Hi everyone. Who’s ready to enjoy some delicious Tilapia Tacos with some fresh Mango Salsa? Let’s dig in!
We are really big fans of tacos. Fish tacos might be our favorite. We love tilapia fish tacos and we really love these cod fish tacos with fish taco sauce. But we also love chipotle shrimp tacos and other kinds of tacos as well. Basically, we love all tacos and have a special fondness for fish tacos. But, it wasn’t always that way…
Kids and Tilapia Fish Tacos?
I think I went my whole childhood without appreciating good fish. This is a little weird for someone who grew up living on the water in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but if you told me in my childhood we were having Tilapia Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa for dinner I would have crinkled up nose, pursed my lips, and said “gross!”. Mind you, I wouldn’t even have known what Tilapia was. And I probably had never tried mango salsa. But, my brain would have processed the word “fish” and applied the universal kid rule of not liking something and that would have been that. It’s a challenge a lot of parents face. Irrational and unpredictable eating habits from their kids. I feel confident we always encouraged our kids to try and enjoy a variety of food and yet it seems some weeks they will agreeably eat almost nothing. Maybe this is just the universe’s way of putting parents through their paces. Although, aren’t there enough of these already?! You know what I’m talking about parents.
I’m not sure why I didn’t like fish as a kid. Because fish can be fishy? Maybe I just never had it prepared properly. Or maybe I never had fish prepared in a manner I liked. Or maybe I was just being a kid and putting my parents through their paces.
Needless to say, I’ve grown. Both in food experience and in adventurous food spirit. I’m not saying that Tilapia Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa are even an overly adventurous dish, but when you were a kid with tunnel food vision, it’s still a shift. One I’m glad to have mad. Tilapia is no longer a foreign word. I don’t crinkle up my nose if someone says the word “fish” in relation to mealtime. In fact, if I hear my wife say she is making Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa my only concern is trying not to knock over one of my kids as I rush to the table. Okay…sadly, they still crinkle up the nose at the word fish. We’ll keep working on them.
I could (and likely will) write a whole other post (or series of posts) on trying to get our kids to eat new things and be more adventurous eaters. But for now, it’s still a struggle we face like a lot of parents. It would be SO nice to not have to prep and prepare a separate meal for the kids! And I think this recipe fits nicely into the family friendly category. It checks off many of the important boxes: it’s quick, it’s easy to prepare, and it’s a healthy meal. But kids and fish…I guess it still has a higher success rate than Brussels Spouts. And for now, if the kids don’t eat them, it just means more tacos for me!
What do you like on your tacos?
When it comes to tacos there are a lot of options. You want something great for your main ingredient and you also want lots of great fresh toppings as well. So when we first started thinking about this taco recipe we thought it might be a good idea (and good fun) to scour the internet and see what kind of recipes and ideas were out there. Once again google delivers (it always does).
Below are just a few of the taco recipes we found that looked both interesting and delicious.
Baja Shrimp Tacos
Honey Lime Fish Tacos
Tequila Lime Baked Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Crema
Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce
Crispy Panko Fish Tacos
Paleo Fish Tacos
Oven Fried Korean Chicken Tacos
The winning combo for us: tilapia fish tacos with mango salsa
If you’re not hungry after reading the above list then maybe tacos aren’t your thing. We loved so many of the recipes and ideas we got from searching around the internet, but we decided we wanted to make fish tacos and pair them with a great mango salsa that we sometimes make.
We decided to use tilapia since it’s easy to find at the local market and it’s always good. I think it’s hard to go wrong with tacos anytime you use lots of fresh ingredients.
So here’s our recipe for Tilapia Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa.
- 2 tilapia fillets
- pinch of cumin
- pinch of chili powder
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- 4 tortillas
- 1 avocado
- Mixed greens (add amount to your liking)
- Cilantro (add amount to your liking)
- Mango salsa (add amount to your liking)
- Sprinkle fillets with spices.
- Cook in non stick skillet 3 minutes per side.
- Assemble Mango Salsa.
- Assemble on tortillas with desired toppings.