Best Damn Grilled Fish Tacos

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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Serving Size = 1 taco


1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
vegetable oil
1 pound mahi mahi fillets, may substitute halibut

Red Cabbage Slaw
1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chipotle peppers, rehydrated in hot water, then minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4-6 8 inch flour tortillas
1 avocado, thinly sliced


In a small bowl, mix chile powder, cumin, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Lightly brush the fish fillets with vegetable oil and apply rub all over the fish. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes. Prepare grill for cooking fillets with direct high heat.
In a medium size bowl, combine red cabbage, cilantro, sugar, olive oil, chipotle peppers and salt and toss to coat.

Grill the fillets over direct high heat. Place fillets skin side down and grill for about 4 minutes and then flip and grill another 3 minutes. Remove fish from grill and set aside. Fillets should be opaque in the center and an internal temperature of 145 degrees should be obtained. Warm tortillas over high heat for 20-30 seconds and flip once.

Assemble fish tacos. Break fillets into large chunks and place on tortilla. Top with red cabbage slaw and avocado slices. Roll tortilla and serve.


Slightly adapted from