Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail

friends having a dinner partyThis classic Mexican shrimp cocktail is usually served as a starter, but makes a quick, refreshing main dish too. Add some of your favorite hot sauce for extra kick. You can eat it immediately or chill it for up to 4 hours if you prefer it colder. Serve with warm corn tortillas or cheese quesadillas and your favorite hot sauce.

Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 4 (1 ½ cups each)


1 pound cooked small shrimp (70-90 per pound; see Tip), tails removed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups diced English cucumber
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 1/2 cups spicy or regular V8 juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges for serving


Combine shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, V8 juice, lime juice, pepper, salt and cilantro in a large bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled, in your dishes of choice, along with lime wedges on the side.

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