Beer-Battered Corn Chip Fish Tacos

Because a regular beer batter wasn’t enough apparently.

And yes, they’re fried, but I know you. You’re okay with this. Plus I just feel like a baked fish taco is wildly sacrilegious. “Who even does that?” – said like Meegan on Key and Peele.

The good news, they’re simple! Also the good news, they’re going to put to use that frozen tilapia you’ve had in the freezer since Watergate.

Also also also the good news, they’re savorily/crunchily delicious. <—these are words.

So here we are. We’re making a batter with the beer AND the corn chips, you guys. And the spices and the flour, but the fun part is the corn chips. And really, you can use any chip you have. This was all that was left in the corn chip bag and I thought out loud to no one, “I really shouldn’t eat these. Oh! I’ll pulverize them into crumbs and mix with other carbs and beer and fry them and then eat them!” Just try to accept me, okay?

You’ll want about 1/2 cup corn chip crumbs. So start with over a cup of chips. Throw them in a food processor and blitz ’em down to gravel. I had already mixed mine with the spices here, hence its funny color.

Then pour it into the bee-ya! That’s beer. I’m pretending I’m a New Englander.

Add the flour and the egg and mix it allllll up.

You’ll basically cut up the tilapia into little sticks. However shape you want is fine. Once they’re frying in the oil they’ll get a bit wonky, but wonky is good. Wonky is a proper fish taco. We want wonky. We want the wonk. I’ll stop.

Dredge and fry. Just like that.

And they’ll come out like this. If you can’t see straight, that is normal. Happened to me, too.

And then you just make a dang taco!

Run a flour tortilla over an open flame for some toasting and a bit of charring here and there. This is the only way to prepare a tortilla.

Oh! That sauce on top. All it is is sour cream + lime juice + cilantro in a small food processor. Makes a tangy drizzle that wakes it all up. Vital stuff. Don’t skip this.

Crunchy cabbage on top adds a nice texture, man. That plus more cilantro leaves to garnish and it’s just, well, perfect and summery and crunchy and flavorful and you do remember the corn chips and BEER in the beginning, right? Yeah you do.

These are just fun, ya know? Changes up the taco routine, and like I said early on – any chip’ll do. I think Ruffles would be siiiick in this. (mom, sick means yummy.)

Add any other toppings you can’t live without and enjoy yourself. It’s almost summer. Fish tacos are mandatory.

Look, I don’t make the rules.

Beer-Battered Corn Chip Fish Tacos
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  • 1 pound tilapia, cut into 3-inch sticks
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup corn chips, blitzed in a food processor to get 1/2 cup gravel
  • 1 Tbs. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Juice from half a lime
  • A good handful cilantro leaves
  • Flour tortillas, toasted over a flame (or warmed any way you prefer)
  • 2 cups canola or vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, beer, egg, spices and corn chip gravel. Stir to fully incorporate. Dip the tilapia sticks into the batter and arrange on a plate. Keep going until all the fish is battered.
  2. In the meantime, heat the oil in a straight-sided skillet over medium high. Fry the fish in batches until golden brown on all sides, honestly about three minutes total. Let the fish rest on a baking rack over paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  3. In a small food processor, blitz together the sour cream, juice from half the lime and most of the cilantro, along with a small pinch of salt. This is your drizzle!
  4. Load up the toasted tortillas with the fried fish, crunchy cabbage with a good sour cream drizzle and extra cilantro for garnish. Serve with the leftover lime slices.
  5. And beer! Because the beer. So good.
  6. Serves four.

I made a CATFISH version of these years ago when the babies were TINY, if you need an ovary punch today.

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11 Responses to Beer-Battered Corn Chip Fish Tacos

  1. Sara May 12, 2020 at 10:43 am #
    This looks sooo delicious!
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2020 at 7:42 am #
      Ahhh thank you! I hope you enjoy. :)
      • Sara Burnette May 20, 2020 at 7:05 am #
        Sorry to be annoying but I have everything to make these except a beer. Anything I can sub or should I just grab 1 beer?? Thanks!
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  4. Bianca May 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm #
    Made this tonight and it was AWESOME. This recipe is going in the file!!
  5. Sunshine May 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm #
    Love, love LOVE reading your posts! These fish tacos look amazing! Can't wait to try them! :) Miiiiiigggggghhhhhtttttt eVEN make fish lovers out of my girls! :D
  6. animal crossing May 31, 2020 at 8:48 pm #
    This looks wonderful, I'm sad I did not even know about this! everyone does like it i will have to make it out there next year!
  7. kate June 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm #
    I don't know if it's a good thing that I now can confidently beer batter & fry things...but this was fantastic!
    • Bev Weidner June 25, 2020 at 5:55 am #
      Well that makes me so happy! Glad you liked them, Kate!

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