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It’s Thursday Tacos time. YES!

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

First though, we have to talk about my age.

Yeah, my age.

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

I am the very young age of nineteen, two years away from twenty-one.

Sometimes I feel odd posting recipes with alcohol in them because I am not legal. Sure, I am legally considered an adult, but I can not legally drink alcohol. And trust me, I don’t. You will never catch me with a margarita, spiked coffee, beer or even a glass of wine. I am being 100 percent honest when I say I do not drink. I have never even had a drink, unless you count those teensy tinesy sips of my dad’s beer that he would let me have when I was young.

Oh, I thought I was so cool when he would let me do that. Especially, if there were other people around. I mean they really were just the tiniest sips, but it made me feel all grown up and ahead of my years.

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

The truth is, I have always been ahead of my years. Too mature for my age. My entire life (even when I was a little baby, toddler and pre-schooler) people called me an old soul, which honestly freaks me out, but I must admit, it seems to fit.

Since I am being totally honest here, I decided that I would not drink in seventh grade when my friends were starting to dabble with the idea. I have older brothers, older brothers who did stupid things. I know what drinking can lead to and I know my personality. I like to know that my brain is my brain and it is not being influenced by any kind of substance. It is kind of like letting a good friend influence your decisions. I would not do that, I want to make decisions based on me and my needs, not those of someone or something else.

Does that make any sense at all?

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With all that said, I absolutely LOVE cooking and baking with some booze!

For one, it is fun, but most importantly it adds great flavor. Bourbon makes one awesome glaze for corn fritters, irish cream is a great for doughnut fillings, beer braises some amazingly good pork, tequila makes some dang good chicken and is really great in doughnut glaze, frosting and filling too!

Okay, so I guess I really like some good booze in my eats…..

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

So what I am saying is, who cares if I am only nineteen?

Not me, not parents and hopefully not you guys.

Truthfully, I am mature to the point of being seriously boring. No, really I am so boring. Probably the most boring nineteen-year old you’ll ever meet. I have already graduated from college, worked in the exciting city of Los Angeles for a summer (six days a week, not the un-boring – I have a life – five days) yet somehow managed to never even be tempted by the “LA scene”. So much so that I decided it, even as glamorous as it was, that it wasn’t for me. I even have a decent savings, I mean what 19 year old has a decent savings? I know I should be out enjoying some of my hard earned loot but truthfully, this blog is way more important to me, even if it is pretty much non-stop twenty-four seven. My hope is, that this blog has added value to your eating habits. I also hope that it continues to do so for quite some time.

So, why am I telling you all this? I am being brutally honest because I have felt a little weird (and even more so because some of you have actually inquired) about posting recipes with alcohol in them and felt it was time to address the issue. For the most part, the amount of alcohol I am using my recipes is very minimal, unless it is a dish like the pulled pork carnitas, where there is a whole beer, but most of the beer cooks off during the 10 hours of cooking (seriously, by that time there is practically no alcohol left). And for this tequila soaked watermelon, I am also cooking the tequila first, granted not for very long though.

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

Okay, okay, okay.

Enough said on that subject, and enough seriousness! Let’s get to the stuff and have some fun!

K? Cool!

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

First let’s just talk about the tequila soaked watermelon-mango salsa.

Basically, it is just how is sounds. I soaked the watermelon for 30 minutes in a tequila simple syrup and it made for the very best salsa around. I mean SO good. Slightly sweet, completely refreshing and so flavorful. It is seriously, amazing! But of course if you are not into using tequila at all than the tequila can most definitely be left out.

No harm done, it is totally up to you.

If you like a little alcohol, I recommend it!

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

The sweet and refreshing watermelon and the mango + the coconut lime mahi mahi are just out of this world. The flavor combos are so simple, but so good! I mean coconut lime mahi mahi! Awe, it is just awesome and come on, how good does that sound with the tequila watermelon salas?!?

It is like summer’s perfect all-star taco and it’s easy peasy!

The only reason I am saying the meal takes 40 minutes it because you need to give the watermelon a little time to soak, otherwise it’s pretty quick. Just crisp up your taco shell in the oven (if using soft shells then just skip this step all together), grill or sear the fish, toss the salsa together and grab some cream cheese.

Yes, cream cheese. Just do it, it is so good!

