Simply Healthy Family: The Best Grilled Fish Tacos on Home Made Blue Corn Tortillas with Mango Salsa, Cumin & Garlic Black Beans and a Healthy and Simple Cinco de Mayo Roundup.

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The Best Grilled Fish Tacos on Home Made Blue Corn Tortillas with Mango Salsa, Cumin & Garlic Black Beans and a Healthy and Simple Cinco de Mayo Roundup.




I've lived in the Southwest most of my 30 errrr  something years. Mexico has a big influence here in the Valley of the Sun. Mexican food, style, culture and architecture are all prevalent here in the Phoenix area.


One thing I've never really understood is where the celebration of Cinco de Mayo comes from and why we celebrate it here in the States. I have many friends from Mexico or with strong Mexican roots and not a one of them have ever celebrated Cinco de Mayo. "Sure" they say, "We will hang out and have a cervesa but it's not a holiday in our book."  Part of this was said in Spanish so I'm guessing that's what they said. 












Nevertheless, it is a very good excuse to make some really good food (my favorite cuisine!) and sit out on the patio with an ice cold beverage with friends and family. 



Tonight I'm making grilled fish tacos with fresh mango-jalapeno salsa on top of home made sweet blue corn tortillas and a side of cumin and garlic black beans (not from a can) tonight for dinner. Well, my husband is doing the grilling because I've been officially banned from with in 10 feet of the ol' BBQ since the unfortunate fire the other day. See the end result on Instagram if you're there. It's not pretty.


Fine by me. It's in the triple digits out there!




Fish:

2-3 pieces fresh Tilapia fillets 

2 juicy limes

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin (eye it)

1 teaspoon chili powder (eye it)

1 teaspoon garlic powder (eye it)  


Heat your outdoor grill on medium-high. 

In a large zip lock bag place fish and all ingredients. Zip bag closed, toss to coat fish. Let sit on counter for 15 minutes.  

Place fish in a fish grill basket, discard remaining juice and bag. Grill on medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes. Flip the basket over or, using tongs, flip fish. Cook an additional 5-6 minutes until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Remove from heat.











Blue Corn Tortillas:

1 1/2 cups blue corn flour

1 cup spelt flour (can sub w regular, unbleached flour)

1 cup hot water

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon salt


Mix flours and salt. Add water and oil, stir to combine. Let sit aside for 20 minutes to let the ingredients incorporate. Then you will be able to tell if it need more flour or water, a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be thick and not too sticky.  

On a lightly floured surface, take small hand fulls of dough and make into a ball. Using a tortilla press, place a small square of parchment paper on the bottom side and ball of dough on top of paper. Place another small square of parchment paper on top of dough. Press firmly down on tortilla press.  I like to roll out my tortillas even thinner with a rolling pin. The tortilla press helps ensure even, uncracked tortillas.



Place tortillas one at a time onto pre-heated cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. NO OIL! 

Cook for 1 minute on first side and 30-60 seconds on other side. If your tortillas are thick you may need to cook a bit longer. 

Remove from heat and place on a towel covered plate. Place tortillas in a tortilla keeper or keep them covered with another towel until ready to eat. 





Blue cornmeal has 20% more protein and a lower glycemic index than regular cornmeal.






Spelt Flour
Spelt (Triticum Aestivum Spelt) is a shiny, dark rice shaped grain related to wheat. Spelt flour contains less gluten than normal wheat flour but it is not gluten-free. 
Substituting Spelt Flour for All-purpose Flour:Many recipes will tolerate a cup for cup substitute. As with most substitutes the end result will not be the same and you may need to experiment with quantities to get a product you are happy with.



Spelt has a nice flavor, rather sweet, and is worth trying. I've only ever tried whole grain spelt. It is less springy than wheat (less strong gluten). In a yeasted bread, spelt uses less water than wheat,
















Mango Salsa


This salsa is a huge favorite of ours. It is best when made the day before and chilled overnight 
or at least 6 hours.


4 ripe mango's
1 large jalapeño
4 small sweet peppers
1/2 red onion, minced
small handful cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Peel mango's and cut flesh away from pit. Dice into small cubes. Place in large bowl.
Carefully cut jalapeño down center and using a knife cut out seeds and white veins taking care not to touch them.
Turn jalapeño over cut side down and mince into small pieces. Throw into bowl with mango.
Add minced onion, cilantro, salt, vinegar and spices. Toss to combine.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.









2 cups dry black beans

3-5 cups water depending on your cooking method

1 yellow onion, diced

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons salt

Soak beans overnight.

I typically use my Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker to cook all of my beans, it's my favorite kitchen toy!  I brown my onion over medium-high heat, add soaked and drained beans and 3 cups water. Turn the heat up to high and bring pressure to second ring. Lower heat to low. Cook for 12 minutes (YUP THAT'S it!) and remove from heat letting pressure drop naturally. 

Slow cooker method: Brown onions in pan add beans, 5 cups water and remaining ingredients. Cook on lowest setting for 8 hours.







Mexican Food Roundup
all from Simply Healthy Family




Typically, tamales, tostadas, tacos, nachos and enchiladas all smothered with cheeses and sour cream are served up the Mexican-American way. It's how we ruin a good thing. It kills me a little each time I see canned cheese served in a Mexican/American restaurant.  Gag!  


For a lighter and more authentic Cinco Celebration try one or all
 {lot's and lot's of good, home made food is how it's done in the Latin tradition}
of these simple recipes instead of the usual carb and cheese laden ones. 














Last but not least, and I hate to pick favorites {unless you ask my teenager} is...............



Puerto Penasco Ceviche



Puerto Penasco Ceviche







Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo???

If so I'd love to know how or what your traditions are!










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12 comments:

  1. Yum!!! Always wanted to make ceviche, yours looks amazing!

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  2. Beautiful fish tacos!! So in the mood for these now!!

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  3. You have me at grilled fish tacos! The salsa looks awesome too. I really have to look out for some blue corn flour. Sensational colour!

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  4. Wow! I think I need these in my life right now, what a delicious taco!

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  5. The tacos amazing and your other Cinco de Mayo features are equally appealing. I hope your week is off to a good start. Blessings...Mary

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  6. I, being Mexican, find it funny that Americans are fascinated with a holiday we don't celebrate in Mexico. Regardless, I think it's great that everyone cooks Mexican food on this day. Your tacos and salsa sound so good!

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  7. woooow that's more interesting :)

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  8. Seriously YUM!! I've been thinking about getting a tortilla press, thanks for the push! Beautiful pics too.

    Mary

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  9. Fish tacos are such a favorite of mine ever since my daughter made some for us a few years ago. In fact, I love them so much, that she made them again for us last week! I will definitely make your recipe for the next time (which I'm hoping is very soon!). Yes, it's crazy that we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and that Mexicans do not. Oh well, we're crazy sometimes! I love the mango salsa and the gorgeous blue corn tortillas!

    My niece said that it was 100 degrees in Phoenix this week. When I lived in Phoenix for 5 years in the 80s, I just loved it and remember taking my kids trick or treating in October with 90 degree temps! But oh what great weather for swimming, hiking, and backyard cook-outs!!!!!

    Roz

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  10. Everything looks so good here, yummy! You have a very nice pictures and i like you backgrounds very much!

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  11. Yeah from what I've heard cinco de mayo is totally an American holiday....but I am happy for any excuse to eat Mexican food so who cares! These tacos sound awesome!

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  12. One can never go wrong with fresh fish tacos! Yum!

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