Chipotle Grilled Fish Tacos with Tequila-Lime Slaw and Avocado Crema

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For the Fish

  • 2 pounds sustainable firm, white-fleshed fish, such as mahi mahi, cod or halibut
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cumin smoked paprika and coriander
  • Chipotles in adobo with their sauce anywhere from 4 for moderate heat to 1 whole 7-ounce can for extra-spicy
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon honey or light agave
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 inch ginger root grated
  • Natural olive or vegetable oil spray for grill
  • 12 corn tortillas

For the slaw:

  • 2 shots silver or gold tequila
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey light agave or super-fine sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 head white or red cabbage very thinly shredded
  • 1/2 red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cilantro leaves or parsley tops chop

For the creama:

  • 1 cup crema or sour cream
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado pitted and peeled
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  • Season the fish with cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. In a food processor, purée chipotle in adobo with lime zest and juice, honey or light agave, oil, garlic and ginger. Pour over fish to coat.
  • Preheat grill, griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • For slaw, whisk up tequila, lime juice, vinegar, honey or agave or sugar, oil, salt, pepper and celery seed. Combine cabbage, onions and cilantro or parsley in a mixing bowl then pour dressing over and toss to coat.
  • Rinse out processor and add crema or sour cream, avocado, lime juice, salt and cumin; process until smooth.
  • Spray grill, griddle or skillet with cooking spray and cook fish to opaque and browned, about 6-7 minutes, occasionally turning gently with a fish spatula.
  • Char tortillas over open flame, on grill or in dry skillet over high heat. Break fish into chunks. Assemble tacos with fish, slaw, crema and toppings of choice.

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