This Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe is great for serving up as a party appetizer or for a light lunch.  Succulent shrimp swimming in a sea of spicy tomatoey goodness along with other fresh ingredients make this one tasty dish!

Mexican shrimp cocktail served up in a margarita glass with sliced avocado

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Who Has The Best Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe?

Mexican shrimp cocktail is the first thing I search for on a menu whenever I go out to eat.  Although my family has our favorites,  I love to try new Mexican restaurants whenever we get the chance.  And trust me, there are plenty of Mexican restaurants to choose from around here.

I've spend most of my life living on the Mexican border.  I grew up in San Diego and then moved to the El Paso area during college.  Both cities have amazing Mexican food restaurants. And most have some really delicious Mexican shrimp cocktail recipes!


But my FAVORITE place to get great Mexican food is at my sons' grandmother's house LOL.  She is an amazing cook.  I've been trying to convince her to open a food truck.  She would definitely have customers lined up like crazy.  Her father used to own a taco and tamale shop in Juarez, Mexico.   I usually leave the traditional Mexican recipes up to her, but knew I had to add some to my recipe box as well.

Plus, when I was expecting my third baby, Mexican shrimp cocktail was my major pregnancy craving.  Since my doctor said I could have shrimp up to three times a week, that's how often someone was running out to pick up take out.

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That can get really expensive!

So, I started making my own Mexican shrimp cocktail at home and it is delicious!!! Here in El Paso, Mexican shrimp cocktail is usually served in margarita glasses.   I love this presentation.  It's so fun and pretty.  Plus I get extra use out of my margarita glasses.

Mexican shrimp cocktail makes a fantastic party appetizer.  In fact my mom whipped up a batch for my baby shower and served it in little cocktail shooter glasses.

How Do You Make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail?

So how do you make Mexican shrimp cocktail?  It's easy!  You can so just how easy this seafood recipe is in my YouTube video.

I like easy recipes, especially when they're fast too.  I start with thawed cooked tail off shrimp.  Of course, you could cook and peel raw shrimp if you prefer, but it will add to your time.  Then chop up fresh celery, cucumber, jalapeno, green onion, and cilantro.  Dice cherry tomatoes and a creamy avocado.

Combine your shrimp, celery, cucumber, jalapeno, green onion, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado.  Then slice into a lime and squeeze the juice into your dish.  I find it helpful to firmly press down on your lime and roll it on the counter before slicing into it to get the most juice squeezed.  Then finish off your mix with a squirt of cocktail sauce and top off with a tomato and clam cocktail juice.

a margarita glass filled with a Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe and topped with avocado

To make it more festive, add slices of avocado and a lime wedge to the rim of your margarita glasses.  Time for a fiesta!!!

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More Delicious Seafood Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also be interested in some of my other seafood recipes.  Check them out!

If you end up making this Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe, I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram or leave a comment below.

That's it for this Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe!  Until next time!

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a margarita glass filled with a Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe and topped with avocado

Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe served in a Margarita glass with sliced avocado and lime wedge

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 4


  • 1 pound cooked, tail off shrimp
  • 1 stalk diced green onion
  • 1 stalk diced celery
  • 4 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped medium cucumber
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 large limes, juiced
  • 4 tbsp cocktail sauce
  • 2 cups tomato and clam cocktail juice
  • 1 diced medium jalapeno pepper (seeds removed)


    1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together
    2. Divide the Mexican shrimp cocktail among four serving dishes
    3. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge and additional slices of avocado if desired

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