Super-Easy Delicious Fish Tacos

 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.

A base of black beans, topped with shredded cheddar, hot crispy fish chunks, chunky guacamole, a dab of spiced sour cream, and then a topping of fresh salsa!

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.

Of course, there isn’t much that isn’t “Will Approved.” I love that my child isn’t a picky eater.

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.

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