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Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls w/ Coconut Lime Rice + Strawberry-Mango Salsa |

Can we just talk about real life here for second?

Nothing sugar-coated, just truly what’s going on in my head.

Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls w/ Coconut Lime Rice + Strawberry-Mango Salsa |

When I started this blog I always said I would never be a real  “photographer”. I just figured I would probably never be any good at it, or for that matter even like it. But the thing is, I have fallen in love with food photography.

The problem? ME!

Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls w/ Coconut Lime Rice + Strawberry-Mango Salsa |

Like most people, I am my hardest critic. Like beat it down, till I just can’t beat it anymore, but it is only because I truly just want to be the best I can be. With my photos I am always looking to improve them. The thing is? No matter what I do, it’s never good enough for me.

And before I ramble on anymore, I am not writing all this because I want you all to leave nice comments and make me feel more confident. Actually I try to avoid writing posts like this because, while I do LOVE the nice comments (they mean the world to me) they also make me a little embarrassed because well, I am me and I am totally shy and awkward. It’s been this way my entire twenty years.

So basically, don’t feel sorry for me, or even like you have to say anything.

Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls w/ Coconut Lime Rice + Strawberry-Mango Salsa |

I decided to write about this today because I think it is something a lot of people can relate to. The whole “I am never good enough, someone is always better” thing.

For me, the photos are something I struggle with daily. While I am absolutely in love with photography and growing in my knowledge, it’s my self-doubt, second guessing, over thinking and overly critical mind that I absolutely hate. Some days I end the day and I am beyond excited about what I just created. Other days, I am beyond bummed and a re-shoot is in order because I am a total perfectionist when it comes to anything involving this site.

That was yesterday for me, which is why you are hearing about it today. I just needed a good vent and to let you all know that even though the perfect picture can sometimes get painted, it is only temporary.  Around here, nothing is perfect. Far from it actually.

But on to these bowls, because THEY are close to perfect. I may not love the photos, but I love the food and that should be what matters most anyway. I mean, this is a food blog after all.

These bowls are heavy on the tropical Mexican flavors and YOU GUYS? They are so good, super healthy and the best dinner. I served these to my Dad and we both loved them. The salsa makes the dish.

Oh and the colors. It’s like a fiesta!

Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls w/ Coconut Lime Rice + Strawberry-Mango Salsa |

Chipotle Mahi Mahi Burrito Bowls with Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice + Spicy Strawberry-Mango Salsa.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Bowls
Calories Per Serving: 695 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Mahi Mahi

  • 1 pound wild-caught skin on, Mahi Mahi
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 whole chipotle chiles finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups coconut water or water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Spicy Strawberry Salsa

  • 1 medium size ripe mango peeled, pitted + diced
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeded + chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt

To serve

  • 4 [tortilla bowls |]
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 ears of corn on the cob [grilled corn |] kernels removed from ears
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • greek yogurt or sour cream
  • shredded cheddar + crumbled cajita cheese
  • fresh cilantro


  • In a medium bowl combine the olive oil, chipotle chiles, garlic, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and onion powder. Whisk to combine. Add the mahi mahi and toss well. Cover and place in the fridge while you start the rice.
  • Add the coconut milk and coconut water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, unsweetened coconut and coconut oil. Stir to combine, then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely. Let the rice sit on the stove, covered for another 20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!). After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Add the cilantro and lime juice, toss well. Keep warm.
  • Meanwhile make the salsa. Add the diced mango, chopped strawberries, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, pinch of cayenne and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl. Toss well, cover and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Once the grill is hot, add the mahi mahi, skin side facing up. Cook about 4-5 minutes and then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes or until crisp and mostly cooked through. Remove from the grill. Remove the skin and either flake with a fork or chop into chunks. This can also be done in a skillet if desired.
  • To assemble the bowls divide the rice among 4 tortilla bowls or regular bowls. Add the lettuce, black beans and corn. Divvy up the fish and then top each bowl with salsa, cheese, and a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream. Eat!
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And Thursday just seemed like a great day to break out those vibrant fiesta colors!

