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Crispy Tilapia Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema

Crispy Tilapia Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema
Crispy Tilapia Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema

Crispy Tilapia Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema

The creamy, crispy nature of every bite may create an addiction to these tacos!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Tacos


  • 2 pounds tilapia (or another white fish of your choice)
  • 8 tortillas Corn tortillas, flour tortillas, or taco shells
  • 1 cup cornstarch divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup fresh crema or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp chipotle sauce
  • 2 tbsp squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup beer I prefer a good lager
  • Canola oil one-third of the thickness of the fish in the pan
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 cup green cabbage
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • Lime wedges for serving and spritzing


  • Cut each tilapia filet in half
  • Set the filets in the refrigerator on a clean tray which is covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil
  • In a medium-sized bowl, take half of the corn starch and half of the baking powder flour, and whisk to blend
  • Remove the fish from the refrigerator and dip each filet in the flour mixture
  • Return the coated tilapia to the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Prepare the Chipotle crema by mixing the mayonnaise with the cream, blend in the Chipotle sauce, and add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lime juice. Blend together well
  • Heat the canola or neutral oil in a deep skillet
  • Combine the other half of the cornstarch, flour, and baking powder mixing well
  • Add in the lager and stir until smooth
  • Carefully place each filet in the hot oil. Do not crowd the skillet
  • Fry the fish until they are golden brown, this should be about 5 minutes. Continue until all of the fish are fried
  • Drain excess fat off by placing it on paper towels to drain
  • In a medium bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, along with the cilantro
  • Use a small amount of the Chipotle crema that you made to stir the cabbage together
  • In a warm tortilla, place one or two of the filets in the center, and top the filets with some of the cabbage slaws
  • Add dollops of the Chipotle crema on top of the slaw
  • Enjoy!
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