For Taco Tuesday I decided to try something different! Blackened salmon from Alaska is pretty much the star of the show in these tacos, but when you top them with authentic fresh Avocado Mango Salsa, it adds just the right amount of heat, spice and sweet! I drizzled these with fresh Cilantro Lime Ranch Sauce, and we had the perfect Mexican Fiesta!
When I told the kids that I was grilling up "blackened salmon", you can only imagine the eye-rolling that took place - but this is pretty much the same recipe that I use for my Spice Rubbed Salmon with Mango Salsa - "blackened" is really just a fancy term for cooking something with a heavy spice rub on it. I use this same rub on fish, chicken and beef. It makes a nice little crust on the meat as it cooks.
These are the BEST tacos we've ever had - and my family DEVOURED them - not a crumb was left!
Don't let the ingredient list scare you - getting home tonight took a little bit longer than usual because of traffic and construction headaches, but I still had dinner on the table a half hour after I started putting this together. This is a great meal to make if you have extra hands that want to help or learn.
I usually make the spicy & sweet spice rub in a larger batch and keep it on hand, as it is one of our favorite grilling spices in the summer, so that was one step already out of the way. I love being able to grab fresh ingredients from the garden and use them for a meal. And everything is so fresh - I can't begin to tell you how great these fish tacos taste! You can cook the salmon up on the grill or in a heavy cast-iron skillet, and everything comes together pretty fast.
I usually use smaller tortillas when I make this recipe - you can use corn, flour or blue tortillas, and you can certainly use larger tortillas if you prefer. Although the flavor of corn tortillas is wonderful, through the years I have learned that corn tortillas tend to "shred" a bit more when loaded up, so I actually prefer the flour-based variety for serving and eating.
Spicy and full of flavor, with fresh-squeezed lime juice, the amazing Avocado & Mango Salsa adds just the right amount of sweetness and flavor - so pretty, and so delicious!
These are perfect to serve as appetizers, a snack or for dinner. And if you have anything left over, you can always throw it together the next day on a salad and top with the fresh Cilantro Lime Ranch Sauce & Dressing.
It is going to be so hard to top these for our next taco event! Hope that you enjoy as much as we did!
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