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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

2 pounds unpeeled, large fresh shrimp 6 cups water 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup minced sweet onion 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 ripe avocado – peeled, pitted and chopped Directions: Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Bring 6 cups water and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan; add shrimp. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain shrimp, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Stir together reserved liquid, ketchup, and next 3 ingredients. Stir in shrimp, tomato, and cilantro. Chill. Serve with lime wedges, and saltines, if desired.

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