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Today we feature one of the great tastes of Denver with these healthy, blue corn fish tacos. The blue corn tortillas deliver such a stunning contrast to the white of the fish. Blue corn fish tacos have all the fixings including the delightfully smoky, tomatillo chipotle salsa. Together with corn, black beans, salad onion, lettuce, avocado and fish, it is not only a taste sensation but extraordinarily healthy for you.
Don’t restrict yourself to thinking tacos are made with beef on a crunchy taco shell. Tacos can be exciting! Fish – so light and healthy, black beans, wholesome and filling, corn for some great yellow color, avocado for that creamy richness and crisp lettuce for some nourishing greens. Look at all those colors in the blue corn fish tacos. No wonder they are so good for you.
Denver is a great place to discover good, Mexican food. The maturing of the food scene in Denver over the last 20 years from a steak and potato place (with some good Mexican) to a broad range of foods from many different cultures from around the world has been exciting to observe.
It’s easy to eat healthily in Denver, it must be all that great sunshine. People love to hike, mountain bike or ski in the magnificent Rocky Mountains, just on Denver’s doorstep.
Read on to find out more about Denver and its food and drink scene.
Denver – Home to Great Beer and Food
One of the first things that hits you about Denver is the sunshine. Around 300 days a year including in the depths of winter. All that sun is good for you and it encourages you to be outside and exercise. Mountain biking, hiking and skiing are all big. And with all of that altitude in the mile high city, you are working a lot harder than at sea level.
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All that exercise and hard work builds up a hearty thirst. And the best way to beat that thirst is to have a long, cold beer and the best range of beers in the world is in Denver, no doubt about it.
Boutique, small batch brewers have become an institution in Denver and Colorado. It seems every week there is a new beer on the market or brewer on the scene. And there is the full range of beers, you are spoiled for choice in Denver. If you are into your beer, it is a great place to visit. You will soon find out why I think it leads the world with its range and quality of beers.
And food? Denver really was a steak and potato place only 2 decades ago. But like the brewing industry, the food industry has gone ahead in leaps and bounds. Cafes, foods from all over the world and many with a healthy aspect. I can’t help but think the great beer has dragged the food industry along for the ride. It’s easy to find places in Denver where you can pair your food and beer, much like wine pairing.
And Mexican? I can’t really think of a cuisine which goes better with beer than Mexican. And from humble roots 20 or 30 years ago in Denver, the Mexican food scene has also matured with many, healthy options available. It is here in Denver I first tasted the delights of fish tacos and also corn tortillas rather than wheat varieties. Corn tortillas actually have taste and they are more filling than their wheat counterparts.
Denver was the inspiration for our blue corn fish tacos. You can read more about the Denver food scene here. Read on for the recipe.
Blue Corn Fish Tacos at Home
We love the great taste of corn tortillas. And the blue corn version, makes for a highlight on the color stakes. You can click on the links to obtain the recipes for blue corn tortillas and tomatillo chipotle salsa.
If you are looking for a healthy, summer-time lunch then this ticks all the boxes. For sure you can substitute some of the ingredients if you need to, but I think you will be well pleased with this dish.
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- 1 ear corn cooked, kernels removed
- 1 avocado cut into small dice
- 3 limes juice only
- 1 onion, salad (red) finely diced
- 1 cup beans, black, raw cooked
- 1/2 bunch cilantro (coriander) finely chopped
- 2 cups tomatillo chipotle salsa click on link for recipe
- 16 tortillos, blue corn click on link for recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb fish portions firm white boneless fish fillets
- Cook the ear of corn in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Remove the corn and allow to cool. Remove the kernels with a knife.
- While the corn is cooking, prepare the avocado. Squeeze the juice of one of the limes over the avocado . Prepare the salad onion, black beans, cilantro, quarter the remaining limes and stage the salsa and blue corn tortillas. Once cool, add the corn and have all of the fixings available on serving plates.
- Season the fish. Heat the olive oil and cook the fish, about 2 to 4 minutes each side, depending on the thickness. Place the cooked fish in a serving bowl.
- Allow people to make their own tacos. Take a tortilla and fill with your desired fillings. Squeeze a little lime juice over and enjoy!
Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
We love blue corn chips but I haven’t seen the tortillas so much keep my eye open for them. Thank you for the arm chair travel again and for linking to YWF too.
Vicki, we made our own tortillas using blue corn flour and water. The brand we used was Minsa. Here is a link to the recipe for blue corn tortillas.
I love fish tacos, and the blue corn tortillas are such a fun and interesting way to eat them! Plus, I love any excuse to eat beans! I didn’t know that Denver had such a growing Mexican food scene! I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there!
What I love about this dish is that the blue corn tortillas have such a unique taste and that you can use any filling you have on hand. And we love Denver food.
Looks so good! Making fish tacos at home is on my list for this summer!
They are fun to make with the whole family involved.
These tacos sounds so amazing. I love traveling to Denver, and you’re so right about their food scene, so diverse! And don’t even mention the beer! 😉
I love the sunshine there and I am sure that is the reason that beer is so popular there. The tacos are good fun as well as being light and refreshing.
Great ingredients executed well always make for a very satisfying meal. Your dish has flavor and great texture.
Yes it has a bit of everything for everyone. It is nicely balanced and I do like the range of colors.
Such a lovely look into Denver – I have often waited in transit at the airport a few times but I need to stop for a few days the next time. These tacos are divine!
Now that you mention it, Denver has the best airport in the country in my opinion. A stopover in Denver is well worthwhile as there is no shortage of things to do.
ooh! These fish tacos look fabulous! glad to learn more about Denver..
We really enjoyed the fish tacos. So light and refreshing and healthy for you too.
Love the lightness and all the veggies in these tacos! My husband would absolutely love them. I have never been to Denver before. Looks like a beautiful city.
The ingredients are nice and light but the blue corn tortillas adds a bit of depth. I find them more filling than their wheat counterparts.
I am 100% on board with these tacos! They look amazing. I haven’t visited Denver in years, but you’ve given me a lot of reasons to book a trip!
Lisa Denver is a great place to visit. Seek out a good brewery and Mexican restaurant and you will be in heaven.
Taco night could happen every day at our house. Thanks for the new recipe!
I hope you enjoy them Kristen. They are a bit of fun for the whole family.
I have always enjoyed my time in Denver when I used to travel there for work. These tacos look so good, and so healthy!
They are rather healthy, there is nothing at all that is not good for you.
Jamie | The Kitchenarium
These look fantastic. Fish tacos are so light and refreshing in the summer!
Yes they are a great taco to enjoy when the weather is a little warmer but you still want a taco.