Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tequila Mahi Mahi Fajitas

There’s a restaurant chain in the Kansas City area (JosevPepper’s) that has the best grilled mahi mahi tacos and mahi mahivfajitas…actually, I love most of the food that they offer. Grilled mahi mahivfillets are the star of both dishes. The fajitas are served with traditionalvfajita toppings and the taco is topped with a spicy sauce, feta cheese, avocadovand cabbage. I love them both equally but I also love recreating my favoritevdishes at home.

When I stumbled upon a package of frozen mahi mahi chunks at Trader Joe’s last week I snatched them up and knew exactly what I’d do with them. Not only did Ivhave some excellent fish for these fajitas but I had some fresh organic produce to use from Door to Door Organics. My box last week, among many wonderful fruits and veggies included fresh cilantro, tomatoes, red pepper and avocado and they were a great addition…It was all incredible produce but I think the  red peppers were the best red peppers I’ve ever had. They were perfectly sweet and crisp. My mouth is watering as I type this right now!

Tequila Mahi Mahi Fajitas Recipe

Fajita Marinade
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, grated
1 Tbs. tequila
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro
1/2 Tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 red pepper, julienned
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 lb. mahi mahi chunks or filets (or other mild, flaky white fish)

Avocado Cream
2 Hass avocados
1/4 cup light sour cream
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbs. fresh cilantro 1 clove garlic, minced
1 tomato, diced
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp. olive oil
4-6 flour tortillas (depending on size)
1/2 cup cheese (I like feta with these)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, diced
1 whole avocado, sliced


Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the fish and stir well.Allow the fish to marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, mash the avocado in a medium bowl. Add the sour cream, lime juice,garlic, tomato, cumin and onion powder and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To cook the fish, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet on high heat. Add the fish, peppers and onions along with the marinade and cook for 5-6 minutes until the fish is flaky-tender and the peppers are fragrant.

Serve with warmed tortillas, avocado cream and cheese. Garnish with extra diced tomato and cilantro if desired.


30 Responses to “Tequila Mahi Mahi Fajitas”

  1. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    I love JP's mahi mahi tacos! But these sound amazing!!! I love creative takes on fajitas. 🙂 Definitely bookmarking this one.

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    Ann — September 14, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Delicious! I love fish tacos (at least I did before I developed an allergy to seafood). What a GREAT marinade! I bet I could use this with chicken.

    I just love when you get a CSA box and it's wonderful!

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    Ryan — September 14, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    These look delicious especially with that avocado cream sauce! Sounds like a great dinner. Thanks for the tip on using Trader Joe's frozen mahi mahi. I'll have to try some next time I go!

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    Bev Weidner — September 14, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    I could mahi mahi the crap out of those tacos.


  5. #
    Baker Street — September 14, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    You had me at tequila. Heh. These sound delicious Cassie!

  6. #
    Zoe — September 14, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Tequila in Fajitas?… Sound good to me 😀

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 15, 2011 @ 3:58 am

    Fish tacos have been my new thing – I really enjoy it. Adding tequila sounds good!!!! I'm sure these tacos are winner when I make it for a party. =) Thanks for sharing this recipe Cassie.

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    Lizzy — September 15, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    What a fabulous recipe! And extra delicious with your fresh produce 🙂

  9. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — September 15, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Cassie…you always come up with the most fascinating recipes! Hope TJ's has mahi mahi this weekend! Love fish tacos and fajitas!

  10. #
    Erin — September 15, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    What a great recipe! I am not a fan of fish, but with everything else here, I just might like it!

  11. #
    momdecuisine — September 15, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    I miss trader Joe's. They have the best stuff, don't they? Those tacos sound great!

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    Parsley Sage — September 15, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Ooooh! I love fish tacos, burritos, fajitas, all of that! This sounds super delicious with the feta. I never know what kind of cheese to pair with the fish so I normally don't. Good call 🙂

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    Alexis @ There She Goes — September 15, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    yummm tequila and mahi mahi two of my favorite things!

  14. #
    Beth Michelle — September 15, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I love fish tacos! These sound so amazing!!!

  15. #
    Curt — September 15, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    That sounds great. I haven't made fajitas in so long.

  16. #
    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) — September 15, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    LOVE that you used tequila!

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    RavieNomNoms — September 15, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Oh these just look amazing!! I love that you used the tequila…one shot for the cook and one shot for the mahi haha 😉

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 15, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Cassie, these fajitas sound awesome! I love the marinade. Btw, I wanted to let you know I added you to my blogroll. I hope that's okay!

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    CJ @ — September 15, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    ohh i love mahi-mahi and fajitas so this sounds awesome!! what a great recipe to end the summer!!!

  20. #
    Sarah — September 15, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    this sounds soooo good! mexican + fish initially sounded terrible to me, but once i tried it i couldn't get enough!!!

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    Baking Serendipity — September 15, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    That marinade sounds amazing! I keep forcing fall to hurry up here in Phoenix, when there's still time to enjoy awesome summery Mexican meals like this. Clearly I just need a new mindset…and some tequila 🙂

  22. #
    Angie's Recipes — September 15, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    The fish fajitas looks so delish with feta and avocado cream!

  23. #
    Dulce Dough — September 16, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    These sound so good! What a wonderful combo of flavors!

  24. #
    jennaseverythingblog — September 16, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Yum! I wouldn't have thought to crumble feta in tacos–LOVE the idea!

  25. #
    Carolyn — September 16, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    These really sound phenomenal. Yay for Trader Joe's and I'd say your version gives the restaurant version a run for their money!

  26. #
    Sarah — September 16, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    My mouth is watering too! These sound completely fantastic!

  27. #
    Jennifer — September 16, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Mahi Mahi – used to have that in Hawaii. Love the avocado cream. Have a lovely weekend, Cassie.

  28. #
    kita — September 18, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    These fish fajitas sound amazing! I tried to convince handsome recently to experiment a little with fish tacos but it didn't go so well. Can I come over the next time you are serving these???

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    *Girl From Scratch — September 19, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    These look delicious and healthy. I love the idea of avocado with feta, how decadent! Looking forward to making these:-)

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    Elissa — May 6, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    These are SO good! I had 2 pds of mahi and doubled the marinade recipe but was way too spicy. My only advice is to not double the spices and maybe add more lime juice or some other kind of liquid. They are really good!!! 🙂

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