Monday, January 10, 2011

Not Your Average Fish Taco

Alright, if you happen to be the adventurous food type and do not hold a hatred for seafood.. then this blog is for you.  Have you ever tried a fish taco?

I know many people that feel as though food doesn't need to be messed with and certain foods just don't go together.  I disagree with that statement.  German potato salad mixed with taco sauce does not work well together, pickles and ice cream do not work well together (unless you're feeding for 2).  Personally, I think that putting a fish fillet into a tortilla shell is an absolute genius idea.  I've even tried Shrimp Tacos... I recommend that as well.

Well, as promised.. here's my version of a fish taco that I hope you will love.

Chipotle Tilapia Taco's
- 3 to 4 tilapia fillets
- 1/2 cup of rice (I used jasmine rice because prefer the flavor but you can use what ever you have on hand)
- 1 TBSP of Red & Green Bell Pepper - minced
- 1/2 of a medium onion - sliced
- 1 TBSP of Galena Street Rub (or 1/4 tbsp Cayenne pepper and 1/2 tbsp paprika)
- 1 tomato - diced
- Shredded lettuce
- Flour tortillas (amount depending on how many people you are feeding - Fajita size tortillas are best)
- Kraft Chipotle Mayo - desired amount applied to the taco
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Shredded Cheese (use what ever your preference - I recommend an easy melting cheese)

In a baking dish, layer the tilapia fillets over the top of a bed of sliced onions (this will roast the onion, take away the crunch and make it sweet).  Sprinkle the Galena Street Rub to the fish - add salt and pepper.  Bake at 425 for 15 - 20 minutes.  In a medium sauce pan, steam the rice - half way through the cooking.. add the red and green diced bell pepper (hint: Penzey's Spices has dried bell pepper that plump when cooked.. it's so much easier).  When the tilapia is done baking.. take 2 forks and pull in opposite direction of each other to shred the fish.  Add the rice to the pan or to a separate bowl with the fish.  Combine.

Spread a thin layer of the Kraft Chipotle Mayo to a warmed flour tortilla.  Using the mayo was my quick and easy way of adding a kick of flavor to the tacos.  Over the mayo, add a layer of the fish and rice mixture.  Add what ever toppings you would like... tomato, lettuce, cheese.   Serve and enjoy!  

This is the fish and rice combination.

Ready to eat!

As I said in my previous blog post, if you are not a fan of fish or seafood... then go ahead and skip reading this.  We all have different preferences and I like to eat and create unique dishes.  But I promise you that if you enjoy eating baked fish AND if you like eating regular tacos... then it is very possible that you will enjoy this dish.  Keep an open mind and give it a try.  :)

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