[foodie challenge] cheesy gordita FISH tacos

This weeks recipe is a little different when it comes to the all around "rules" of my foodie challenge. Well, really, there aren't any rules but my plan was to create something I've never made before. I've made tacos before. It's got to be one of the easiest things to make aside from a PB&J. But Mike was really craving tacos so I decided to add a few twists to it.

Two summers ago my family, Mike and I went to Orlando and took a day to travel to Cocoa Beach for the day. We ate at a little shack bar on the beach and had the most amazing fish tacos ever. The other twist to this story comes from the fact that Mike and I are obsessed with Taco Bell's Cheesy Gordita Crunches. They are so addicting. So I decided to throw all these things together for the ultimate taco meal...

First things first, the Gordita sauce [which is pretty much just pepper jack sauce] It needed to chill for a while in order to thicken up so i did that a couple hours before starting the rest of the meal
1/4 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large jalapeno, chopped in half and seeded
2 tablespoons diced Spanish onions
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash cumin

1. Using a food processor, puree peppers and onion.
2. Mix 1 cup mayonnaise and vegetable mix and puree in a medium bowl
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well
4. Chill for several hours to let flavors develop

I used my handy-dandy Magic Bullet to mix all the ingredients so no bowl was needed. It was super easy because after all the mixing and blending was done, I just screwed on the Magic Bullet cap and tossed it in the fridge. Ta-Da!

Now for the tacos... I could have done a really original recipe but I have to say, I am in love with the packaged taco seasoning. I don't think any recipe tastes as good as that itty-bitty packet. So the rest of this meal is super simple and didn't require a recipe. But for documentations sake, here you go...

1 pound white fish [we got Haddock]
1 packet of El Paso taco seasoning
Shredded Lettuce
Shredded Cheese
Any other taco toppings you like
Crunchy taco shells

1. Cook the fish, it will fall apart into pieces
2. Cover fish in taco seasoning
3. Melt cheese onto tortillas, similar to making a quesadilla on the stove
4. Wrap the crunchy taco shells in the cheesy tortilla
5. Put the fish and taco toppings in the taco shells
6. Top with Gordita/Pepper Jack sauce
7. Enjoy!

In hindsight, I wish I would have used less bell peppers and jalapeno in the sauce because it was very peppery. Also, I forgot to consider how fast the fish would cook and wasn't able to make the Mexican rice I wanted as a side. So instead I threw some Mexican rice soup on the stove which wasn't very good. Oh well. But the fish tacos were amazing. It tasted like a Cheesy Gordita but even better! Success.


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  3. The cheesy gordita fish tacos look delicious! great job!


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