Grilled Chile Vodka Fish Tacos are THE taco of the summer. The tilapia takes on a ton of flavor from the chile vodka marinade before it hits the grill! When  you top off the fish with a bright grapefruit salsa and refreshing avocado jalapeño crema, it’s impossible to resist diving in for one (or three) more. 

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After spending a couple of blissful weeks in Europe, I am back to the ol’ grind. Thankfully the ol’ grind includes cooking amazing things like these fish tacos, so really, I can’t complain.

I remember when returning to work after vacation was literally torture. This was generally because I would be heading out to a new destination immediately after returning home. There was one of these trips that brought me out to San Diego once I returned from vacation, and despite all my grumblings about not being home long enough, this trip ended up having a huge impact on me.

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The huge impact came down to one. epic. taco. 

Grilled Chile Vodka Fish Tacos | #summer #taco #recipe

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Now I’ve eaten my weight in tacos several times over the years, but this fish taco that I had while overlooking the ocean in San Diego was the best one I ever tasted. I remember thinking “holy CRAP, this is what fish tacos should taste like!” It was marinated in tequila, topped with a citrus-packed salsa, and a creamy avocado crema that I can still taste if I close my eyes and imagine it once again…

Much like the fish tacos I ate in Kauai, btw. 

Instead of marinating these fish tacos in tequila though, I decided to shake things up a bit.

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How, you ask?


Breckenridge Distillery Vodka is literally the only vodka I drink. I wasn’t a big vodka girl until I had theirs, to be quite honest. Breckenridge Distillery‘s vodka is smooth and clean, almost refreshing when you drink it straight (i.e. no alcohol shudder included). In cocktails, it almost has a subtle sweet flavor, so I use it all the dang time.

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It must be because their the world’s highest distillery, right? 😉

Then they came out with a Chili Chile Vodka…. And I fainted.

The smoky spicy flavors in this vodka compliment the fish perfectly in these tacos. The fish ends up being light and refreshing with a spicy bite to it. When you add it to a taco with a crisp grapefruit salsa and drizzle on a refreshing avocado jalapeño crema, it’s basically the best bite of a fish taco you could ever experience.

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Your summer grilling adventures simply have to include this taco – if only to experience the glory that is the Chile Chili Vodka marinade. Step aside tequila, your fish taco days are over.

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Grilled Chile Vodka Fish Tacos

Spicy vodka marinated tilapia gets grilled up and topped with a refreshing grapefruit salsa. Drizzle with a cooling, yet spicy, avocado crema and you have the new taco of the summer!



  • 3 Tbsp Breckenridge Chili Chile Vodka
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Four boneless tilapia filets, skin removed
  • Canola oil
  • 16 six inch soft corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges

Avocado Jalapeno Crema

  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro

Grapefruit Salsa

  • 2 pink grapefruits
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together Breckenridge Chili Chile Vodka, cumin, chili powder, garlic, cayenne and lime juice. Add tilapia filets and marinade for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together ingredients for the grapefruit salsa. Set in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add ingredients for the avocado jalapeño crema. Puree until smooth. Set in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Heat up grill and season with oil. Add fish to grill (ideally using a fish basket to avoid the filets breaking apart) and cook approximately 3 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  5. Remove fish from grill and cut fish into short strips.
  6. To assemble to tacos, add 3 to 4 small pieces of fish to each corn tortilla. Top with grapefruit salsa and avocado jalapeño crema. Garnish with a pinch of fresh chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
  7. Serve immediately.