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Tilapia Tacos

Blackened Tilapia Taco Recipe

Posted 4 years ago by Lori Scholle

Southwestern style foods are a summertime favorite in our house.  Southwestern food can sometimes be full of fatty meats, lots of cheese and sour cream which can add up in calories pretty quickly.  This Blackened Tilapia Taco Recipe satisfies that craving for southwestern style food in  a healthy way!  Do not let the word blackened prevent you from feeding this to your kids – just omit or reduce the amount of red pepper in the spice mix and it is kid friendly!  Serve with whole grain tortilla chips and salsa and some sliced watermelon for an easy summer time meal that involves very little time in the kitchen working over a hot stove!


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1/2 ripe peeled avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 lime wedges


1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine paprika and next 6 ingredients (through ground red pepper); sprinkle evenly over fish. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet and broil 6-8 minutes until desired degree of doneness.

3. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish and avocado evenly among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges.

Tips and Short-Cuts

1. Premix the spices earlier in the day to save time.

2. Omit the red pepper if you do not care for heat.

3. You can substitute flour tortillas if you like.

4. Top with sour cream and salsa if desired.


Source:  Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Photo courtesy of Cooking Light