Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls

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These Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls are like a fish burrito in a bowl. Crispy fish, veggies, and sauce over a bed of cooked rice. It’s an entire meal in one bowl!

Fiesta Fish Taco Bowl topped with cilantro in a white bowl.
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  1. Ingredients in Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls
  2. Why Taco Bowls?
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Talking About Tacos
  5. How to Make Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls
  6. Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls Recipe

If you were to ask me me what my favorite overall food of all time is, I would probably say “fish tacos”. Mexican fish tacos, Baja fish tacos, even shrimp tacos! I love them all. Probably because they combine two of my favorite things – seafood and Mexican food. While trying to come up with new ways to make fish tacos, this idea for fish taco bowls came to me. Made it. Loved it.

Ingredients in Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls

  • Taco seasoning
  • Tilapia filets
  • Vegetable oil
  • Onion – diced
  • Garlic – minced
  • Can of black beans
  • Fresh corn kernels
  • Cooked rice
  • Cilantro dressing
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage – shredded
  • Tortilla strips

Why Taco Bowls?

Taco and Burrito Bowls have become increasingly popular as a way to enjoy all the flavor of the burrito or taco, without the added calories of the tortilla. Plus, it’s just a fun variation. You can eat with a fork instead of with your hands. Also, you can see all the colors and textures that you’re about to taste, rather than hiding them inside the tortilla.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes best with fish tacos?

When thinking about sides that pair well with fish tacos, you can’t go wrong with classic refried beans, another good idea would be to make some Elote, or Mexican street corn. It is corn that is grilled and then thoroughly coated in mayo and sprinkled with chili powder and cheese and finally a squeeze of lime. Another idea, a fresh coleslaw of green cabbage and red cabbage, something more light with a tangy or citrusy twist.

What kind of fish do you use for fish tacos?

The most popular fish used for fish tacos are typically halibut, tilapia, mahi mahi, snapper, cod, bass and cat fish because these fish are lean and flakey white fish that are mild in flavor, cook quickly, and are relatively inexpensive.

Is cod or tilapia better for fish tacos?

Cod and tilapia are very similar. Nutritionally, they are almost exactly the same. They both contain the same amount of protein per filet (23g) and are both heart healthy and contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals. When it comes to taste, it isn’t hugely noticeable when they are fried and all dressed up. However, tilapia is slightly more mild than cod. Finally, the biggest difference between the two comes down to price. Tilapia is distinctly cheaper than cod.

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Talking About Tacos

There are so many ways to make this dish taste fabulous. I have tried it with our Cafe Rio Cilantro-Lime Rice and I loved it even more. You can even try it with Mexican Rice and I am sure it would be great!

There are so many possibilities with this dish! Check out some of the other ways to enjoy tacos in these recipes below:

How to Make Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls

Fiesta Fish Taco Bowl topped with cilantro in a white bowl.

Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls

5 from 5 votes
These Fiesta Fish Taco Bowls are like a fish burrito in a bowl. Crispy fish, veggies, and sauce over a bed of cooked rice. It’s an entire meal in one bowl!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6



  • salsa sour cream, tomatoes, cilantro, limes, cotija or feta cheese


  • Generously rub each tilapa fillet with taco seasoning. Heat oil in a large skillet (medium heat) and add tilapia. Fry on each side for about 4-5 minutes or until cooked through (you know it is done when it flakes easily and is white all the way through). Remove fish from skillet and cut or flake into pieces, set aside and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • In the same pan, add garlic and onion (add a little more oil if you need to) and sauté for a minute or two until onion is soft.
  • Add black beans and corn and sauté another couple minutes.
  • In each bowl, layer rice, cooked fish, cilantro dressing, corn/black beans, avocado, cabbage and tortilla strips. Add any other additional toppings you would like!


Additional toppings:
  • Fresh salsa or pico de gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Mango salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Limes (try grilling your lime slices for extra flavor)
  • Grilled corn
  • Cotija cheese
  • Queso fresco 
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Jalapeño

Nutrition Information

Calories: 681kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 26gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 1133mgPotassium: 870mgFiber: 13gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1098IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Love these burrito bowls because they’re so easy to customize! Perfect for a family of picky eaters, haha

      1. 5 stars
        I don’t think this is the one you had before. It was a very basic one. Just avocado,mayo, lime, and cilantro 🙁

        Thank you for responding though 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    thank you so much for this recipe! I actually have a couple of suggestions that I just tried out to make it even healthier: rather than using extra oil, beyond the first tablespoon of oil I just compensated with canola oil cooking spray. the rice and tortilla strips can also be sacrificed, along with the dressing! just bulk up on the cabbage on the bottom, I added just a few drops of red wine vinegar to the cabbage and didn’t miss dressing at all! I also made the avocado into a light guacamole by mashing it with some adobo seasoning and cayenne. The fish was PERFECT BTW!!
    This variation got a HUGE thumbs up from my husband, with the one request that I add some lime next time. I wanted to rewind my night as soon as I was done eating it just so I could eat it again. yummmmm (oh, I also added some adobo seasoning to the black beans & corn mixture while it was cooking)

  3. I made this last night and we all LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe! I will be making this again for sure!!

  4. this fiesta bowl looks so good! i have yet to try fish tacos but hear they are amazing, may have to give this recipe a whirl 🙂 thank you for sharing!