Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Baja Fish Tacos are crispy, made with beer battered fish, red cabbage slaw and creamy chipotle sauce. Take this flavorful and authentic Mexican recipe and make it ready for dinner in no time!

Are you not a huge fan of fish? Try my Slow Cooker Beer Ribs taco recipe for an alternative way to make tacos. Serve this meal with my Easy Pico De Gallo and Homemade Guacamole and you can have your own fiesta at home!

Baja Fish Tacos

Mexican Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos have a few aspects to them when it comes to assembly. This delicious meal has a warm corn or flour tortilla outside and red cabbage coleslaw that is combined to give you the perfect seafood taco. Everything is finished with a spicy, homemade chipotle sauce, that brings together all the other flavors.

It is a bit of a misconception that you have to deep fry the fish. Instead, you can just fry them in a pan with as much oil as desired. To make this recipe healthier, you can also oven roast the fish.

The best part about this dish is how versatile it can be. You can choose any kind of fish to put in your tacos, but I recommend sticking to a white-fleshed kind. This is so that it can be closest to the recipe, I personally like to use tilapia.

What is Baja style fish tacos?

These white-fleshed fish tacos are an authentic Mexican dish that combines fried fish, slaw, a creamy sauce, tortillas and makes a beautiful balance of flavors in your mouth.

You can use any white fish, however, you can always opt out for a less expensive kind like cod or bass. The beer batter coating on the fish is to die for and it gives it that beautiful and irresistible crispy shell.

The special slaw that is made for this dish is called “curtido” in Spanish. The slaw is made up of cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise, and cilantro. It is basically the Hispanic version of an American coleslaw. The flavor really is in the slaw, so use my recipe and you will not be disappointed.

Mexican Baja Fish Tacos

What type of fish does Baja fish tacos use?

I have come to the realization that it does not really matter what kind of fish you use. As long as it has a white flesh you are good to go.  Some types that I recommend are tilapia, bass, cod, haddock, grouper, catfish, and snapper. All of those can be used because they are easy to fry and not incredibly expensive.

How to make Baja fish tacos?

  • The best way to make fish tacos is by preparing all the ingredients separately. Make the slaw first so that you can assemble your tortillas immediately after you cook your tilapia.
  • Allow the tortillas to be warm for a while, you can microwave them for 30 seconds. Also, mix all the ingredients for the chipotle sauce and set aside.
  • Wait for the tilapia to fry and you are ready to assemble your tacos and enjoy them! Be sure to keep a close eye on the fish, because tilapia fries very quickly. I recommend frying over medium heat, if the heat it too high, the fillets will turn blackish.

Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

How to make Creamy Chipotle Sauce?

The sauce takes just a few minutes to put together and it requires just mixing the below ingredients in a bowl. Add as many chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce as you want, based on how spicy you prefer the sauce.

  • Mayo
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Garlic
  • Lime juice

How many calories does a Baja fish taco have?

They have about 270-300 calories per piece. In order to make the tacos have fewer calories, you can grill your choice of fish rather than fry it.

There is also always the option to skip out on the batter used to fry them all together.

In addition, you can also make your own tortillas at home and make them smaller. Another way to make them have less fat is by eating them on their own and not with foods that are high in calories like blackened beans and cheese.

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Mexican Baja Fish Tacos
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 tacos
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 40 mins



  • 5-6 cups  shredded red cabbage 
  • 1  small red onion  (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup  cilantro  (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup  red wine vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil 
  •  juice of 1 lime 
  •  zest of 1 lime 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 


  • 1 cup  mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons  lime juice 
  • 3-4  canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce  (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)


  • 1 1/2 pounds  tilapia fillets  (cut into about 1-inch wide x 4-inch long strips)
  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cumin 
  • 1 cup  beer  (or seltzer)
  •  Vegetable oil  (for frying)


  •  Soft corn or flour tortillas  (warmed)
  •  Lime wedges 



  1. Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust for spiciness, if you want the sauce spicier add a few tablespoons of the above sauce from the can.


  1. Pat dry with paper towels the fish fillets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin. Gradually add the beer, and whisk until the batter is smooth with no lumps.
  3. Place a medium skillet over medium heat, and add about 1 inch of vegetable oil. Heat the oil until the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when dipped into it
  4. Work in batches: take one fish fillet, dip it into the prepared batter, coating it well, let excess batter drip off and add it to the hot pan. Do not over-crowd the pan. Fry the fish strips until golden brown and cooked through, only about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate lined to drain excess oil.
  6. Repeat with remaining fish strips.


  1. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of sauce to a tortilla, add a warm fish strip, top with the cabbage slaw, more sauce and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!
Calories: 266 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 13 Fat: 17 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 36 Sodium: 498 Potassium: 312 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 740 Vitamin C: 22.7 Calcium: 39 Iron: 1.6
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Amy Desrosiers

I love these vibrant slaw in these tacos! I would love to recreate them at home because fish is so yummy!



I have never had fish tacos. My friend keeps trying to make them for me though. I do like white fish.



I have never been big on fish but I would definitely try these. I am loving the chipotle sauce that you use on them.



My husband is obsessed with fish tacos and we try to find new ways to make it. This looks really good!


Celebrate Woman Today

I need to try this recipe, as it takes Beer with which I've never cooked. Plus, it is a new experience, yes!


Annemarie LeBlanc

I have not tried making beer batter but this really looks interesting. I want to make these tacos for my family this coming week. I know it will be another winner!


Ruth I

I'd love to try this delicious recipe. It will surely be a hit in our family!



I made this today and it was delicious! My family all enjoyed it.  The only addition I wish I would have made is cutting up some fresh jalapeño and avocado for the taco toppings too.  I have celiac so I also converted to gluten free using gluten free flour and beer, turned out great!



I loooooved this recipe!!I used a can of green chillies instead of the chipotle ones...


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