Ahi Tuna Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

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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.

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I think every girl needs one day a year where it’s entirely all about making her feel beautiful.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Every girl needs one day where she just feels perfect, don’t you think?

Ahi Tuna Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

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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

Ingredients: 

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

Directions: 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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Nutritional information per taco:

Calories: 297.5
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 26 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 21.2 grams
Weight Watchers points: 6

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Comments

  1. Posted by Angie on
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    These tacos look amazing! Your pic looks so cute, can't wait to see more!
  2. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    This rocks the casbah! Homemade tortillas takes this over the top!
  3. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    Gah, Claire, that photo of you is STUNNING. I can't wait to see more of them!

    And these tacos? Amazing. I want to gobble them all up as a second lunch.
  4. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    Great cinco de mayo idea!! OK now I want tacos :)
  5. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    These tacos look fabulous! Now - re: the photos - you look STUNNING! Kita is a genius behind the lens - can't wait to see the final photos :)
  6. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    Such a gorgeous photo of you, Claire! These ahi tacos aren't half bad looking, either! ;) So summery, fresh and delicious. Love 'em!
  7. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    Gorgeous photos! Of both you and the tacos :-)
  8. Posted by Rose | The Clean Dish on
    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    I'm the same way - I kinda like having my photo taken but I don't always feel comfortable! These photos of you look very glamorous indeed - you are gorgeous!!

    As for the tuna tacos -- I know what I want for lunch!! Yum!!
  9. Posted by Joanne on
    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    I feel like just the act of putting on lipstick or lip gloss makes me feel so much better when I'm having a bad day. So YES. Totally get it. And you look gorgeous in the photo. I want to just shove these tacos in my face and ogle you. :P
  10. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    LOVE that picture of you! Can't wait to see more. :) When I wake up to a low self-esteem day, I get dressed up for work instead of comfy-casual like I usually do. It's amazing what a difference that can make.

    I am not a fan of tuna (or most fish, to be honest) but I would seriously give these atry. They look almost as amazing as you! ;)
  11. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    The tuna looks so fresh and all the fixings go perfectly together. I will need to try this combo. Thanks!
  12. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    I adore, adore, adore Kita! You're right about her photography too; it's art. That photo of you is amazing. You're gorgeous, well and truly so.

    Your tuna taco ain't bad either. It looks very delicious and healthy (both good things). :)
  13. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    We absolutely need days like that!!! and Claire, can I just say that you are beautiful no matter how much you weigh? and hello??!! These tacos with ahi tuna and homemade tortillas?! LOVE! I cannot wait to try this!!
  14. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    WOW, these tacos looks delicious! :)
  15. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    I hope you'll post the other photos when you get them! I think you look amazing! Ps. love the ahi tuna filets in these tacos! Beautiful!
  16. Posted by Angie Big Bear's Wife on
    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    I hope you'll post the other photos when you get them! I think you look amazing! Ps. love the ahi tuna filets in these tacos! Beautiful!!
  17. Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    Gorgeous photo! You are so beautiful!
    • Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
      Thursday, May 1st, 2014
      First of all I love the tacos, super impressive. Fish tacos haven't hit our area yet. I have no idea why, they are fabulous.

      And secondly I had no idea that was you in the photos Kita took. I saw her post it somewhere and was so impressed. You look amazing. I would love Kita to do some for me. She is so talented.
  18. Posted by Fia on
    Monday, January 9th, 2017
    Sorry but I'm hispana and tortillas are not made with butter or honey.