Chili Shrimp Dip

Chili Shrimp Dip

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This Chili Shrimp Dip is a recipe from my college days that I recently revived. It’s quick and easy to put together and tastes wonderful. Serve with Frito corn chips.

Serve Shrimp Dip in a Pretty Serving Dip with a Garnish of Fresh Basil

When I made this shrimp dip earlier this summer, our daughters gave me a hard time about it’s lack of eye-appeal. I simply told them, you needed to put it in a pretty serving dish. So, Ta Da, here it is in my Posies Polish Pottery Serving Dish and Heart Tray. Everything looks better when served on Polish Pottery! Add fresh herbs as a garnish for a pop of green color for even more appeal.

No matter how pleasant to look at, our sons-in-law thought the dip was delicious and devoured it in no time. And that’s exactly what I remember about it from when I was a girl in college. Plus, it’s made from common ingredients most people have in their pantry or freezer. Shrimp, Cottage Cheese, and Chili Sauce or Taco Sauce. Easy Peasy!

 

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Ingredients for Chili Shrimp Dip

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • frozen cooked and cleaned x-small shrimp
  • small curd cottage cheese
  • chili sauce or taco sauce
  • minced sweet onion
  • lemon juice
  • heavy whipping cream, if needed

 

A Note About Ingredients

Garnish Shrimp Dip with Fresh Herbs for a Pop of Green

When shopping for frozen shrimp, you’ll want to buy cooked shrimp for this recipe. Also, extra-small or small shrimp will work best. I’ve even used tiny salad shrimp.

For best results and full flavor, buy small curd cottage cheese with at least 4% milkfat.

I’ve used both chili sauce and taco sauce–the kind that is not chunky. I’ve learned that chunky pieces of tomato make this dip look even less appetizing, so try to stay away from chunks. Chili sauce tends to give the dip a bit more sweetness than the taco sauce. Sometimes, I will even add a dash or two of Louisiana Hot Sauce, if I want a bit more spice.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives this dip added freshness, but you may also use bottled lemon juice, if necessary. Use the ingredients that you have.

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Place the extra-small shrimp in a glass bowl, and heat in microwave to defrost.

Squeeze the juice from one lemon.

Mince the sweet onion using a Chef’s knife and cutting board.

I’ve also used 2 tablespoons dried minced onion for this dip with good results. 

 

Prepare the Shrimp Dip

Mix Together Cottage Cheese, Onion, and Shrimp

Using a medium bowl, combine the extra small shrimp, small curd cottage cheese,  and minced sweet onion. Mix together until combined.

Stir in Chili Sauce and Lemon Juice

Stir in the chili sauce and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix to incorporate.

Cover and chill for 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

If Needed, Add Whipping Cream for Desired Consistency Before Serving

Before serving, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of whipping cream to achieve desired dipping consistency.

Serving Shrimp Dip and Chips in Polish Pottery Serving Dishes

Transfer dip to a pretty serving dish. Garnish with fresh herbs for a pop of green color. Serve cold with Frito Corn Chips Or Frito Scoops. This dip will make approximately 2 cups and will serve 4-6 people.

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Chili Shrimp Dip

This Chili Shrimp Dip is quick and easy to put together and tastes wonderful. Serve with Frito corn chips.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chili Sauce, Cottage Cheese, Extra Small Shrimp, Taco Sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 
 

  • 6 oz frozen cooked and cleaned x-small shrimp
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 5 tablespoons chili sauce or taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream as needed

Instructions

  • Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • Place the extra-small shrimp in a glass bowl, and heat in microwave to defrost.
  • Squeeze the juice from one lemon. 
  • Mince the sweet onion using a Chef's knife and cutting board. (I've also used 2 tablespoons dried minced onion for this dip with good results.) 

Prepare the Shrimp Dip

  • Using a medium bowl, combine the extra-small shrimp, small curd cottage cheese, and minced sweet onion. Mix together until combined.
  • Stir in the chili sauce and freshly squeezed lemon with a rubber spatula or large spoon. Mix to incorporate.
  • Cover and chill for 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Before serving, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of whipping cream to achieve desired dipping consistency. Transfer the dip to a pretty serving bowl. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
  • Serve cold with Frito Corn Chips Or Frito Scoops. This dip will make approximately 2 cups and will serve 4-6 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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