Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican-style shrimp cocktail loaded with crunchy cucumber, celery, red onions, creamy avocados, cilantro, shrimp, and lots of zesty flavors. Serve with a big bowl of baked tortillas chips for healthy, and zesty holiday entertaining!!

All of these flavors complement each other so well that I decided to change few traditional ingredients in classic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. Yes, this not that same same old shrimp cocktail recipe! This shrimp cocktail is kinda like fresh zesty salsa, bloody merry, and shrimp served in same bowl! drooling!! Isn't it?

Oh, and for you and you only, I have included all the variations. Don't worry if can't find bloody mary or have vegetarian guests, I got you all covered. Just ,read the institutions carefully! Thank you for listening. :)

Holiday entertaining can be messy and I admit time and again that I'm always messy in the kitchen. :) You know! When you want to bring bold flavors in every thing you cook and are enthusiastic to serve a lots of homemade treats to you friends..... kitchen has to get messy! Isn't it?

Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time:
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4-6 Shrimp Cocktails Serves: 4
Notes: No. of servings depends on serving size.


    Shrimp Cocktail

  • 2 Avocado (small diced)
  • 1 Cucumber (seeds removed, small diced)
  • 3 Tomatoes (medium tomatoes, small diced)
  • 1 Red Onion (medium, small diced)
  • 2.5 Cup Bloody Mary Mix (medium or hot, as per spicy you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp Lemon (juice)
  • 1/4 Cup Clam Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro (small chopped)
  • Salt (to taste, if needed)
  • For Serving

  • Lemon (cut into wedges)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Prepare Shrimp for Shrimp Cocktail

  • 15-20 Shrimp (about 1.5 pound, cleaned raw shrimp)
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon (sliced)
  • 2-3 Tortillas (cut into small wedges)
  • Baked Tortilla Chips

  • Oil Spray
  • Salt


  • 1. Prepare Shrimp - Fill a deep pot with 3 quarts of water, then add bay leaves, salt, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil and then simmer 5-8 minutes. Increase heat, add shrimp then boil for about 1.5 minutes or until shrimp is bright pink (no raw spots). Remove with slotted spoon and set aside to cool completely.
    Additional Notes:
    For fast cooling refrigerate after cooking.
  • 2. In bowl, add all diced veggies except avocado with half of the cilantro.
  • 3. Add bloody mary mix, clam juice, lemon juice, and cooked shrimp. salt (and some cracked black pepper, if like) to taste. Toss gently to mix everything. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 4. Just before serving, add diced avocado, and remaining cilantro. Taste and adjust salt. Scoop into serving glasses, top with tortilla chips and some lemon wedges. Serve and enjoy!
  • 5. (optional) For Baked Chips, preheat oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. slice 2-3 large tortillas into triangle wedges. Spray with cooking oil spray and sprinkle with some salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until chips are lite brown and crispy.

Savita's Notes:

Variations and Swaps

Can't find Bloody Mary juice? Use 2 cup tomato juice such as V8, 1/4 cup tomato ketchup, 1-2 tsp hot sauce (more or less per taste), and 2 tablespoon lime juice.

Can't find Claim Juice? Use half bloody Mary and half Clamata Juice. Clamata juice is mix of claim juice and tomato juice.

Vegan Mexican Cocktail? If want to serve vegetarian/vegan guests, just skip shrimp and claim juice.

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