San Diego Recipes

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San Diego Grilled Chicken

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This is a Southern California version of sweet and sour chicken, marinated and grilled with a little extra spice. Great for all barbeque lovers. I usually serve cut into lengths with fresh cilantro, homemade salsa, guacamole, black beans, and flour tortillas warmed on the grill. A little good Southern California karma never hurts anyone. This recipe is light enough to offset the first 2 margaritas. GO CHARGERS!!!

Baja-Style Fish Tacos

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These fish tacos have a delicious tequila-lime-chili flavor and are topped with a crunchy ranchero coleslaw. They are very easy to make. Optional toppings can include black beans, jalapeno peppers, diced tomato, julienned carrots, and green onions.

My Mom's Baja Burger

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This isn't your average burger. It's a burger made Baja-style! No grill? No worries! This burger is made in a skillet and is easy to make! My mom made this when we were young. It's a burger creation made with corn chips and spices served up on French bread.

Fish Tacos

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I'm from San Diego and these taste just like home! We live in the south now, and nobody has heard of these! Serve with homemade pico de gallo, and lime wedges to squeeze on top!

Fish Taco Sauce

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I use this sauce for my fish tacos. You can make this ahead and keep in the fridge. You can substitute any hot sauce for the sriracha.

Fiery Fish Tacos with Crunchy Corn Salsa

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Spicy grilled fish are cooled down with a fresh crunchy veggie salsa featuring fresh corn. Your guests will swim back for seconds!

Authentic Baja-Mexican Street Tacos (Carne Asada)

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On weekend getaways from San Diego to the beaches in Ensenada and Rosarito (Baja California), I found my favorite meal in the delicious soft skirt steak tacos sold by the taqueria street vendors. This recipe tastes exactly how I remember them - without having to make the trip across the border. Muy bueno! Top with some freshly squeezed lime juice and spicy salsa if you like.

Air Fryer Crispy Fish Tacos with Slaw

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Unlike most fish taco recipes, the slaw in this recipe is air-fried instead of raw creating a caramelized version which leaves the fish to be the crispy star of the show.

Fish Tacos with Honey-Cumin Cilantro Slaw and Chipotle Mayo

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I loved a local chain restaurant's fish tacos so much, that I had to try to duplicate them. They combine flour tortillas filled with breaded, fried tilapia, layered with chipotle mayo, topped with napa cabbage, dressed with honey-cumin sauce, and served with pico de gallo, sour cream, chips and salsa. You'll find them very refreshing and packed full of flavor!

Healthy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

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A very healthy and Hawaiian-style fish taco. For a heartier taco add some coleslaw on top of the mango salsa. If you don't have Mahi-Mahi, substitute any firm, thick white fish.

Fish Tacos Ultimo

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After many attempts and many combinations of ingredients these fish tacos are ULTIMO!

Easy Fish Tacos with Mango-Pineapple Slaw

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I used to make these all the time in California and they are so easy and fresh! You can also omit the mayonnaise and increase the red vinegar to reduce calories. All in all, these are a great main dish for any time of year! We usually serve them with fat-free refried beans topped with cilantro and goat cheese, or a cold corn salad with chopped bell pepper and onion.

Inspiration and Ideas

Maui Banana Cream Tube Cake

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This cake was created for Reds Espresso Gallery of San Diego, in the Maui test kitchen on Puunoa! It was first made with bananas from the back yard...yummy!

Swai Fish Tacos

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Fantastic new recipe we discovered when we were looking for a way to use some swai we found on sale at the market. The fish is sturdy enough to hold up to sauteeing and really absorbs the flavors perfectly for a great fish taco!

Best Fish Tacos

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Fast and easy, delicious fish tacos -- simply the best! When I have extra time, I like to add just a little cilantro, red onion, tomato, and avocado on top of mine with the lettuce, tomato, and crema!