I am ab-so-lutely in LOVE with Mexican food. It is one of my favorites!
There’s been just one little problem. Taco’s, one of the simplest go-to meals in our house, have been getting a little boring lately. I decided to freshen it up a bit and branch out…but only slightly.
My answer to this was easy… FISH Tacos. But not just any fish tacos; Super-Easy Delicious Fish Tacos! Fish tacos so good, that they would make Dora-Dora-Dora the Explorer grab her little back-pack and head on over to our house to join us for dinner.
I started out making a fresh salsa. I DESPISE jarred salsa…it just isn’t good. So a fresh, colorful, tasty salsa HAD to be a part of my fiesta. Luckily, we had a ton of tomatoes from the garden, so it couldn’t have been more perfect.
In my pitiful little food chopper I combined tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, salt, and garlic powder. Obvi, my chopper is due for replacement; I had to chop some of the ingredients (1/2 of the tomato and the onion) in phases and then combine all together in a bowl. But sometimes, you just gotta work with what cha got. So, until my dream comes true of a 5-cup beautiful stainless steel food processor, with all of the cool attachments that I imagine comes with it, you get to see pictures of my pitiful little cracked food chopper.
After the salsa was combined it looked TOTALLY de-lish!
Especially accompanied with some chips, for dipping.
Bethany Frankel would be disappointed in me – snacking while cooking is not a “Naturally Thin Rule,” but honestly, who could resist? …I think I polished off the whole plate as the preparation progressed.
Next it was time for the Guac. Yummm…I drool just thinking about guac. It might be my all-time-favorite snack!
In my guac, I put chunks of avocado, chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, lime juice, kosher salt and a few dashes of garlic powder.
All of those delicious fresh ingredients then get “mashed” together…and taste-tested to make sure nothing is poisonous.
Now that all of the cold prep items are done and waiting. It is time to move onto the fish. I considered cooking the fish a number of different ways; baked, broiled, grilled. But I ultimately decided to pan fry the fish. My Aunt had done it this way before and it was amazing.
I took tilapia filets (that were on sale at Publix) and spread them out on a plate. My next step was to pour yellow cornmeal all over them and lightly cover them on both sides with the cornmeal.
I didn’t dredge the fish in egg or milk before the cornmeal step, and it worked out just fine…also saved just a few small calories.
Next I cooked the fish in hot canola oil.
While the fish cooked, I set out all of the toppings and threw together a special spiced sour cream topping to go on the tacos.
I took sour cream, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and mixed it all together. I call it- Spiced Sour Cream….I made that up, but it sounds pretty good; and it was!
I then prepared some refried black beans. I cheated here and bought a package from Publix. Not a cheapo package, but an all natural, no preservatives, healthy one. Took all of 5 minutes to prepare and was so good.
I look the last filet of fish out of the oil and started assembling the tacos.
FIESTA!! Every taste bud in my mouth was shaking a beat to imaginary maracas.
I will be making these again, for sure! They were a big hit at the house. They were even deemed, “Will Approved.” He ate a whole one.
Apparently, Will scarfed the taco so fast, that I only was able to catch a picture of him with his dessert…a hot chocolate chip cookie that he helped bake.