Fish tacos are a good way to introduce and get my kids to enjoy new fruits and vegetables. With these spicy tuna tacos, we all tried jicama for the first time and loved it! I immediately wanted to try pickling some.
Spicy Tuna Tacos with Jicama Slaw & Avocado
- Bring the orange juice, chipotles in adobo, and vinegar to a boil in a medium-size heavy-bottomed saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, until it reduced to about 1/3 to 1/2 cup (15 to 20 minutes). Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temp.
- Preheat a gas grill on high.
- Combine the coriander, cumin, chili powders, black pepper, and kosher salt in a shallow bowl. Lightly coat the tuna with one tablespoon of the olive oil, then coat all sides evenly with spice mixture.
- Clean the grill thoroughly, then spray with cooking spray.
- Grill the tuna, uncovered on high, turning to brown all sides, until browned on outside but still rare in center, 6-8 minutes total. Watch it carefully because you don't want to over cook the tuna! Let the tuna stand 10 minutes.
- While the tuna stands, heat the tortillas on grill, turning over once, until warm, about 1 minute,. Wrap in foil to keep warm.
- In a small bowl, toss the jicama with the cilantro, lime juice, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Halve, pit, and peel the avocado, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
- Divide the jicama slaw and avocado among four tortillas, arranging them evenly down center of each. Slice the tuna 1/4 inch thick and divide it among the tacos. Drizzle the chipotle sauce evenly over tuna.
- Pass additional chipotle sauce.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
The spicy tuna tacos were a big hit. They have a great contrast of textures and flavors with the spice-crusted tuna, the creamy smooth avocado, and the crunchy citrusy slaw. With a side of warm black beans, this dinner was about as quick and as healthy as it is going to get around here!
A couple of tips:
Be careful not to overcook your tuna. Sushi grade tuna can be eaten raw. Depending on your taste, you may want to just sear the outside and serve it quite pink in the middle. For dinner with the kids, I cooked ours a bit more than that, but if it is not pink in the middle, it is going to be dry.
What do you do with the rest of the can of chipotle chilies in adobo? They are so hot that a recipe rarely calls for more than a tablespoon or two. Spoon the rest of the can into an ice cube tray in tablespoon portions. Freeze, then remove the cubes to a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer.
This post is linked up over at Full Plate Thursday.