Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa

Gluten Free Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa Recipe

I have never met a taco I didn’t like. Well, except when they are made with {gasp!} flour tortillas. Flour tortillas for tacos just offend me – not only do they take a naturally gluten free food and glutenize it, it is just wrong! I have been to Mexico on many an occasion and never once was I offered a taco in a big, deep fried, pasty flour tortilla!

Anyway, I digress. The point is I love tacos. Beef tacos, pork tacos, chicken tacos, veggie tacos…you name it, I love ‘em. And as of late, I especially like fish tacos.

I have absolutely nothing against eating a taco as simple as some grilled meat or fish, onion, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime – simple, delicious, perfect! But for my latest taco-fest I wanted something a little different, something a little special, something a little fancier. So I grilled up some tilapia (readily available and cheap!) added some shredded cabbage (that I just grabbed from a bag of coleslaw mix) and made a quick cherry chipotle salsa. Now tacos aren’t usually described as elegant, but these were just that!

Even if cherries were in season right now, I wouldn’t really want to pit 2 cups worth, so for the salsa I just used some frozen sweet dark cherries (thawed), a bit a pureed chipotle in adobo (look here to see how I make it), red onion, cilantro and lime juice.

I have a gas stove so I just heat my corn (!) tortillas right on the burners but you can warm yours in a dry skillet or even wrap them in some damp towels and heat in the microwave for about a minute.

If you love tacos as much as I do, you are definitely going to want to try this Gluten Free Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa recipe!

Gluten Free Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa

5 from 4 votes
Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa
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Gluten Free Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cups thawed frozen sweet cherries , cut into quarters
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ¼ cup red onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (or 1 -2 teaspoons pureed chipotle in adobo) – more if you like it spicier
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 (4 – 6 ounces each) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges and cilantro for serving


  • Dry the cherries on paper towels. Place the garlic and red onion in a food processor and pulse to chop. Add the chipotle in adobo, cilantro leaves and lime juice and pulse to combine. Add the cherries and pulse just until they are roughly chopped. Place in a small serving dish and reserve.
  • Combine the ground cumin with the salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the tilapia filets on both sides with the olive oil. Sprinkle the cumin seasoning mixture on both sides of each fillet.
  • Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the tilapia and let cook without moving for 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2 more minutes or until the fish is cooked through and starts to flake. When done, flake into a serving bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • Heat the tortillas and serve. Let everyone make their own by adding a small handful of cabbage to each tortilla, topping with some fish then salsa. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and more cilantro if desired. Fold the tortilla over and enjoy


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Tilapia Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 437mg18%
Potassium 771mg22%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 97IU2%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Cherries Chipotle Dairy Free Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Mexican Salsa Tacos Tilapia
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  1. April 24, 2012

    That salsa sounds fantastic!

  2. April 24, 2012

    Oh yum! What a great combination of flavors!

  3. Oh girlfriend, you just touched my taco-loving heart. And the salsa, well, say no more. I love how it elevates the taco to a whole other culinary level. Nice job!

  4. Joy
    April 29, 2012

    You had me at tacos and then you go ahead and bring up cherry chipotle salsa?!?

  5. April 29, 2012

    What a great salsa indeed, great job! yummo!

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  8. February 19, 2013

    Amazing salsa recipe! I tried it at home and it turned out to be really delicious. Everyone praised it and wanted to have more. Awesome amalgam of flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      February 19, 2013

      My pleasure Madyson, so happy you all enjoyed it!

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