Saturday, July 24, 2010

Campechana (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

After eating a week full of vegetables, which are so very delicious and good for you, Ben and I were craving something Mexican. We had a favorite local Mexican restaurant that we use to frequent specifically to eat this because they made it so well. When they closed shop, we found that no one else makes it as good so I was thrilled when I saw this on allrecipes.com It's just as good and you can save money by making it at home.

Wanting to save money by eat in, we decided to make this last night.  The shrimp all together cost about $10 and by the time you add the rest of the items, you'll be pushing $20 (unless you already have some of the items already in the fridge).  So for $20, Ben and I had large bowls of this, which is beyond filling, and we will also have the remainder today for lunch.  That's $5 a serving.

It's also low in fat and high in flavor.  Believe me when I say you will crave this once you have had it.

**Various pictures (including this one), nutrition information and the recipe can be found HERE.


  • 2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato and clam juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado - peeled, pitted and chopped


  1. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Stir garlic, red onion, and cilantro. Mix in tomato and clam juice cocktail, ketchup, lime juice, hot pepper sauce, and horseradish. Season with salt. Gently stir in avocado. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Serve in one large bowl or ladle into individual bowls.


  1. Okay i am sitting here looking at your progress pictures, and i need to know how you are doing it! I have tried exercise, changing my eating and I am GAINING instead of losing. It is so depressing.

    I have your bookshelf post ready to post tomorrow! You are looking great with the weight loss! CONGRATS!!!

  2. Thanks so much! It's certainly a journey!!

    Sometimes you gain in the beginning while your body adjusts. You retain water AND build muscle mass. (Scale goes up) But if you keep doing the positive, you will see the weight begin to drop. If not, decrease some calories while bumping up the exercise. Most important thing is to listen to your body.

    I had a rough week and didn't exercise (shhhh) upped the intake of food just a bit (stressed) and I can feel I gained a few pounds. It's that easy for me. So I have to exercise daily, eat smaller portions and then I use the scale (and my pants) to gauge what my next move is.

    Sometimes, I am actually not eating enough, and then I'll have a heavier day because of a party/gathering or craving and I'll drop the next day.

    You can do it! :o)