Oh and if you’re not into mahi mahi you could totally do this with any white fish, shrimp or probably even salmon too!

I obviously can not control my excitement about the tacos. Maybe I am not as mature as I thought….. Nope, I am just crazy excited about these!

So you ready? Get set….

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa |

Coconut Lime Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila Soaked Watermelon Salsa

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings: 8 Tacos
Calories Per Serving: 257 kcal

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


Tequila Soaked Watermelon-Mango Salsa

  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon cubed
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 mango peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded if desired and chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 6 leaves basil julienned
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper



  • Make the salsa. Place the watermelon in a medium size bowl. Bring the sugar, water and tequila to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon cubes and toss well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes while you make the tacos. (You can skip this step and just leave out the tequila, water and sugar when making the salsa)
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine the 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, smoked paprika, chipotle chile powder, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Invert a regular-sized muffin tin. Working with four tortillas at a time, microwave them for 1-2 minutes. Quickly brush with just a little of the seasoned coconut oil and then fold the tortillas gently and prop up between the bottom of 4 muffin cups. Bake at 450ºF for 5-7 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Repeat with remaining tortillas. You may also use a taco mold or just very carefully drap the tortillas over your oven rack.
  • Heat the grill, grill pan or large frying pan to medium-high heat.
  • Brush the Mahi Mahi with the remaining the seasoned coconut oil and grill or pan fry for 3 to four minutes per side. Remove, peel the skin away, chop into chunks and then drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and lime juice.
  • After 30 minutes remove the watermelon from the tequila and place in a clean bowl. Add the mango, jalopeno, green onions, basil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Toss well.
  • To assemble the tacos spread a little cream cheese on the bottom of each taco shell, then fill with the flaked or chopped mahi mahi. Top with sliced avocado and the watermelon-mago salsa.
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness. Wow. This is so good! I’m super picky about my fish, picky about my tacos, and honestly, not a huge fan of fruit salsas. But this recipe. This is perfection. So delicious. Perfectly balanced. Not terribly hard. Love it. I’ll definitely make it again.

    1. Hey Dana,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was tasty!?

  2. Hi, this looks amazing and I’m going to try to make this. I was wondering if avocado oil would be an okay substitute for the coconut oil? I’m not a huge fan of coconut oil, but I’ll definitely use it if it’s the best option. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hey Crystal,
      Avocado oil would be a great substitute here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. B ~

      Yes, I just tried them a few weeks ago. I never made any kind of fish tacos before, but it was pretty easy and they were delicious!!! Definitely recommend this recipe 🙂
      The only thing I had trouble with was the salsa… mine had too much liquid. I probably should have strained and put it in a new bowl to serve.

  3. I’m a little late on finding this recipe, but it looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I can’t wait to try it! Is it my imagination or are there cherry tomatoes in the salsa or perhaps as an extra topping?

    I also can not believe you were only 19 when you created this! I’m impressed! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  4. Tieghan, we live overseas, so some of the ingredients we can either not get, or they are ridiculously expensive, like fresh watermelon and I assume that would be coconut oil in the olive oil aisle? that is expensive also, but if that is what is needed, then I guess we got to get it. But I can’t wait to try it, mangos are also expensive here. No break for those residing in the military overseas unfortunately, but I have lots of fresh mahi mahi right now, so your recipe will be made. And i can make lots of drinks with tequila!

  5. I CANNOT wait to make these – way to go, girl!! And PS, I think you’re fabulous 🙂 I just found your blog and what a mature gal you are at the ripe old age of 19. Let me say, as an LA-er, that scene is totally overrated! Can’t wait to keep up with all your recipes! xx Marisa

    1. Awe, thank you so much!! I am so happy you found my site, Marisa. Your words are so kind and I hope you LOVE these tacos!

  6. These look absolutely amazing! I can’t believe you are only 19 and making food like this!

  7. I started my blog when I was 19. At the time, I was in Ireland, so it was legal to drink. However, I only did social drinking when I had to. I’ve never been a huge party goer, even throughout college. To be honest, I probably get along more with people older than me than people my age. Im an old soul too 😀 I do enjoy going to breweries and having good beer with dinner. That’s about the only alcohol I consume anymore.

    Anyway, love the sound of these tacos! Very tropical.

    1. We sound a lot a like! I get along so much better with people older than me! LOL

      Thanks so much, Carla!