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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe loaded with shrimp, avocados, lime juice, onions and flavor. Make it spicy and bold or keep it mild. It’s on par with our Camarónes a la Diabla recipe!

Serve it with our other favorite Mexican appetizer: Refried Bean Dip using Instant Pot Refried Beans and pico de gallo and Air Fryer Tortilla Chips.

We’re OBSESSED with this Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe. We tend to OD on it come Spring and Summer because it’s so easy to make and doesn’t require the oven or grill. This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is loaded with all our favorite Mexican Food Flavors – avocado, onion, jalapeno and lime!

We pair this authentic Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe with our favorite Classic Margarita Recipe or an ice cold Michelada or Mango Michelada. I mean, let’s do the math:

Not sure about the various Shrimp Sizes? Check out our free Shrimp Size Chart!


For Cinco de Mayo, we serve this Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with Carne Asada Nachos, Carne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Fries, Carne Asada or Grilled Steak Tacos. Make sure to check out all of our Mexican Recipes for your bash.


Mexican Shrimp Cocktail


This is not a Mexican Ceviche recipe. There isn’t enough lime juice to “cook” the shrimp. Therefore, make sure you used cooked shrimp in this recipe. Nobody wants to be hunched over the toilet on Cinco de Mayo!

You can use regular V8 Vegetable Juice or Spicy. We like everything with a kick, so we go with the spicy version. We do forego the tabasco sauce since the spicy V8 is enough of a boast.

Any size shrimp will suffice, but you’ll need to adjust the recipe accordingly. The called for amount is for large size shrimp. You’ll need to almost double it if you’re using small shrimp.

This is not a “make ahead” Mexican Recipe. You want to make this fresh, on-demand, so nothing is soggy.

Top off with fresh avocado slices or even a scoop of 4 ingredient guacamole or mango pico de gallo.

21 Day Fix Edits – To make this a 21 Day Fix Recipes, replace the Vegetable Juice with diced tomatoes. Or keep the juice and count it as a purple.

We love Seafood recipes around here…make sure to check out our Baked Lobster Tails, Steamer Clams with Garlic, Instant Pot Salmon and Ahi Tuna Poke recipes.


Paleo Recipe! Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe loaded with shrimp, avocado, lime and flavor. This gluten free Mexican Recipe is perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Ready in under 5 minutes! View more Mexican Recipes at #shrimprecipes #paleorecipes #dinnerrecipes #nobakerecipes #healthyrecipes #mexicanrecipes #cincodemayorecipes

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe loaded with shrimp, avocados, lime juice, onions and flavor. Make it spicy and bold or keep it mild.
3.41 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Seafood Recipe, Shrimp Recipes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5


  • 2 5.5 oz. V8 Vegetable Juice (Regular or Spicy)
  • 16-20 Pieces Large Shrimp (Cooked, tails Removed)
  • ½ Avocado (Diced)
  • ½ Small Red Onion (Diced)
  • 1 Small Jalapeno (Finely Diced)
  • ½ Lime (Juiced)
  • Tabasco Sauce (To Taste)
  • Cilantro (To Taste)


  • Add the avocado, onion, jalapeno and lime juice to a medium size bowl and stir.
  • Chop the shrimp into bite size pieces and add to the avocado mix. Fold gently into the mixture.
  • Slowly pour the V8 juice over the shrimp mixture until you've reached your desired consistency. Use 1 can if you prefer less "cocktail sauce."
  • Carefully divide the mixture into 2 large martini glasses. Top with tabasco sauce and cilantro (if desired).
  • Enjoy immediately!


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Recipe Rating

Lydia G. Ellis

Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

Totally authentic & delicious! Thank You!