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  1. These sound really amazing and u would love to try them. But I am allergic to coconut. Do you know what I could sub for the coconut you used in the recipe? I’m dying to try these.

  2. I can completely relate to this post! I am truly my toughest critic. And we all want our photos to be stunning and perfect, but honestly, perfection doesn’t exist! Just rest assured sweet girl, that your photos are stunning. Like Every. Single. Time!! 🙂 And love this dish, it’s like a tropical party for your mouth! Love it!

  3. This bowl is the exact meal I want to eat every single day. Fresh and tasty salsa with fish and flavorful rice? You sing to my soul!

    P.S. Your photos are beautiful. Never doubt yourself. You’ve got this, girl!

  4. Ughh, I do the exact same thing and somethings after a photo shoot, I can’t sleep because I’m thinking about how I need to re-shoot it again the next day and change some things around. As annoying as it is, I think it makes us better food photographers! I recently found your site and have been coming back because not only do the recipes sound great, but the pictures also look amazing 🙂 Also, how did you know that I am obsessed with burrito bowls and have been looking for some creative ways to change them up?!

  5. I wake up every morning, grab a cup of coffee and look up your blog to see what yummy things you have posted. Your photography is amazing so much so that I make a lot of your recipes. I made this last night for dinner and it was so good. The prep was easy and your marinades are fantastic. The only change I made was I only used 1/2 a chipotle in the marinade, other than that I kept everything the same.
    Leftovers will be for lunch today…YEA!

  6. First up? Your photography. It’s amazing, particularly as I’m guessing that you’re mostly self-taught!! The composition, use of props, definitely magazine worthy in my opinion. As for me? I used to be a perfectionist but then I realized how much of a negative impact it was having upon my mental health and self-esteem. So I’ve worked my ass off to try and ‘reform myself’… with varying degrees of success. Yep, I still overly criticize myself at times but I’ve also learned that ‘good enough’ can be a beautifully liberating thing. So have confidence in your abilities, you’re naturally going to keep improving as time goes on. You have heaps of time to have FUN with food photography. You’re naturally talented and that’s a great place to start! Anyway, back to these amazing burrito bowls. No idea why I never thought of cooking burrito tortillas like that before, it’s a fantastic idea! Definitely going to put this on my dinner list for next week. P.S you are AMAZING xx

    1. Thank you so much for the ecouraging and kind comment!! I need to take your advice!!
      Thanks again!

  7. Ok, well here’s the part where I’m not going to listen to you and tell you how good of a photographer you are. Seriously!!! Your photos are amazing Tieghan. They are so vibrant and sharp, and your composition is so great. I think being a perfectionist can sometimes be a good thing (I consider myself one too for the most part–and I hated my photos today, for example), but just stop every once and a while and remember how talented you are!

    1. You are the sweetest!! Thank you!! And do not doubt you self for a second. I envy your gorgeous photos!! The colors, the clarity and the styling is alway spot on. Todays photos included (or Thursdays!)!

  8. Your photo’s helped me find your site. I was looking for pita bread pictures (for my personal recipe collection) and stumbled on a photo with a beautiful blue background and a recipe with perfect proportions of ingredients. So I ditched my previous recipe and used yours. All thanks to the photo.
    In my experience it’s the self doubt and the need for perfection that drives your creativity. Otherwise you’d do the same thing over and over. We don’t see the sweat and effort you put into your blog because it looks effortless. But it’s appreciated Tieghan : )

    1. Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Kat! It is totally making my night! So happy you love my photos and the recipes! THANK YOU!

  9. Oh my god you’re only 20? Jealous 🙂 You’re photos are by far the most inspiring of all the food blogs I visit!!! I aspire to create photos as alluring, teasing, tempting as yours…I don’t usually comment and I wouldn’t if I didn’t mean it. I wish I had half of your skill!

  10. Tieghan, yes, we are our own worst critics, but girl, your photography is top notch. I’ve watched it get better with every post. Keep moving forward you’re doing a great job!