Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

These spicy avocado and chipotle shrimp tostadas with cilantro crema are the perfect game day recipe! This easy to make and healthy, low-calorie Mexican recipe is filled with flavor and just the right amount of heat.

Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

The combination of the fresh guacamole with the spiciness of the chipotle shrimp over a crunchy tortilla is amazing. I really like that these tostadas are easy to eat which makes them a perfect appetizer for entertaining. 

I am a huge fan of tostadas. They are one of my favorite Mexican dishes. I really love that they are so versatile. You can pretty much put anything on them! I always like to start with a layer of something soft like avocado, refried black beans or salsa and then pile other ingredients on top. 

Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

When I make tostadas I usually top them with chicken or pork, sometimes even beef. Since I was having company over to watch a game I wanted to make something a bit different. I decided to use shrimp instead of chicken. This chipotle shrimp tostada recipe not only came out great but it was easier to make because the shrimp cook so fast!

Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

Are tostadas a traditional Mexican food?

Tostadas are a traditional dish in Mexico but also in other Latin American countries. For this recipe I got inspired in the tostadas I used to eat back in Guatemala. Guatemalan tostadas are simpler than Mexican tostadas. They are usually made with guacamole, salsa or black beans and sprinkled with queso and cilantro. In contrast, traditional Mexican tostadas start off with a base of guacamole or black beans and then are piled high with chicken or pork and lots of other ingredients. 

Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

What are the ingredients for chipotle shrimp tostadas?

To make these chipotle shrimp tostadas I started off with crunchy tortilla tostadas. Next, I added the mashed avocado or guacamole. To complete the recipe I added some other ingredients like red cabbage and red onions. To finish them I drizzled the cilantro-lime crema and garnished with fresh cilantro. 

Can I make a non-spicy version of this recipe?

You can control the heat by adding more or less chipotle to your shrimp. My kids don’t like spicy food. Because of this, I reduce the amount of chipotle pepper when I make this for them. However, the flavor of the shrimp is still great without the chipotle so feel free to make these without chipotle! Another way to make these less spicy is to omit the chipotle from the cilantro-lime crema. 

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Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Spicy Cilantro Lime Crema

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 tortilla tostadas
  • 3 avocados, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco or other crumbly cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of chipotle adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic


  1. For the chipotle shrimp:
  2. Mix together the garlic, chipotle peppers, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, paprika, cumin, coriander, kosher salt and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Marinate for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  5. In non-stick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and cooked through, tossing once halfway through cooking, about 3 minutes.
  7. For the Spicy Cilantro Lime Crema:
  8. In a bowl whisk together all ingredients while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  9. To assemble the tostadas:
  10. Smash the avocados, add the red onion, lime juice and salt and peper to taste.
  11. Spread a layer of guacamole on the tostadas.
  12. Put a layer of layer cabbage and top with the chipotle shrimp.
  13. Drizzle with the spicy cilantro line crema
  14. Sprinkle with queso fresco or other crumbly cheese.
  15. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1158mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 9gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g
Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

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12 thoughts on “Avocado And Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema”

  1. These Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas look amazing! They are exactly the kind of flavors I love to enjoy with my family! #client

  2. Qué delicia estas tostadas Cesar. Gracias por la receta, te cuento que en casa también consumimos Nexium ya que tanto mi esposo como yo sufrimos cuando comemos comidas pesadas o fritas. Es como que uno come más en buena compañía, lo que te debe suceder cuando te juntas con tu padre a ver las carrera. Nice post!


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