Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

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These spicy fish taco bowls are comfort food at its finest with a healthier twist. Fresh blackened spicy tilapia fillets, corn, black beans, red peppers and avocados make this dish a hearty, filling and most delicious lunch or dinner without the guilt.

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

Just when I thought spring was finally here in Calgary, it snowed again! I’m not kidding you. When you guys write to me and tell me about your warm weather wherever you are I truly envy you because today is a dreary, dark and gloomy day. When I woke up this morning and looked out the window I saw snow, just when it all melted, it started snowing again. And it’s still snowing.

So what is one to do on such a dark and gloomy day? Make spicy fish taco bowls! Seriously! On such a day one needs comfort food, food that makes you feel good, food that makes you go hmm.

I go through different food phases all the time. Especially when it comes to fish. Today I craved fish, but not any fish. I craved white fish. So I came up with this yummy and delicious fish taco bowls. Did I mention how healthy they are? I mean look at the list of ingredients. We’re talking brown rice, corn, black beans, red bell pepper, avocados and tilapia fillets. This is a lot of yummy in my tummy. This is healthy and delicious comfort food. There’s no guilt here as you eat.

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

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Spicy Fish Taco Bowls
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Serves: 4 to 6
  • 2 tilapia fish fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup black beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ avocado, cut in small pieces
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  1. In a small bowl mix the cumin, cayenne pepper and chill powder. Rub generously over the tilapia fillets on both sides.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the fish to the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. You want to make sure it gets almost blackened and that the fish is cooked through, inside it should be white. Remove fish from skillet and shred with a couple forks.
  3. In the same skillet add, garlic, green onions, corn and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper if preferred. Stir and cook. Let it cook for a couple minutes then stir again. You want to make sure the corn is brown and looks roasted. Add beans and cook until beans are heated through.
  4. To serve, layer rice, corn/bean mixture, fish, avocados and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice.


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  1. Catherine says

    Do you know if this recipe would keep well for a leftovers meal? I want to make it for dinner, but even cutting the recipe in half is too much for one meal. Suggestions?

  2. Arlene says

    I made this again tonight – this is the third or fourth time! – because I wanted some comfort food in the form of a healthier choice. I think it’s fair to say this recipe is now in my official rotation! We’ve also enjoyed some other ‘Jo’ recipes. Love your web site!

    Thanks very much. :)

  3. Cindy in MO says

    This is DELICIOUS! (In fact, my husband said, “This recipe is a keeper!”) I did substitute quinoa for the rice. What a wonderful, easy, healthy & delicious recipe!!!

  4. Bev Dube says

    Just discovered your website and loving it…saving everything I see!! I’m actually from Vulcan, AB so understand your pain of this past winter in Alberta, although saying that I do live with my husband in Dubai! Your photos are great and Im anxious to get started creating your beautiful recipes! Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi Bev,
      Thank you so much! I have been meaning to go to Vulcan, only because of the name, I’m a huge Star Trek fan so I think this summer we’ll make a trip there. :) So Dubai, must be nice and warm …. maybe a bit too hot? Is there such a thing?

      • Bev Dube says

        Hey Jo, well if you like Star Trek then you should also take in their parade…I find it quite amusing, but fun!! Thanks for the reply…honestly didn’t expect that! Love that we can be in contact! Enjoy your week!!

  5. says

    I was going to ask if I could just come over so we could enjoy one of these crazy fish taco bowls together, but then I read that it was still snowing….and I started thinking that maybe you should come down here to Hot Atlanta instead!! 😉 We can actually enjoy this amazing bowl outside with a margarita or seven!

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