Who doesn’t LOVE fish tacos? Every time I think about making them, I instantly want to call up some good friends to come over to enjoy them with. Its one of those hands on, build your own, make ’em messy, kind of meals where we all just stand around the kitchen talking and building tacos. There is no right way to build a fish taco; just set out all the options and let everyone create their own fish taco masterpiece. Because fish tacos are best served with friends on the side, I want to share with you how you can serve this meal in one of the best places to sit around and eat with friends…Hunting Camp. Tin Foil Fish Tacos are super easy and allows you to bring that “more than a meal” experience to camp. The best thing and the reason it is included in the Campfire Cookbook, is that you can cook this meal right in your campfire. This recipe is presented in a way to be able to take to hunting camp and be easily cooked after a hard day on the mountain, but you can easily just eliminate some of the “hunting camp” steps in the recipe and make them at home on the grill or even just on the stove.
At Home Preparation…
• 1 lb. lingcod, cubed (or any fish will do)
• one onion, thinly sliced
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
• 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
• 2 cups shredded green cabbage
• 1/2 cup sliced green onion
• 3 limes, wedged
• 1 avocado, smashed
• 8 oz. sour cream
• 1/4 cup salsa
• one package of corn tortillas
Prepare this hunting camp meal a day prior to leaving home. Place the first six (6) ingredients in a large ziplock bag, then place in your cooler. To make the avocado sauce, mix together the avocado, sour cream, salsa, and salt and pepper to taste. Place the avocado sauce in your cooler. The remaining ingredients are your toppings for the tacos. Simply place these in storage containers or ziplock baggies, and pack them in the cooler as well. Be sure to pack along tin foil (of course, tin foil tacos), and some cooking spray.
Try to plan on having this meal near the beginning of your hunt or trip so that the fresh fish and toppings you prepared stay fresh. When you are ready to make these, set out a large piece of tin foil, and liberally spray it with your cooking spray. Then place everything from the ziplock bag containing the fish onto the piece of foil. Seal all but one side of the foil, add a tablespoon of water, then seal completely to enclose. Place the foil package in your campfire. NEVER place the tin foil package directly in the flames. Place it to the side on charcoal, near hot coals, or on top of a cooking grate, if you have one. Cooking time will vary depending on your heat source, so keep an eye on it, and it is done when the fish cooked through and flakes apart easily with a fork. While the fish is cooking, get out your toppings, and cook the tortillas. You can either place a stack of tortillas in tinfoil and warm them up in the fire, again not in direct flames. Or, if you have the tools, I suggest cooking the corn tortillas in a skillet with a little oil until golden brown. When everything is ready, drain the excess liquid from the fish tinfoil packet, grab a tortilla, and start assembling. Put some fish on your tortillas and add whatever toppings you like. Top it off with a dollop of the avocado sauce, some fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime, and you are in fish taco heaven.
This recipe is so easy and you can modify it however you like. Add whatever toppings you like. You can’t mess this up. This recipe will serve 4-6 people, depending on how hungry you are 🙂 So go ahead and increase the amount you make if needed. ENJOY!