The difference between ceviche and a Mexican shrimp cocktail lies in the ingredients. Typically, ceviche consists of fresh raw fish mixed in spices, citrus juices, and chopped vegetables or peppers. It is often served beside side dishes such as vegetables, avocado, or plantains. Mexican shrimp cocktails, on the other hand, pour spiced tomato sauce over just shrimp and top it with goods such as cucumber, lime, jalapeño, and avocado. It can be eaten on its own or with tortilla chips. Of course, here at Chowhound, we love experimenting with our food, and many delicious variations of both dishes exist to blur the distinctions between the two.Here are seven Mexican cocktail and ceviche recipes to get your Taco Tuesdays and margarita nights going:

1. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

This recipe uses poached shrimp tossed with cucumber, onion, and avocado in a sauce made from blistered tomatoes, lime juice, and garlic. We highly recommend for first-timers. See our Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe.

2. Classic Shrimp Cocktail

While we love a good Mexican shrimp cocktail, you can’t go wrong with a simple, classic shrimp cocktail recipe using horseradish cocktail sauce for dipping. See our easy Shrimp Cocktail recipe.

3. Spicy Sriracha Ceviche

Spice things up with a spicy ceviche recipe using fresh scallops, tilapia, and halibut cure in lime juice. The mixture is tossed with corn, cucumber, tomato, and onion. See our Spicy Sriracha Ceviche recipe.

4. Green Halibut Ceviche

We love this healthy halibut ceviche recipe which uses raw tomatillos, avocado, a jalapeño pepper, green olives, onion, and cilantro. We recommend serving with blue chips, as pictured. See our Green Halibut Ceviche recipe.

5. Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon

This fresh halibut ceviche recipe—using tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, watermelon, and cilantro—is perfect for a summertime cookout or picnic. See our Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon recipe.

6. Ceviche Tostadas

Tostadas are one of the best vehicles for a good ceviche recipe. Here, we use sea scallops and red snapper fillets, but any sustainable mild white fish or shellfish will work well. See our Ceviche Tostadas recipe.

7. West African Shrimp Ceviche

This West African shrimp ceviche with fresh ginger, cilantro, and lime uses homemade sweet potato chips for serving. It’s a refreshing and inventive starter or light meal. See our West African Shrimp Ceviche recipe.

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