Mexicano Shrimp Cocktail

Lou Kostura


I originally tried this in a tiny Mexican general store in Calistoga California. They serve it up in small styrofoam cups on Sunday mornings, and after the first one I was hooked. It is just so fresh and tasty I knew I had to find out how to make it myself. So after asking, tasting, a newspaper recipe, and trial and error I put my version together and believe I have a pretty decent gringo version of Cocktail de Camarones. I use the little tiny popcorn shrimp for my version of this, however, use whichever size you prefer.

★★★★★ 3 votes
15 Min
1 Hr
No-Cook or Other

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh my... this shrimp cocktail recipe is so good. When I mixed everything and tasted, I was thinking this is OK, but it's missing something. Well, while chilling in the fridge the magic happens. The few dashes of tabasco provide a kick. The fresh veggies, cilantro and lime are so good and the shrimp soaks up all the flavor. Fresh, light and fabulous!


1 lb
cooked plain shrimp
roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bunch
green onion, thinly sliced with white and green
1 bunch
cilantro, fresh chopped
1 bottle
clam juice
limes, juiced
tabasco, to taste
2 Tbsp
ketchup (sounds weird, but yes, ketchup)

How to Make Mexicano Shrimp Cocktail


  • 1Mix all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2Mix again, and serve. Make sure to put enough of the juice in each serving, this stuff is so good you won't be able to stop.

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About Mexicano Shrimp Cocktail

Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #shrimp, #Seafood