This is our kid approved recipe for homemade fish street tacos in Temple, Texas. It is incredibly simple to make with some easy built in shortcuts.

*Disclaimer, I do not use measurements when cooking, so these portions are approximate. Also, encourage you to not use measurements either, unless baking, and just feel your way into what tastes best.


  1. 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  2. 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
  3. 1 teaspoon of vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  4. 2 cups of coleslaw mix
  5. 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 tablespoon Menudo Spice Mix
  9. 1 package white corn street taco tortillas
  10. 8 breaded fish sticks
  11. 1 pound tilapia (2 large filets)
  12. 1 cannister of spray oil (I used olive)

How to make the coleslaw:

This is the most important step because no matter which fish you go with, you will be topping with the coleslaw. In a small mixing bowl, take the mayonnaise, vinegar, and citrus juice and whisk together. Toss in the 2 cups of coleslaw mix, and sprinkle in the salt and half the pepper. Fold all ingredients together, and put in the refrigerator.

Throw the 8 fish sticks into the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Prep the 2 tilapia filets by sprinkling a teaspoon of garlic salt onto each. Next, spray a small coating of the oil onto the fish. Then, sprinkle each filet with 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Finally, cover each filet with 1/2 of the Menudo Spice Mix.


While the fish sticks are in the air fryer, put a small frying pan over medium heat with a small spray of oil. Heat the street taco tortillas for about 2 minutes on each side.

Once the fish sticks are finished, assemble the street tacos with 1 fish stick per tortilla, and 1 tablespoon of coleslaw. Feel free to dress up the taco with any variations you like.

While you're arranging the fish stick tacos, place the 2 tilapia filets into the air fryer seasoning side up, and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.


See, totally simple, and with the coleslaw mix, tortillas, and fish sticks able to be purchased in advance like the mayonnaise, this whole meal takes about 25 minutes, and feeds a basketball team well.

If you don't believe me, just ask the 1 1/2 year old who gives the entire experience a "So Big" rating of 10 out of 10 fingers.

The overall success of a meal made for a toddler is how much ends up on the floor. For once the floor was clear of meal debris, and the toys scattered everywhere were almost as thankful as the eaters.

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