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Baja Fish Tacos

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Baja fish tacos: perfectly golden, lightly fluffy, irresistibly crunchy. These beer-battered fish tacos are a must-serve for Taco Night! Learn how to make this authentic Mexican fish taco recipe and cactus-shaped tortilla chips! Included: party-planning tips and printables for making Taco Night festive.

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Baja fish tacos on a white platter with slices of lime.

ABOUT BAJA FISH TACOS

In coastal areas of Mexico, light-and-crunchy, beer-battered fish tacos have been enjoyed for generations. California surfers fell in love with them in Baja California, specifically Ensenada and San Felipe. They were introduced to San Diego in the 1970s. Today I’m sharing this authentic Baja fish tacos recipe!

Beer battered fish tacos being made in the kitchen.

CACTUS-SHAPED TORTILLA CHIPS

No party is complete without chips and salsa! Make Taco Night festive with cactus-shaped tortilla chips and Pace® from Walmart! America’s favorite salsa for tacos and chips is a pantry staple. Our family enjoys its bold kick of flavor! Here’s how to make fun cactus-shaped tortilla chips:

  • Cactus-shaped cookie cutter
  • Green flour tortilla wraps
  • Corn tortillas
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Pace® Medium Picante Sauce, 24 oz.

Baked cactus shaped tortilla chips made from green flour tortillas and yellow corn tortillas.

HOW TO MAKE CACTUS TORTILLA CHIPS

Make your Baja fish tacos envious with scene-stealing cactus tortilla chips! Baked until light and crisp, they’re a party favorite. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. With a cactus-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from the tortillas. Transfer the shapes to lined baking trays. Use one for each color.
  3. Spray both sides of the cactus shapes with canola oil. Lightly sprinkle them with salt.
  4. Bake the green flour tortilla chips for 5 1/2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them. They crisp up fast!
  5. Bake the yellow corn tortillas for 8-10 minutes. There’s no need to flip them halfway through!

RECIPE TIP FOR TACO NIGHT: Cut out all the cactus pieces the night before your party. Store them in zip-top bags. Make fresh batches of crunchy baked tortilla chips just before guests arrive!

Homemade cactus-shaped tortilla chips made with a cookie cutter and tortillas then salted and baked.

BEER BATTERED FISH TACOS

The best beer-battered fish tacos have a light airy coating that’s beautifully crisp. The ingredients below will help you achieve authentic-tasting Baja fish tacos. They’ll stand neck to neck with the fish tacos served and enjoyed at seaside taco stands in Cabo San Lucas!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Canned chipotle peppers in adobo
  • Large eggs
  • Mexican beer
  • Skinless cod fillets
  • Corn tortillas – to assemble fish tacos!

Beer-battered fish tacos on a serving plate with fresh cilantro and lime.

BEST TYPE OF FISH FOR FISH TACOS

What’s the best type of fish for making fish tacos? Cod is the number one pick because of its mild delicate taste, tender meat, and flaky texture. Once beer battered and fried, its subtle flavor complements the light and crispy battered exterior! 

Here’s a list of delicious fish for making authentic Baja fish tacos:

  • Cod
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Halibut
  • Red snapper
  • Sea bass

IMPORTANT RECIPE TIP: Whenever using frozen fish, properly defrost it and eliminate the moisture. Use paper towels to pat the fish completely dry.

Beer battered fish tacos served on a tray with popular Mexican condiments.

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Recipe ingredients for beer battered fish tacos

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HOW TO MAKE FISH TACOS

Coated with beer batter, they’re golden and delicious with the perfect crunch! Here’s how to make fish tacos enjoyed on coastal vacations in Mexico!

  • STEP 1: Gather all your ingredients together. Place a cooling rack over a paper-towel-lined tray. Add 2 inches of oil to a medium-size heavy pot or pan. Heat the oil to 350°F.
  • STEP 2: While the oil’s heating, slice the fish into small pieces: approximately 2 1/2 inches by 1/2 inch.  Prepare the batter: whisk the dry ingredients until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and chipotle, then add in the beer. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk well to prevent lumps.
  • STEP 3: With your fingers, dip the fish into the batter until fully coated. Working in batches, gently place beer-battered fish into the hot oil. Fry the fish for 4-5 minutes or until golden and done. Use tongs to gently turn the pieces as they fry. It’s very important that the oil maintains a temperature of 350°F. Use a cooking thermometer to check. Between batches, remove the little batter crumbs from the oil with a handled metal-mesh strainer.
  • STEP 4: Transfer cooked beer-battered fish to the cooling rack.

KITCHEN TIP: Carbon dioxide bubbles in the beer is what makes this special batter for Baja fish tacos light and fluffy. It’s important to add in the beer just before frying the fish. You don’t want the batter to sit around and wait. We want to take full advantage of the fizzling and bubbles before they disappear!

Four images showing how to make fish tacos step by step.


EASY SLAW FOR FISH TACO RECIPE

  • Prepackaged slaw (shredded white cabbage, red cabbage and carrots)
  • Lime juice
  • Sea salt

How to make slaw for fish tacos: Squeeze lime juice over the slaw. Sprinkle it with salt. Mix to combine. 

Slaw for Baja fish tacos recipe.

CONDIMENTS FOR BAJA FISH TACOS

Tuesdays are for Tacos. Tacos are for Pace®. Its bold kick of flavor elevates Mexican recipes and Taco Night festivities! These are the essential condiments for Baja fish tacos.

  • Pace® Chunky Salsa Medium, 24 oz
  • Radishes
  • Sea salt
  • Limes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Homemade chipotle mayo (see recipe below)

Recipe ingredients for fish tacos on a white rustic table with Mexican salsa.

