Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Fish Tacos in a Flash
When my husband and I lived in Phoenix as newlyweds 13 years ago, we developed a serious food crush on fish tacos. A Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill was a five-minute walk from our house, and we were regulars.
Last summer I bought a box of High Liner tortilla crusted tilapia at Costco, and when I tasted the chipotle and lime flavors of these yummy filets, I knew they'd be a delicious and super-easy way to achieve tasty, family-pleasing fish tacos at home. Yes, fish taco purists will raise their eyebrows at my Fish Tacos in a Flash. In a perfect world—which my kitchen on any given weeknight is decidedly not—fish tacos boast beer-battered chunks of mahi-mahi, shredded cabbage and avocado relish, and no shredded cheese. But just try serving a taco, fish or otherwise, in my house without shredded cheese. Go ahead. I dare you.
So here's my "recipe" for Fish Tacos in a Flash, so easy that you can crave fish tacos at 5:30 p.m. and have them on your table at 5:50 p.m. (Tip: I know from extensive personal experience that fish tacos go beautifully with Jackie's Ooh-Mama Margarita. Click here for the recipe!)
P.S. The tortilla crusted tilapia from Costco is also delicious chopped over a salad or between two toasted soft rolls with a dab of chipotle mayonnaise for an out-of-this-world fish sandwich.
Fish Tacos in a Flash
6 High Liner Tortilla Crusted Tilapia filets (or fish of your choice)
6 soft corn tortillas (flour tortillas are good too, just not as traditional)
2 green onions, diced (green and white parts)
1/2 can black beans
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cups shredded cabbage (or ice berg lettuce, in a pinch)
Fresh lime wedges
Bake filets per box instructions. Warm up tortillas per package instructions. Top each tortilla with a tilapia filet. Drizzle white sauce and garnish as desired. Squeeze a lime wedge over taco before eating.
**To make an easy fish taco white sauce, stir together about 2 tbsp plain yogurt, 2 tbsp mayo (I am loving Kraft mayo with olive oil, which has 1/2 the fat and calories of regular mayo), a few dashes of hot sauce, and a few squeezes of fresh lime.