Nothing says Cinco de Mayo like a taco, and these ahi tuna tacos with homemade tortillas will blow your mind! You’ll never want a regular ground beef taco again, I promise.
I think every girl needs one day a year where it’s entirely all about making her feel beautiful.
Where she spends 3 hours getting her hair professionally styled and make-up perfectly applied. Where she dresses up with big statement jewelry and fancy dresses and plays in front of a camera getting glamour shots. This is what I spent all day doing yesterday and let me tell you, I never felt more incredible. Here’s a sneak peek photo!
Granted, it definitely helped that I had Kita behind the camera. This girl, as you already know from her incredible food photos, is a photography genius. But she’s not just great at styling tomatoes. She know show to capture people in the real moments. The moments when they’re not expecting to have their photo taken and they are lost in thought or concentrated on cleaning a bowl. There were so many moments she captured that I didn’t even think to pose for. And honestly? They are when I look the most glamorous.
As you can tell, I’m DYING of excitement to see how they came out. Although I love having my photo taken, I don’t always feel 100% comfortable in front of the camera.
Because of a recent weight gain, I don’t feel beautiful or sexy most of the time. I’m always sucking in or tilting my body just right so I don’t look as big as I feel. But you know what? I didn’t feel any of that yesterday. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt beautiful, gorgeous and happy. And so much of that has to do with Kita, who was encouraging and incredible, and the hair and make-up.
I’m not a make-up girl, but there’s something about having fake eyelashes on and bright red lipstick that makes you feel invincible. Even if you’re not having your photo taken, do it for fun. Get glammed up and surprise your husband on date night. Or just do it for the heck of it and prance around your local mall.
Every girl needs one day where she just feels perfect, don’t you think?
Ahi Tuna Tacos with Homemade Tortillas
Yields about 6 tacos & 8 – 10 tortillas. Tortilla recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.
Prep time: About 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes for tortillas and 5 – 6 minutes for fish
For the tortillas:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1 cup hot (110 degrees) water
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- Dash of salt
For the tacos:
- 2 (5 ounce) ahi tuna filets
- 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 orange sweet peppers, chopped
- 2 plump tomatoes, sliced or chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 ounces soft goat cheese
- Fresh cilantro for garnish
For the avocado cream sauce:
- 1 avocado
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- Salt and pepper
- Start by making the tortillas. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Using a pastry knife, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse sand (much like a pie crust). Gradually stir in the honey and the hot water, mixing until a soft dough comes together. If you need, add a bit more water if the dough is still dry.
- Move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and elastic, about 4 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll into a soft ball. Place on a baking sheet and cover with greased saran wrap or a damp towel. Let rest for about 45 minutes.
- Once rested, heat a griddle to high heat (I used this amazing all in one Cuisinart griddle). Working with two balls of dough at a time (if you have a two part griddle), roll them out to about 8 inches. Place the tortillas next to each other on the griddle and heat for about 2 minutes on each side, or until browned spots appear. Move to a plate and cover until ready to use.
- Preheat your broiler and lightly grease a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides of the ahi tuna with salt and pepper. Place on the broiler pan and broil (on high) for about 5 – 6 minutes, or until the outsides are browned while the insides are pink. Let rest for a minute and then slice into thin slices.
- To make the tacos, fill each tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, jalapeño and sliced tuna (about 3 – 4 slices on each). Sprinkle with goat cheese, cracked pepper and fresh cilantro.
- Scoop out the seeds and flesh from the avocado. Place in a blender. Add the almond milk, greek yogurt, lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper. Blend until thick and creamy.
- Drizzle sauce on each taco and serve immediately!
Nutritional information per taco:
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 26 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 21.2 grams
Weight Watchers points: 6