Aug 8, 2015

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

The very first time my husband and I went to Mexico together
was while we were dating and it was amazing! 
It was partly amazing due to my discovering 

One particular evening I wasn't in the mood for heavy tacos, 
and honestly, I'm not even really a fan of regular shrimp cocktail,
but that night I must have seen it at someone else's table
and decided to give it a try.

From then on, I always looked forward to our trips so that I could order more!

After we'd been married a couple of years, there was a new Mexican restaurant that opened up near our home that advertised the same Mexican shrimp cocktail that I thought I could only get in Mexico.  Unfortunately that restaurant only stayed open a short time.  :(
I finally decided to do some research for a recipe 
(because I wanted it for my whole family),
and after a bit of tweaking to make it my own, 
this is what I have come up with.
It's a family favorite!

The best part is, it's very healthy and totally guilt free!
Eat all you want, my friends!
It won't make you fat!!!

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
64 oz Clamato juice (I buy a 2-pack at Costco)
1 lb medium shrimp (I buy the frozen from Costco and cut into halves or thirds)
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup peeled, diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped celery 
2+ cups freshly chopped tomatoes, with juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 small jalapeno, minced
2 avocados, cut into chunks
2 TB lime juice, fresh or bottled
1 TB hot sauce (Tobasco or whatever you've got)
1 tsp salt, or to taste

Just chop everything up and put it all into a large bowl together.  
Stir gently.  
It's great to eat right away, but it's even better if you make it the night before so the flavors have a chance to blend together more.  
It's so light and refreshing, and totally delicious!  
My favorite way to eat it is to squeeze some lime juice right on top of my bite, and eat it with saltine crackers.  
That's the way it's served in Mexico!

This juice base tastes great and makes your life easy!

Speaking of easy, as much as I love fresh shrimp, 
this kind from Costco is already cooked, shelled, 
tails off, deveined, and ready to go.  
I don't even pre-thaw it.  
Just chop it up and you're ready to go.  
I use half of one of these bags (it's a 2 lb bag) for a single recipe.  
Although I often double it.


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