Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail - Coctel de Camarones

Cinco de Mayo - The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be, and Cinco De Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be.

Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico on the morning of May 5, 1862.  When the battles was over, many French were killed or wounded.  The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world has ever seen.

In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the United States Armed Forces.

Mexicans never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans.  That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party - a party that celebrates freedom and liberty.  VIVA! el Cinco De Mayo!!

This recipe is a classic Mexican shrimp cocktail that I served as a starter for Easter.  Now it's our new favorite!  A change from the normal, boring shrimp cocktail.

  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, tails removed
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry or grape 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 V-8 juice
  • 1 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving


Combine shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, V-8 juice, lime juice, pepper and salt and cilantro in a large bowl.  Serve at room temperature or chilled, with lime wedges.  Serve with warm corn tortillas or cheese quesadillas for a complete meal.  Add your favorite hot sauce for a spicer cocktail.  I think a little Vodka wouldn't hurt either!
~Adapted from Eating Well


  1. Great idea I must say! Love the presentation too, just beautiful!

  2. This recipe looks delish!!!! My sisters and I just started our first themed blog hop over at http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com every Sunday!. This weeks theme is appetizers. We would love for you to come over and share these or any of your favorite appetizer recipes with our blog readers. Have a great weekend.

  3. Thank you for posting this recipe on Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays - Appetizers!! This weeks theme is CHICKEN. Please come back and post some of your favorite chicken recipes to share with our followers. We hope to see you there!



  4. LOVE this and am soooooooooooooooooo sharing! Thank you dear Patti! xoxoxo


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