The next time you crave something spicy and a little different, try making this chipotle shrimp appetizer. You’ll need to set aside time for the shrimp to marinate but once they’re ready, they only take a few minutes to cook.

Chipotle is a smoked and dried jalapeno pepper that envelops the shrimp with a spicy taste tempered only by cool avocados, lime juice and cherry tomatoes. Assemble on tortilla chip scoops that are easy to hold, and you won’t spill a drop of this delicious hors d’oeuvre.

If your local grocery’s had a run on these scoops, use flat round tortilla chips for a mini tostada! Whether making them just for your family or feeding a crowd, you’ll have more than enough to go around.

A batch of delicious chipotle shrimp, a great appetizer.

Chipotle Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

Enjoy the unique combo of spice and smoky flavor with this chipotle shrimp appetizer. Marinate, cook a few minutes then assemble on tortilla chips!


Yield: 25 -30 servings
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  • Mix olive oil, chili powder, salt, garlic powder and brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl until completely combined. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp then stir to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1−4 hours.
  • After shrimp has marinated for at least 1 hour, remove from the fridge and drain any excess liquid from the bowl.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil to the pan. When oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp and cook just until it is cooked through—this’ll take about 1−2 minutes per side, depending on the size of the shrimp.
  • When the shrimp is cooked through, transfer it to a medium-sized mixing bowl and squeeze the juice of ½ a lime over the top. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro, stir to combine then set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together avocado, lime juice and tomatoes then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place approximately 2 tsp of the avocado mixture into each tortilla chip ‘scoop’ and top with a chipotle lime shrimp. Serve immediately and enjoy!


This recipe is also excellent wrapped up in a flour tortilla!
Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 128mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
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Chipotle Shrimp Appetizer Recipe