Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Let me just say…….this was an amazing meal!  The first time I made this my son Justin happened to come over. Earlier he had told me earlier that he loved fish tacos and wanted to have my dinner that evening!  lol.  Well, it wasn’t planned for him to join in but he showed up to pick up some raspberries and a birthday card and of course, since dinner was just ready, he had one.  I believe his reaction is just like mine.  Awesome.  Just totally awesome.  To think I turned my nose up at the thought of fish tacos for a long time!  Was I ever wrong!

A week or so ago Grumpy and I happened to catch Bobby Flay’s Throw Down show on Fish Tacos. Does Bobby ever win?? His food always looks awesome but many of the shows I have seen he doesn’t beat the person he is challenging!  On this show I learned that fish tacos are usually battered and fried fish and are usually served in corn tortillas.  Bobby’s opponent also would put the entire assembled taco in the deep fryer to crisp up the shell.  Oh how yummy and oh how fattening!  Bobby’s taco didn’t seem to bad either, although is wasn’t “traditional” – he grilled his fish.  His Roasted Habanaro Mango Hot Salsa really sounds amazing!

These fish tacos are more like the “traditional” one but not entirely.  They are more like the traditional only because the fish is beer battered and deep fried.  I used flour tortillas that I made myself (oh how easy they are to do!) and a spicy mango salsa.  The recipe is from Cooking Light and I adapted it some to fit our needs – which is reduce the recipe but upped the salsa and adjusted the amount of ingredients to our taste and went with Cod fish as that is Grumpy’s favorite firm white fish at the moment.  :).

Baja Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango Salsa
adapted from

2  cups  d iced peeled ripe mango
1/4  cup  finely chopped red onion
2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
1  tablespoon  chopped fresh cilantro
1  jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
 canola oil for frying
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2  cup  beer ( used Budweiser wheat beer)
3/4 teaspoons  freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  garlic powder
3/4  pound cod fillet, cut into small strips (about 1 fillet)
4 homemade flour tortillas

Mix mango, red onion, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeno pepper together.  Set aside.

Mix flour, pepper, salt and garlic powder together.  Add beer and whisk until blended.

Pour approximately 1-1/2 cups oil in small saucepan (about 4″ in diameter) (You can use a deep fryer but since I was not making a lot I opted for a smaller heavy aluminum saucepan)  Heat oil until 370 degrees. 

When oil is to temperature, dip fillets into batter and place in hot oil.  Cook3-4 minutes until fish is browned.  Remove from grease and drain on paper towel (It took me 3 batches of 3-4 pieces of fish before I was done because I did it so small.)

Assemble your taco – with fish and salsa.  Enjoy!  Oh if your Grumpy doesn’t like non traditional flavors with his fish, you can always give him tartar sauce and lettuce to eat in his fish taco.  ;o)  That is how I got Grumpy to eat them!  lol


  1. says

    i will try this sometime… but we don't deep fry around here (too dangerous!) and so I will likely pan fry seasoned fish chunks. or grill the fish (never tried that either) with peach salsa because I'm allergic to mango skins… but fish tacos are on my love-to-eat-out list and therefore on my learn-to-make-at-home list :)

  2. says

    I just bought a mango so I could make fish tacos with mango salsa…I love the flavor and texture of your tacos – the fish looks perfectly fried.

  3. says

    Can't believe Grumpy ate fish tacos! They look delicious.

    Fish tacos are one of my all time fave meals, but I could never persuade Hubby to eat one; although tartar sauce is a big draw at our house. 😉

  4. says

    These sound so good! I often have to offer alternative dressings and such so I can get certain people in our household to eat things, if I've made "non traditional" something or other.

  5. says

    These look amazing! I love fish tacos! I'm so impressed you made your own tortillas…I was just talking to Mom about making my own today and she thought I was crazy!

  6. says

    I LOVE fish tacos! Just never think to make them at home! lol! going to try them with grilled fish soon… the weather is starting to look promising for grilling!

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