serve with saltine crackers on the side. The trick is to start with well-chilled shrimp, ketchup, and tomato juice cocktail so it can be ready after only chilling 1 hour in the fridge. Top with additional hot sauce and avocado slices if desired. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix onion with lime juice in a small bowl and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss shrimp, roma tomatoes, cucumber, celery, jalapeno, salt, and black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined.

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  • Whisk tomato and clam juice cocktail, ketchup, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce in a separate bowl; stir dressing into shrimp mixture. Gently fold in avocados. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

409.7 calories; 28.8 g protein; 41.8 g carbohydrates; 221.3 mg cholesterol; 2625.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
This was my first time ever making Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, my Mexican boyfriend requested it. I doubled the Clamato, added 1/2 cup of onion instead of 1/3 cup, and added 1 clove minced garlic. It was success!! Him & his friend devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Served with saltine crackers, extra lime & extra avocado on the side. Thank u Thank u!!! This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2020
I found the flavor was just not there. I added more seasonings after the trial tastes. I want to find the one recipe I had that one time. This is good just not it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
This was my first time ever making Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, my Mexican boyfriend requested it. I doubled the Clamato, added 1/2 cup of onion instead of 1/3 cup, and added 1 clove minced garlic. It was success!! Him & his friend devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Served with saltine crackers, extra lime & extra avocado on the side. Thank u Thank u!!! This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
This was my first time ever making Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, my Mexican boyfriend requested it. I doubled the Clamato, added 1/2 cup of onion instead of 1/3 cup, and added 1 clove minced garlic. It was success!! Him & his friend devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Served with saltine crackers, extra lime & extra avocado on the side. Thank u Thank u!!! This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2012
Great authentic recipe! I add a little shrimp water (water used to boil shrimp) to the mix as well. Try it with picante Clamato next time for added flavor. Thanks for such a refreshing recipe. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2013
Made this recipe for a New Years Eve party and it was the hit of the party! I plan to make it again and try some of the variations. My friends could not get enough of it. Good thing I had made a double batch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2013
Being Mexican this dish is staple in our cuisine (especially during lent and summer)so naturally I had made this my own way for years. I tried this recipe today for the the first time and was wonderfully surprised with the outcome! The addition of the Clamato celery and cucumber is the best idea ever! Thanks for the yummy upgrade to an already great dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2013
I made this a couple weeks ago after having some at a restaurant this recipe was so much better than that the restaurant had. Delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2013
A friend of mine recently prepared a similar recipe for her book club. I tried it and it was delicious. I found this recipe and thought I would try it for Super Bowl Sunday as a "healthy" alternative to all the junk food being served. Absolutely LOVED it! It's very fresh tasting with all the chopped veggies in it. Be sure to dice all your ingredients...especially the jalapeno. It will make all the difference in the world. We served it with thin corn tortilla chips and saltine crackers. I personally preferred the saltines. They made the flavors really shine. I will absolutely will make this again. I'm looking forward to serving it on the back patio this summer with some refreshing sangria! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2013
This recipe is great as is. I also make this a lot during the summer. I use all above ingredients and also use the shrimp stock that I end up with after cooking my shrimp. I don't add the lime juice hot sauce or jalapeño to the cocktail- I usually serve these on the side so my family can add to their taste. Serve with tortilla chips- or saltine crackers... =) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2012
Excellent! I've been wanting to duplicate this recipe for years. There's a market in East San Jose named Tropicana and they make the BEST Coctels de Camarones... now I can make them at home. I'm so excited to be able to do this myself now! My husband and son LOVED THEM tonight. Gracias Mexican Sweetheart thank you for this recipe! I used everything listed and the shrimp water and I had saltines with it just PERFECT just like Tropicanas! GRACIAS GRACIAS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2013
My neighbor had made her version of this for me and brought it over. I was instantly hooked. I searched up and down for a recipe that can live up to the one I had. Came across this one and thought why not try it. I was taking a chance because my husband and I had to bring a dish to a gathering. After we finished gave it a taste... It was DELICIOUS! This recipe hit the spot and I'm saving it! Will be making it tonight. Can't go wrong with this recipe. Thank you Mexican Sweetheart for this! Absolutely love it!:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2020
I found the flavor was just not there. I added more seasonings after the trial tastes. I want to find the one recipe I had that one time. This is good just not it. Read More