Cinco de Mayo Shrimp Cocktail

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 35 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes


4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 cups water
30 unpeeled, large fresh shrimp
1 large avocado, diced
Garnish: lime slices
Lime-flavored tortilla chips


Process first 10 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill sauce up to 1 week.

Bring 6 cups water to a boil; add shrimp, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain and rinse with cold water. Chill up to 24 hours, if desired.

Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired.

Stir avocado into sauce; spoon sauce evenly into 6 chilled martini glasses or small bowls. Arrange 5 shrimp around edge of each glass; garnish, if desired. Serve with lime-flavored tortilla chips.