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.

Chipotle Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

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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  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined (size 51-60)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • juice of 1/2 of a lime, reserve other half for avocadoes
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 avocados, pitted and cubed
  • juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • 10 - 12 cherry tomatoes, or grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bag tortilla chip ‘scoops’


  • 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