Sunday, September 11, 2011

Healthy Baja Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

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We finally had some good weather today.  The sun was shining. The skies were blue. The weather was in the mid 80's with a nice breeze. After days of rain I wanted to eat something bright, light and flavorful for dinner.  I bought some wonderful fresh cod and knew that it would be perfect for fish tacos.  I decided that I would steer away from the traditional batter fried fish taco and make it healthier by broiling the fish in a spicy marinade that included chipotle peppers.  I also topped the fish off with a chipotle flavored cream sauce.  What a perfect meal to end a sunny day.  

Ingredients for Fish:
1lb of firm white fish like Cod (cut into large cubes)
1/4 cup of canola oil
juice of 1 lime
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp cumin powder
2 cloves garlic
2-3 chipotle peppers for spicy version (1 for milder version)

Directions:  Put all ingredients (accept for the fish) in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Pour marinade over fish and allow to marinate for about 20 minutes in the fridge.


I sliced some grape tomatoes and sweet peppers and put them at the bottom of a baking dish.   Then topped it with the marinated fish. Pour any excess marinade over fish.  Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish is cooked and flaky.

 
To assemble the taco-  Heat tortillas in the microwave, oven or over a griddle.  Put some of the broiled peppers, tomatoes and fish.  Then add the Chipotle sauce and some shredded lettuce or shredded cabbage (traditional) for crunch.  Enjoy.

To make the Chipotle Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt (or strained regular yogurt)
1-2 chipotle peppers
2 Tbs of good quality mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
small squeeze of lime juice

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23 comments:

  1. Chipotle cream sauce, mmmmmm. Nothing can be bad if it has chipotle in it! Congrats on the sunny weather. I hope it sticks with you guys for a few days (or more). Happy Monday!

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  2. These tacos sound awesome, Ramona! Love fish tacos and your amazing chipotle cream sauce takes these to another level!

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  3. We love love love Tacos - however, I am not sure I would be able to get the man to try fish over mince. Looks fantastic though

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  4. Looks absolutely fantastic, I love fish tacos, they're so healthy and flavorful. Yours look great.

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  5. Oh, I love this! It's been quite awhiles since I've made homemade fish tacos and this is making me want to go out and buy some fish! Too bad I've got lots of schoolwork to do. However, fish tacos will be in my future :-) I love the marinating and broiling that you did here. Usually, I give my fish (even salmon) a lovely, potent spice rub and cook it off in the pan.

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  6. Perfect! I love the fish. I love the chipotle. I know I would love the taste.

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  7. This looks delicious! I bet everyone loved it! I'm glad you had some nice weather, too...

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  8. I've only recently fallen in love with fish tacos. Yours look amazing...especially with that chipotle mayo~

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  9. Sounds like some great spice! Loved how you used the Greek yogurt to make the Chipotle cream sauce.

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  10. Yum! I love chipotle, love tacos! I've done something similar on the grill too. Btw, I gave your blog an award! Check it out
    http://momdecuisine.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/mexi-monday-spicy-orange-churros/

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  11. I love fish tacos! That chipotle sauce sounds awesome!

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  12. That creamy chipotle sauce sounds amazing!

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  13. Ramona! I just love fish tacos! And I especially love cod. I'm glad to see the switch from the traditional batter fried cod. Topped with those beautiful peppers and the chipotle sauce sounds like a perfect pairing with other fish as well! Hope you have a great week! : )

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  14. wat a fantastic spread ...yummy n inviting..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  15. hi curry and comfort, wow, i really like this kind of food.. love the fish and ingredients baked with it. the sauce looks very tasty too..bookmarked with thanks

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  16. This was so delicious and pretty easy! The spicy heat almost killed us though - next time I'll just put some of the adobo sauce in, instead of the whole peppers :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it and gave it a try. :) I'm sorry about the spice level... I forget that most folks can't tolerate what my family and I can eat. I have adjusted my recipe so the heat level can be tailored to a person's taste. :) Thanks again for stopping by! ~ Ramona

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  17. I do not like a lot of heat but love fish tacos. Can I use adobo instead of the chipotle in the sauce also?

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    1. Hi Barb, you can skip the chipotle if you prefer..just use the adobo as the salt seasoning and black pepper for heat. The cumin garlic and lime will taste great all on it's own too. Hope you enjoy.

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