CHIPOTLE MAYO RECIPE

Homemade chipotle mayo for beer-battered fish tacos is quick and easy to make! Simply whisk these ingredients together:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely minced*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

*RECIPE TIP: Use the chipotle peppers left over from the beer-batter recipe! One small can is all you’ll need for both the beer batter and chipotle mayo.

Ingredients for chipotle mayo recipe.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE BAJA FISH TACOS

  1. Warm flour tortillas on a Mexican comal or pancake griddle.
  2. Place 1 or 2 pieces of beer-battered fish across double-stacked corn tortillas.
  3. Squeeze chipotle mayo over the fish.
  4. Sprinkle the top with slaw.
  5. Serve with wedges of lime, cilantro, and Pace® Chunky Salsa Medium.

Taco Night Party Ideas

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TACO NIGHT PARTY IDEAS

Setting up an exciting Taco Tuesday serving table is easy to do. Here’s how to make Taco Night special:

    • STEP 1: Get festive with this printable DIY CACTUS BANNER. To assemble the banner you’ll need scissors, a small hole punch, and a thin white cord or string.
    • STEP 2: Print and assemble your official TACO TIME BANNER. You’ll need 8 1/2 X 11 sparkly gold paper, scissors, a small hole punch, and a lightweight cord.
    • STEP 3: Create easy centerpieces with cacti! Transfer them to old metal cans. Use these printable METAL CAN LABELS and tape.
    • STEP 4: Use this PRINTABLE POST CARD for Taco Night invites!

Taco Night Party Ideas.

TACO TUESDAY / TACO TIME!

Hang up your DIY Taco Night banners. Assemble your serving table. Be prepared for lots of compliments. Get ready to share this authentic recipe for beer-battered fish tacos!

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Baja fish tacos on a white rectangular platter with wedges of lime.

Baja Fish Tacos


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x

Description

ABOUT BAJA FISH TACOS: This authentic Mexican recipe for beer-battered fish tacos delivers the exact taste and texture of fish tacos served in coastal Mexican towns. Now you too can enjoy the festive flavors of Mexico in your own kitchen!


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Ingredients

Recipe ingredients for fish tacos on a white rustic table with Mexican salsa.

BEER-BATTER INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced and crushed into a paste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Mexican beer (any pale beer will do!)

INGREDIENTS FOR BAJA FISH TACOS

  • 2 pounds fresh cod (skinless fillets)
  • 1 package corn tortillas (24 pack)
  • Canola oil for frying

ESSENTIAL CONDIMENTS

  • Pace® Chunky Salsa Medium, 24 oz.
  • Pace® Medium Picante Sauce, 24 oz.
  • Mexican-style tortilla chips
  • Wedges of lime
  • Sliced Radishes
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cilantro

INGREDIENTS FOR SLAW

  • Pre-packaged slaw (shredded white cabbage, red cabbage and carrots)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (23 limes)
  • Sea salt, to taste

CHIPOTLE MAYO INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced and crushed into a paste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (12 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

FISH TACO RECIPE PREP: Prepare the chipotle mayo by mixing the 5 ingredients together. Season the slaw with lime juice and salt. Place a cooling rack over a paper-towel-lined tray.

  1. Add 2 inches of oil to a medium-size heavy pot or pan. Heat the oil to 350°F.
  2. While the oil’s heating, slice the fish into small pieces: approximately 2 1/2 inches by 1/2 inch.  Prepare the batter: whisk the dry ingredients until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and chipotle, then add in the beer. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk well to prevent lumps.
  3. With your fingers, dip the fish into the batter until fully coated. Working in batches, gently place beer-battered fish into the hot oil. Fry the fish for 4-5 minutes or until golden and done. Use tongs to gently turn the pieces as they fry. It’s very important that the oil maintains a temperature of 350°F. Use a cooking thermometer to check. Between batches, remove the little batter crumbs from the oil with a handled metal-mesh strainer. Transfer cooked beer-battered fish to the cooling rack.
  4. Warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or comal.
  5. Assemble fish tacos: place 1-2 pieces of fish in the middle of double stacked corn tortillas. Drizzle chipotle mayo over the fish. Sprinkle slaw over the top. Serve with essential condiments.

Notes

BEER BATTER TIP: Carbon dioxide bubbles in the beer is what makes this special batter for Baja fish tacos light and fluffy. It’s important to add in the beer just before frying the fish. You don’t want the batter to sit around and wait. We want to take full advantage of the fizzling and bubbles before they disappear!

INGREDIENT TIP: One small 7-ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce is all you’ll need for both the beer batter and chipotle mayo.

FISH TACO FAQ: What’s the best type of fish for making fish tacos? Cod, mahi-mahi, halibut, red snapper, and sea bass. If using frozen fish, properly defrost it and eliminate the moisture. Use paper towels to pat the fish completely dry.

HOW TO MAKE CACTUS-SHAPED TORTILLA CHIPS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a cactus-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes from corn tortillas and/or green tortilla wraps. Use separate parchment-lined baking trays for each type. Spray with canola oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake green cactus chips for 5.5 minutes (they burn easily, so watch them carefully). Bake corn tortilla chips for 8-10 minutes.

Homemade cactus-shaped tortilla chips made with a cookie cutter and tortillas then baked.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Fish Tacos, Baja Fish Tacos, Beer Battered Fish Tacos

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Have you ever experienced the joy of eating beer-battered fish tacos? Would you like to try this easy fish taco recipe? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

25 thoughts on “Baja Fish Tacos”

  1. I love fish tacos and this recipe is one of the best I have made! The printables are so handy to make the dinner even more special!

  2. These look amazing. I actually had fish tacos about a year ago for the first time. They sure are delicious. Now I’ll have to try this recipe too.

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