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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with Lime

This delicious recipe for Mexican shrimp cocktail calls for jalapeño, hot pepper sauce, cilantro, lime, and tomato to give a real Mexican flavor to the dish. A lot of Mexican foods are very spicy but you can alter the spiciness of this tasty appetizer recipe to suit yourself. Use big shrimp because they are juicier than the smaller ones and they look better too. There are different kinds of Mexican shrimp cocktail recipes to try but this one is particularly tasty.

You can either add more jalapeño and hot sauce, leaving them out or serving them on the side so your guests can add as much heat as they like. You can serve this Mexican shrimp cocktail with tortilla chips, bread and butter or simply as it is. You can also substitute a cup of shrimp for a cup of crab or clams and make a seafood cocktail.

If you want to make the best shrimp cocktail recipe, you will love making this. It is so simple but the end flavor is really good. This is an elegant looking recipe as well, which is ideal if you want to impress dinner party guests.

Sometimes it is nice to play with recipes, coming up with different variations on old classics, but if you want to make a traditional Mexican recipe for your shrimp, you will not be disappointed with the results of this one. Typical Mexican flavors unite to make this special appetizer and you can adjust the amount of spice used or even leave out the chilies altogether if you prefer a milder result.

To make it simply toss together the shrimp and other ingredients, then make the sauce in another dish. Divide the salad leaves between serving glasses, then the shrimp mixture and serve the sauce on the side. If you prefer, you can drizzle some or all of the sauce on the shrimp mixture and serve the dish that way instead.

Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Style
Summary: This is an authentic Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe with lime, cilantro and more, which makes an exciting appetizer for any occasion. The orange and jalapeño add more special flavor accents.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro plus leaves for garnish
  • 3 cups large unpeeled shrimp, cooked (about 36 in total)
  • 3 tablespoons minced raw tomato
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed limejuice
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño
  • 1 cup catsup
  • 4 teaspoons minced green olives
  • ¼ orange juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 lime wedges
  • ½ head lettuce, chopped
  1. Combine the shrimp, cilantro, green olives, tomato, and jalapeño in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the catsup, orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and limejuice in another bowl to make the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the lettuce between 6 margarita glasses or parfait dishes, top with the shrimp mixture and top each one with a few cilantro leaves and a wedge of lime.
  4. Serve each one with some orange and catsup sauce on the side for dipping.

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This Mexican shrimp cocktail looks delicious and it is guaranteed to taste every bit as good as it looks. With this Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe, the shrimp are first combined and then served in a piquant sauce. Cilantro and lime garnishes this dish and this is the best recipe for Mexican shrimp cocktail if you want to make something truly traditional and authentically Mexican. Serve this tasty shrimp cocktail for lunch or as an appetizer. It is spicy but not too spicy and the juicy shrimp goes beautifully with the sauce, the lettuce, and the garnish.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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