Chef Carlos Capistran is an amazing cook. I first met him in Akumal, Mexico where we prepared a culinary series together on the tropical beach front. Above you see us chowing down on his astoundingly delicious Shrimp Veracruz Cocktail.

What I adore about this recipe is the addition of some timely fresh vegetables. Our gardens are starting to produce tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and more in abundance – we need to get that bounty into our diet every day for healthier living.

Below is Chef Capistran’s recipe and a video you can watch we filmed on the beach so you can learn how to make it. Perfectly yummy!

Recipe – How To Make Shrimp Veracruz Cocktail


• Salsa or ketchup – 1 Cup
• Tomato juice – 2 Cups
• Extra virgin olive oil – 1/8 Cup
• Lemon juice – 1 1/8 Cup
• Tomato puree – 1 Cup
• Diced tomatoes – 1 Cup
• Chopped cilantro – 1/2 Cup
• Diced red onion – 1 Cup
• Shrimp, Cooked, Peeled, Chopped – Half Pound
• Avocado – 1/4
• Salt and Pepper to taste
• Tortilla Chips, Plantain Chips, or Saltine Crackers


1. In a large bowl mix the ketchup, tomato juice, lemon juice, and tomato puree.
2. Add the diced tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. Let rest for at least one hour.
3. Add shrimp and the rest of ingredients to the bowl. Mix well.
4. Looks lovely when served in a cold martini glass with a few slices of avocado resting on top.
5. Serve with the chips or crackers.