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Shrimp Cups with Chili Lime Marinade
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Chili Lime Shrimp Cups

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Servings: 32 shrimp cups
Calories: 69kcal
Author: Tania


Chili Lime Shrimp

  • 32 large shrimp, peeled and deveined about 1 pound
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ 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
  • ¼ 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


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


  • 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.
Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only.


Serving: 1shrimp cup | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg