Grilled Tex-Mex Fish Tacos


These grilled tacos combine two of our favorite foods, fish and Tex-Mex. They remind us of living on the Texas Gulf Coast. Now that we live in Colorado I have to make all our favorite seafood and Mexican dishes to our liking! Serve with creamy slaw and add avocado slices or any favorite taco toppings.

Grilled Tex-Mex Fish Tacos
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
12 tacos


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

  • 1 ½ pounds tilapia fillets

Chipotle Spread:

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed


  1. Mix 1/4 cup olive oil, chili powder, Mexican oregano, cumin, chipotle powder, salt, coriander, lime zest, and lime juice together in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Add tilapia and toss gently until well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, chipotle in adobo, and cumin for spread in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Coat a grill basket with 2 tablespoons olive oil; place fish into the prepared basket.

  4. Cook the fish on the preheated grill just until it flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes.

  5. Serve on warm tortillas with chipotle spread.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any mild white fish--tilapia, cod, sole, etc. You may also substitute shrimp.

You can use 1 finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce instead of 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder. For the spread, you can use 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder instead of chipotle peppers in adobo.

You can use light sour cream instead of plain yogurt, and flour tortillas instead of corn, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

444 Calories
24g Fat
30g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 739mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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