Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Today you are all in for a special treat! Not only am I sharing this deliciously light fish taco recipe but I sharing with you a $800 cash giveaway! Keep reading for more details!

Before I married my husband, who is a San Diego native, I had never even heard of something called a “fish taco”. He introduced me to one up in Salt Lake on a visit once while we were dating. It was battered and deep-fried. Not what I was expecting and I wasn’t that big of a fan.

But one summer I came to San Diego to visit him (while we were dating) and he took me to a fish taco shop called Wahoos Fish Tacos. Maybe you have heard of them? Well, their tacos are SO good! They grill their fish, use a corn tortilla, and serve it with a lite bed of cabbage on top. Add a side of cilantro rice and black beans and I am one happy girl!

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Since then I have made fish tacos a staple on our monthly menus at our house! Now, make sure your not thinking something like a trout taco. That might not be very good. All the great ones have used either mahi mahi or tilapia as their fish of choice. Both of these fish don’t have a “fishy” flavor and take really nicely to any seasonings. Tilapia tends to be on the less expensive end of the fish market, which is always a plus for me!

Apple coleslaw might also sound a little different to you. Again, you can’t think about the traditional coleslaw with carrots, mayo and raisons. Ugh! I am not a fan! This recipe calls for crisp green apples, green cabbage, red onion, and a light vinaigrette to tie all the flavors together. Mmm! Much better!

And if the yummy taco with the fresh apple coleslaw wasn’t enough, I recently started adding this chipotle yogurt sauce to kick up the flavors a bit. You are going to love it!

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Here is how you can make it at home:

Season your tilapia with ground cumin, ground red pepper, garlic powder and salt. Let sit covered in the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes but can be marinated for up to 8 hours. (This is a great recipe to get ready in the morning and put together last minute for dinner)

To put together the coleslaw, in a medium bowl combine the apple, cabbage, cilantro and red onion. In a small bowl combine red wine vinegar, lime juice, garlic powder and salt. Mix sauce well, pour over apple and cabbage mixture and toss to combine.

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt SauceFish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Set this covered in the fridge for at least one hour. The longer it sits the more the cabbage and apple will soak up all the yummy flavors but don’t let it sit for more than 24 hours before serving. It might get a little dried out.

The sauce is super easy! Combine all ingredients in a blender. That’s it!

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt SauceFish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

The final things to do are heat up your tortillas and grill your fish. I like to do both out on the grill. If you choose to do the same thing, make sure to watch the tortillas closely. Sometimes I like to melt a little cheese on each tortilla. They only need about one minute on each side over medium heat. You will also grill your fish over a medium flame and only grill for about 4-6 minutes on each side. Only flip once! You will know the fish is ready to flip when the sides start to turn white. Each filet is usually enough to fill two tacos.

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Now layer up your taco and enjoy! This is such a fresh and light meal! You really don’t need anything else but it can’t hurt to cook up some rice and black beans to serve on the side.

Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

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Fish Tacos with Apple Coleslaw and a Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 4 tilapia filets
  2. 8 corn tortillas
  3. 2 tsp. ground cumin
  4. 1 tsp. ground red pepper
  5. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  6. ½ tsp. salt
  1. ½ green apple sliced into skinny sticks
  2. 2 cups shredded cabbage
  3. ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  4. ¼ cup sliced red onion
  5. 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  6. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  7. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  8. ¼ tsp. salt
  1. ¼ tsp salt
  2. 1 avocado (remove pit and skin)
  3. ½ cup plain greek yogurt (you can substitute mayo)
  4. ¼ cup cream cheese
  5. ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 Tbs. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  7. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  8. 3 Tbs. milk
  1. Start by seasoning your fish with the cumin, red pepper, garlic powder and salt. Let marinade in the fridge, covered, for at least 20 minutes but up to 8 hours.
  2. Make the coleslaw by combining in a medium bowl, apples, cabbage cilantro and red onion.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together red wine vinegar, lime juice, garlic powder and salt.
  4. Lightly toss vinaigrette with apple coleslaw. Let chill for 1-24 hours.
  5. To prepare the sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender. Easy!
  6. Grill your fish on medium heat on your bbq. Only about 4-6 minutes on each side.
  7. Heat tortillas on grill as well. About one minute on each side.
  8. Now you’re ready to layer up your taco and enjoy!
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Note: This giveaway doesn’t start until 3pm PST today (03/20/2015) so make sure to come back later if you’re a little early!


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  • Fox
    March 20, 2015 at 3:57 am

    I have only tried fish tacos once before and honestly I wasn’t impressed, but after reading this recipe… I might be able to be converted. This sounds like it has a lot going on, but not in a bad way! I’m excited to try it out.

    …Assuming I can convince my boyfriend.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      It is worth a try! Like I said, my first experience with fish tacos was not a win at all! But once I had this recipe I am in love! Let me know if you try this recipe out and how you like it!

  • TheFrugalChicken.com
    March 20, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’m saving this one! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for a while, I’ll be making it tonight!

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Did you get to try it out? I am excited to hear how you liked it! Let me know!

  • Myrabev
    March 20, 2015 at 4:19 am

    This looks delicious but not sure if I would personally like that coleslaw.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      You just might like it Myrabev! If you like coleslaw you will like it, if you don’t like traditional coleslaw, you will probably still really love it! Try it out and let me know what you think! @penniesintopearls Facebook or Twitter

  • twitchetts.blogspot.com
    March 20, 2015 at 5:19 am

    These look amazing!! We do fish tacos from time to time, but have never added apple in the slaw. That sounds amazing! Pinning to try this one out soon!!

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      The apple slaw really adds a different level of flavor! Let me know how you like it once you try it out!

  • Sarah Koontz {Grounded & Surrounded}
    March 20, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Ok, so it is a well known fact that I am not a huge fan of fish. I am learning to love it, but OMG this recipe has my mouth watering and it is 6:30 AM! I just sent it to Sammi and told her that we need to make these together SOON! Way to go with your first giveaway, I hope it is a great experience for you.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Haha! Who says you can’t eat fish at 6:30 in the morning? (maybe me!) But definitely a great lunch on dinner meal for sure! You have to try them out! If you aren’t into fish I would make sure to us tilapia. Not fishy at all! Thanks for stopping in Sarah!

  • Rowan
    March 20, 2015 at 5:46 am

    MEGA yum! That looks so good

  • Heather
    March 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Great recipe. I am always looking for new, healthy, frugal, real food recipes. This looks DELICIOUS!! Can’t wait to share it. LOVE all the pictures.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you SO much Heather! I am sure you will love this recipe! Some people are a little hesitant when they hear “fish taco” but don’t put it off until you try it! You will become a believer!

  • Sharon - Her Organized Chaos
    March 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I am coming back for this giveaway!!! I LOVE fish tacos btw, but I can be very picky about it. The apple coleslaw sounds so wonderful.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks for stopping in Sharon! Make sure to come back to enter! We actually have two giveaways going on right now so don’t miss out!

  • Alaina Frederick
    March 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

    This looks delicious. I’ve made some fish taco-like meals for my toddler and I, but this I bet I could get rest of the kids to participate in helping make and then eating.

    Beautiful images of the food!!

  • Angie
    March 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    These look so fresh and delicious! I’m coming back to enter that giveaway Fo Sho!!

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Angie! They are perfect for a nice spring recipe! Don’t forget about the giveaway! We actually have two going on today so make sure to enter both!