Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Tasty and unique spin on a classic with Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. Perfect end of summer recipe of grilled shrimp, tomato base, avocado, cilantro, lime and hot sauce.

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Shrimp cocktails are a flavorful, healthy appetizer, usually only ordered at restaurants or served occasionally at parties. How do you make them part of your early fall fun? Grill the shrimp of course. Personally I enjoy grilling year-round, weather permitting. Rich, smoky flavor brings out even more flavors for this Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.

Grilling the shrimp brings a hands-on aspect and invites a collaborative effort between friends or family. Watch your guests salivate as they wait for perfectly grilled shrimp to mix into their sweet and spicy shrimp cocktail mix. This recipe features a unique tomato mixture made mostly from scratch.

Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe - www.platingpixels.comTraditional Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipes feature a pre-made clam and tomato drink, which you could use. If you want a more natural ingredient base then use an organic vegetable juice blend and simply add ingredients like diced tomatoes, minced garlic, red onion, cilantro, squeezed lime juice, horseradish and organic ketchup. Don’t forget a good amount of avocado for that signature chunky Mexican Shrimp Cocktail texture.

Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe - www.platingpixels.comAdding to the theme of Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, I used El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce. A full 2 tablespoons adds a flavorful, spicy kick. It’s made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato and signature spices and seasonings. It’s a great “all purpose” sauce that’s spicier than most, but with less vinegar flavor; ideal for a recipe like this. You can also try their Green Chile Habanero and Black Label Reserve flavors. El Yucateco® is a fun flavorful brand that people love and make a part of their every day life. It is great to bring camping, to a friends BBQ or to my favorite restaurant, the options are endless. El Yucateco®’s ingredients come from Field to Bottle. It includes no artificial colors, but the same great taste that makes it the King of Flavor since 1968.
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Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe - www.platingpixels.comDuring the summer, my friends and I spent almost every weekend cooking, grilling or being out in nature. We plan to do that even in fall season. Cookouts with friends brings both the food and outdoors together in one fun package. I hope you enjoy plenty of outdoor time as well with good food and company.

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Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Medium
Flavor profiles: Tangy, spicy and umami paired with savory grilled shrimp.
Texture: Moist tender shrimp, creamy avocado in a chunky tomato cocktail sauce.
Dietary options/substitutions: Use more or less hot sauce depending on desired spiciness. Preferably use organic vegetable juice, tomatoes and ketchup, as well as natural horseradish.

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Grilled Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

A unique twist on classic shrimp cocktail makes a perfect summer recipe.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Author Plating Pixels


  • 2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups vegetable juice blend or clam and tomato drink
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce
  • 3 avocados cubed
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place shrimp in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to coat.
  2. Lightly grease grill and cook shrimp 2-3 minutes per side, until cooked through and slightly charred. Tip: use a grill basket or skewers to prevent falling through grates. Remove shrimp and cool slightly.
  3. In a clean bowl, stir together remaining ingredients until combined. Place desired amount in glasses or bowls. Peel tails off shrimps (optional) then place on edge of prepared glasses and serve.

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16 Responses

  1. I love shrimps cocktails yours loos so flavorful and very colorful thanks for sharing your secrets with us #client

  2. Molly Kumar says:

    What a perfect looking colorful summer snack. I love the addition of El Yucateco sauce in it, must be spicy n yum!!

  3. Emily says:

    My Dad always enjoy a good shrimp cocktail and I think he would be so happy if I made this for him! I love how fresh your version is, with added avocado!

  4. Kushi says:

    I love shrimp. This is such a beautiful presentation and delicious recipe!

  5. Hell yes!! I am loving this shrimp cocktail! The fresh mexican flavors just sound amazing! Sharing 🙂

  6. I’m ALL about a good shrimp cocktail!! Love your fresh ingredients & that hot sauce!

  7. I love shrimp cocktail and you’ve just reminded me that I haven’t had it in the longest time! I love your creative spin on it!

  8. Lora says:

    Could I add cucumber to this or even celery?

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