Mexican Shrimp Cocktail


This shrimp cocktail recipe is similar to one I first tried in San Antonio. I could never find a recipe that recaptured what I had there. I experimented and finally came up with the perfect combination of ingredients. Anyone who has tried it has begged for the recipe. Try it with tortilla chips!

High angle, looking down at a bowl of Mexican shrimp cocktail.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic

  • 1 ½ cups tomato and clam juice cocktail

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • ¼ cup prepared horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 1 ripe avocado - peeled, pitted and chopped


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make Mexican shrimp cocktail.

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  2. Place shrimp in a large bowl. Stir in red onion, cilantro, and garlic.

    Shrimp placed in a large bowl with red onion, cilantro and garlic.

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  3. Add tomato and clam juice, ketchup, lime juice, horseradish, and hot pepper sauce; mix well to combine. Season with salt.

    Tomato and clam juice, ketchup, lime juice, horseradish, and hot pepper sauce mixed in with shrimp.

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  4. Gently stir in avocado. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

    Avocados gently stirred in.

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Serve in one large bowl or ladle into individual bowls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
7g Fat
16g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 295mg 98%
Sodium 711mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 604mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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