The tacos part naturally has much to do with our close proximity to Mexico, not to mention Mexican Spaniards having founded and settled our City of Angels. The fish part happens to resonate with our lifestyle, and gratefully, well ... a lot of our best fish comes from Mexican waters.
It isn’t difficult at all to throw together a plate like the one here, but it is important to ensure its deliciousness by selecting quality ingredients, and making the time to prepare everything fresh. If you are committed accordingly, I can practically guarantee this plate will become a regular favorite on you / your family’s meal rotation. This will also surely resonate with those who are seeking a meal that leaves you pleasantly (rather than uncomfortably) full, and feeling virtuous for having eaten healthy.
One key to its “healthy” idea, is to provide only one corn tortilla per plate. We love La Gloria corn tortillas, made in LA, by La Gloria Foods on our Latin Flavors of East LA tour. If you’re not able to visit East LA for this fine yet ridiculously low-priced purchase, you may find their products at Whole Foods Markets.
Another key is to use fine-quality olive oil, and a little goes a long way. The flavor profile of any dish is heightened with best-quality products, and I am honored to direct you accordingly. Visit our favorite olive oil sources at Beyond the Olive, Monsieur Marcel, and for the Spanish rendition that is good enough for Jose Andres' Bazaar, kindly consider visiting our friends at La Espanola Meats ( contact me for more information about this one if you’d like).
Fresh citrus (including lots of fresh, ripe limes - the yellower the better), cob corn, organic black beans, farmers-market-fresh vegetables, and especially heirloom carrots and tomatoes that are now coming into season, are more items that I’d love to see on your shopping list!
Consider reading each segment of the recipe, and gather your ingredients in advance, to prepare this for the first time. After you’ve made it once or twice, you’ll be inspired to improvise and toss in other favorite ingredients as you go, without even looking at the recipe.
Divining your own version of this - one that is even better than mine - is my wish for you. And, that this plate becomes an obsession for you, as it has for me. Just sayin’.
Recipes for all components of the dish are just below ~ now go!
Until next time, I remain,
Your Chef and Tour Maestra,