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Chili Lime Shrimp Cups
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins

These easy and fun chili shrimp cups are the perfect game day appetizer for a crowd. The flavors are irresistible. Very easy to make and assemble.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: chili lime shrimp cups, shrimp cups
Servings: 32 shrimp cups
Author: Tania
Chili Lime Shrimp
  • 32 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for pan
Quick Guacamole
  • 4 medium avocados, peeled and pitted
  • Fresh lime juice to taste (about 1-2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, plus more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 32 tortilla scoops (Tostitos)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Crumbled queso fresco for garnish
  1. In a bowl, combine the shrimp, lime juice, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes to let it marinate.

  2. Meanwhile, make the guacamole: In a medium bowl, mash the avocado. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro to taste. Combine.

  3. Cook the shrimp: Heat some olive oil (1-2 tablespoons) in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook the shrimp about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Assemble the chili lime shrimp cups: Spoon some guacamole over each tortilla scoop. Top with a cooked shrimp each. Garnish with diced tomatoes, cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Shrimp cooks fast. 3-4 minutes per side should be enough.
  • You can also throw the shrimp on the grill. Use a grilling basket or place the shrimp on skewers.
  • Tip: Assemble the shrimp cups right before serving to prevent them from getting soggy.