Baja Fish Tacos with Spicy Watermelon Guacamole


Simple baja fish tacos get a sweet and spicy upgrade with freshly made watermelon guacamole in this flavorful recipe twist. It’s perfect for al fresco entertaining from spring right through summer and can be prepared indoors or on the grill.

Baja Fish Tacos with Spicy Watermelon Guacamole - This naturally dairy-free and gluten-free dish (with paleo option) has amazing complimentary flavors (sweet, spicy, creamy, crunchy) and is perfect for al fresco entertaining.
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Watermelon may not seem like a natural pairing in these baja fish tacos, but it’s sweet flavor and juiciness are perfect for cutting the heat of spicier foods, while adding the perfect crunch to the overall dish.

Special Diet Notes: Baja Fish Tacos

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free.

For paleo baja fish tacos, serve the filling in lettuce wraps instead of tortillas or make your own grain-free, paleo tortillas.

Baja Fish Tacos with Spicy Watermelon Guacamole
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Serves: 12–16 tacos
Watermelon Guacamole:
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled and chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons diced jalapeno pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cups diced watermelon
  • Salt, to taste
Baja Fish Tacos:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1½ pounds cod
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 12–16 corn tortillas
  • 3–4 cups commercial coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • ½–1 cup commercial salsa
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  1. For the guacamole, mash the avocados tin a medium bowl until a mixture of smooth and chunky. Add the cilantro, green chilies, lime, jalapeno, and garlic and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add 1½ cups diced watermelon and salt (if desired) and toss. Cover and refrigerate to let flavors blend.
  3. Heat your oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet.
  4. Place the cod on your prepared sheet and sprinkle with chili powder and salt. Bake for 12–20 minutes (depending on thickness of fish) or until cooked through.
  5. Cut the cod into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Heat the tortillas on grill or griddle. Top each with few pieces of fish, ¼ cup coleslaw mix, heaping spoonful of guacamole, tablespoon of salsa and few pieces of remaining diced watermelon.
Grilling Option: For cooking al fresco, you can tightly wrap the seasoned cod in foil and grill about 5 to 7 minutes per side. If you opt to cook the cod directly on the grill, cook about 3 minutes per side, and flip carefully as the cooked fillets can be rather tender and flaky.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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