Playing with Fire, starring John Cena, is in theaters on November 8th! To kick off this fiery family comedy about a straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Tyler Mane) turn babysitters, I am sharing one of my favorite fiery and spicy recipes: Spicy Coctel de Camarones.  It’s the perfect, quick homemade dish to keep warm during this weather, and put together for those moments you have to cure hunger in minutes.

Playing with Fire-Inspired Spicy Coctel de Camarones Recipe

Coctel de Camarones is one of my favorite dishes my family and I have enjoyed during our many visits to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  It’s warm and spicy, light, yet filling. Plus, it is so simple to make and requires few ingredients. It is best enjoyed with crackers or tortillas.

Playing with fire inspired Spicy Coctel de Camarones Recipe

What You’ll Need to Make Spicy Coctel de Camarones

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp (tails on)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons Tepatío
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1 jalapeño diced (keep seeds if you want it spicy)

Playing with fire inspired Spicy coctel de camarones recipe Step-by-step


  1. Combine chopped tomato, onion, cucumber, ketchup, Tepatío, cilantro and lime to make a sort of salsa or “pico de gallo.” Put this mixture to the side.
  2. Boil cleaned, deveined shrimp in about 5 cups of boiling water until they turn pink and float to the top. Optional: add half an onion and 2 cloves of smashed garlic to the water for added flavor.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the pot, and save the shrimp “stock”.
  4. Place about 3-4 teaspoons of the “pico de gallo” in a bowl, top with shrimp, and about 1 ¼ of the stock.

***Optional – Garnish with avocado slices.***


About Playing with Fire

In the path of an encroaching wildfire, Jake Carson and the team, come to the rescue of three (3) siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery, and Finley Rose Slater). The team quickly realizes that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable.

Playing with Fire - Paramount Pictures and Paramount Players Present In Association with Walden Media A Broken Road Production “Playing With Fire” DIRECTED BY: Andy Fickman EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY:Mark Moran PRODUCED BY: Todd Garner, Sean Robins STORY BY:Dan Ewen SCREENPLAY BY:Dan Ewen and Matthew Lieberman STARRING: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haybert, Judy Greer

Note: This recipe was originally shared on Beauty and the Bump NYC March 2013.

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