Fish Tacos with Chipotle Ranch Sauce and Jalapeno Coleslaw

There are no rules with tacos.

You do not have to use Cod. I have used flounder and even salmon before. Also add whatever toppings you like such as cheese, Pico de Gallo, and guacamole. This is your dish. When I make this dish, I put the coleslaw in the shell first followed by the fish and sauce and I do not need anything else. Except maybe warm tortilla chips and salsa.


Pairs well with Corona Beer or Pinot Noir.

For The Sauce

Half cup mayonnaise

Half cup sour cream

Two tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning

Two tablespoons Chipotle Adobe sauce

One teaspoon garlic powder

Half teaspoon salt

Half teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Fresh lime juice from two limes

Combine all seasonings together and stir well


For The Coleslaw

One bag of classic coleslaw

One Cup of mayonnaise

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 cup white vinegar

Half cup chopped pickled jalapenos

One tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

Half tablespoon freshly ground black pepper


For the Fish Tacos

Five to six pieces of Cod, good thick pieces

8 Taco shells, hard, soft or a mixture

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup salted butter, melted

Fresh lemon juice from one lemon

1/2 tablespoon Cayenne pepper

1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

Red Pepper flakes to garnish, optional


Instructions for Coleslaw

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar and other dry ingredients and stir well. Taste your mixture. Season to taste. If you want sweeter, add a dash or two more of sugar. Add salt to taste and pepper to taste. Fold in the jalapenos and coleslaw. Mix well. Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving.


Instructions for Fish

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a large rectangular pan. A 11 x 7 is a good size.


Arrange fish on the pan. Melt butter and pour over the fish. Drizzle lemon juice over the fish and season with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.


Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Really thick pieces of fish may need to cook an additional 5 minutes.


Once the fish is done, take a fork and break up the pieces. Do not mash. Stuff your Taco shells.


Drizzle the sauce over the Taco and garnish with cilantro. Serve with jalapeno coleslaw on the side.

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