Craving Some Spice? #SpicyChat Shrimp Shooters by @JuanitasCocina are the Perfect Bite!

Welcome to another edition of #SpicyChat. Today’s #SpicyChat is especially spicy, leaving you craving for more. Joining me this week is Ms. Jen from Juanita’s Cocina as our Guest Blogger. Jen is extremely versatile in her kitchen whipping up tantalizing dishes to please just about any palate. Here are some of our mouth-watering creations on Pinterest. Since this week’s theme for #SpicyChat is Cocktail Parties & Appetizing Bites – Jen graciously created the ultimate ‘one’ bite appetizer to please all senses.

I love hosting cocktail parties especially as it challenges me to create recipes that range from simple dips to sophisticated creations.  Cocktail parties are a versatile medium to impress your guests in a just a few bites and best of all it allows the host to enjoy the party with her or his guest. Jen’s Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Shooters will surely have your friends and family squealing in foodie delight!!

Without further adieu, over to you Jen.

Hi, y’all!  I’m Jen from Juanita’s Cocina.

In case you’re unfamiliar, #SpicyChat is the new series and live Twitter chat brought forth by our own Rashmi!  Rashmi believes that we all need to bring a bit more spice into our lives…and that spicier is always better.  Since I follow that belief system wholeheartedly, I was in!  In for the guest post, in to co-host with Rashmi for #SpicyChat…in for all of it!

Today’s #SpicyChat Theme is ‘Cocktails & Appetizing Bites’.

Can you pack spice into just one bite?

Yes, you can.  Sometimes all you need is one bite.  One strong, spicy bite.

Although one bite of these Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Shooters will leave you clamoring for more.


  • 1 lb. cocktail shrimp, fully cooked
  • 6 oz. ketchup
  • 2 oz. Mexican-style hot sauce (you can substitute spicy tomato juice), plus extra for service
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, mix the ketchup, hot sauce (or spicy tomato juice), lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, shallot, cilantro, jalapeño (if using) and salt and pepper to taste.

Once mixed, toss the shrimp into the sauce mixture. Thin with clam juice to your desired consistency. Chill the entire mixture in the refrigerator until ready to begin serving.

Right before serving, toss the diced avocado with the spicy shrimp mixture. Serve the shrimp cocktail in shot glasses, or spoon a small amount onto a tortilla chip. Garnish with a fresh cilantro leaf and add a dash or two of extra hot sauce.

Recipe adapted from “Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home”

This  spicy shrimp cocktail has everything you want in one spicy bite…chilled shrimp, spicy sauce, fresh herbs and veggies, and lots of flavor! Make sure you join us on Twitter tonight at 8 p.m. EST for #SpicyChat by following the #SpicyChat hashtag!  We’ll be talking all about one-bite spicy wonders!

And one more big “thank you!” to Rashmi for having me as a guest poster here in her kitchen!

This week’s edition of #SpicyChat is sponsored by Blue Ice Vodka , since the Theme is ‘Cocktails & Appetizing Bites’, I created some Modern Cocktails to compliment Jen’s spicylicious shooters. Cheers!! So join Jen and me tonight at 8 PM EDT on Twitter to add some sizzle and sparkle to your next cocktail party.

Join Us Every Thursday at 8 PM EDT for #SpicyChat Twitter Chat to bring some spice in your lives! We Love to share ALL recipes. Simply add the #SpicyChat hashtag to your link and we will add it to our Pinterest Board.

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  1. Why am I not surprised there is avocado in this? LOL! But I have most of the ingredients! Just waiting for the jalapeno to grow in my garden then I’ll have to try these out 🙂

  2. I’m not a fan of shrimp, but this looks amazing! I’m thinking scallops would make a delicious substitution for the shrimp. NOt sure if I’ll make the chat tonight, but if I can, I’d love to join you!

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