Chipotle Tilapia Fish Tacos

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These chipotle tilapia fish tacos are easy to make and packed with fresh flavor. The chipotle cilantro lime sauce is out of this world!

Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes | Marinade time 30 minutes | Total Time 55 minutes



  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 8-10 flour or corn tortillas


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper (optional)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Chipotle ranch dressing to taste


  • 1/4 red cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can of sweet corn drained
  • 2-3 scallions (green parts) chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine the fish and marinade ingredients in a large Zip-Loc bag and then place in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to three hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the chipotle cilanto lime ranch dressing if you haven’t already (recipe here).
  3. When you’re almost finished marinading the fish, pre-heat over to 350F and wrap your tacos in foil. You can warm them while you’re preparing the rest of the dish.
  4. Prepare the coleslaw by mixing your red cabbage, corn, scallions, lime juice, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Set aside.
  5. You can cook the tilapia a couple of different ways. I cooked mine on the BBQ (med. high heat, approx. 4 min. on each side), but it didn’t taste drastically different or better than just frying it for a few minutes on each side (depending on thickness). When the fish is ready, it should easily flake with a fork.
  6. Assemble tacos by adding the cabbage slaw, flaked fish, and chipotle dressing. Serve with extra lime wedges if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • You can increase the spice level by either making the chipotle ranch dressing spicier (add more adobo sauce/chilis) or by adding some chipotle chili pepper or chili powder to the tilapia marinade.

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