Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

I was craving some Mexican food and keeping to my desire to try to get more fish in my diet, I decided that fish tacos would be the perfect fix! Although battered and fried, crispy fish tacos are always good, I often like to keep things on the healthier side, so grilling the fish is the perfect alternative. White fish is often flaky when cooked which can make it difficult to grill but I find that tilapia generally holds up well so it is my fish of choice for grilled fish tacos.

Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

There are many different ways that you can season your fish for tacos but I always find myself coming back to the ever so simple chipotle and lime marinade. The lime keeps things nice and bright and fresh and chipotle adds both spicy heat and some smokiness to the fish which is really nice. Once you have slathered the marinade onto the fish, you can let it marinate at room temperature while you make the condiments for your tacos and by the time you are done you can throw the fish on the grill, remembering to be gentle with it when you turn it over. Depending on what you prefer, you can either shred the fish completely or you can just cut it into large chunks for your tacos.

Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

Besides the tortillas and the fish you can add whatever you desire to the tacos. Since I was keeping things on the lighter side I went with some shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, a cilantro infused sour cream and avocado with lime slices on the side. You could also add things like salsas, guacamole, refried beans or your favourite cheeses such as queso fresco, cheddar, jack, etc. No matter what you top these chipotle and lime fish tacos with, you will certainly enjoy them!

Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

These chili and lime fish tacos are a great light and healthy change from regular tacos.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 pound white fish such as tilapia, cod, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 (4 inch) corn tortillas
  1. Marinate the fish in the oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Grill the fish over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side. The fish will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
  3. Flake the fish and servive in tortillas garnished with your favourite toppings.

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Da & Mer said...

Delicioso!! una estupenda receta!
Saludos Da & Mer

vanillasugar said...

i am always in the mood for a good fish taco. They are hard to find around the northeast so i have to make my own. love love these kevin!

Mia said...

I adore fish tacos. Like you, I usually opt for grilled rather than fried fish. This is a must try. Looks great.

I'd be interested in checking out the link for the chili powder.

~Bee said...

I still have never made fish tacos. I feel like my first attempt will definitely be the crispy kind, but I'm sure having a good healthy version is beneficial to have :)

Twin Tables said...

I am seriously obsessed with fish tacos. I want them every day. That is what happens when you live by the ocean I think!

Suzanne said...

Yum, this dish sounds delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Gourmet tacos! That choice of filling is mouthwatering.



Jan said...

Kevin they look so good! Love the combo.

Raquel.Erecipe said...

I used to make fish tacos but most of the time i used tuna...and put lots of cheese and i will try this chipotle lime fish taco this weekend

Joanne said...

These sound like some fantastic tacos! Just bursting with chipotle lime flavor...which is a good thing!

Hungry as a bear said...

Mmmm...perfect summer food!

Dawn said...

We make fish tacos all the time but I like the addition of the chipotle. I'll have to try this next time. Your previous recipe looks wonderful too. I need to try that for breakfast.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Great idea for the warmer weather...

I love fish tacos!

Amy said...

I love fish tacos and like to try news ways to flavor this fish. I almost always use tilapia and grill it as well.

Anonymous said...

Where's the chipotle?

Anonymous said...

Just figured out what I'm making for dinner tonight!~Thanks :-)

Foodafok said...

Wonderful presentation.

Lindsay@Pinchofyum said...

This looks great! I love the color on the fish.

Marguerite said...

Hi Kevin! Great tacos and blog! Your recipes are FAB. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment.

carol-ine said...

ooh. looks good. putting it on my list of things to make this summer.

carol-ine said...

looks yummy. adding to my make during summer list!

Tanvi said...

These look great! I bet the flavors would transition nicely into a ceviche, as well.

Sandra said...

Looks great! You made me realize I haven't made fish tacos in a while and I love them. Tilapia is my choice too...or basa works well.


Recipe contests said...

I've never had a fish taco or something with chipotle on it that I didn't like. Combine the two together and I'm in heaven! In the past I've used tilapia or mahi mahi, which are both delicious. Great recipe.. I'll try it out next time my husband and I grill out.

Take care,

Sara said...

Made these for dinner last night - served with some pico de gallo, cheese, and sour cream. Homemade refried black beans on the side. Sooooo delicious. My partner kept saying over and over - "I love these. This is such a good recipe. These are amazing. We should have this again." Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

acketon said...

These were delicious. I can't grill at my apartment so I had to pan fry and sub some other chili powder & cayenne pepper for the chipotle powder that I was out of but they were delicious! Added some cabbage, sour cream, chopped cilantro, tomatoes and cheddar and served them with your lime & cilantro rice.

Ava said...

I adore these fish tacos! I knew I would because of the chipotle. It amazes me how many people have never had a fish taco! If you have not had one, try this recipe - you are sure to be a fish taco lover for sure!

Minnie@thelady8home said...

Hi Kevin,

Just wanted to let you know I posted about the grilled fish today here:

Great recipe, I really enjoyed it.

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