What do you think about sheet pan blackened tilapia Baja fish nachos for dinner tonight? There are so many reasons these baked loaded nachos are great. First of all, this is a simple seafood nachos recipe, and then it’s also ideal for Super Bowl or game day. Use whichever topping ideas you want. This is one of the best sheet pan recipes I’ve tried recently. You just have to try it too!
Looking for a delicious, easy, and healthy dinner recipe? Look no further! These sheet pan blackened tilapia fish nachos are the perfect meal for any night of the week. Made with crispy blackened tilapia, and loaded with all your favourite nacho toppings, these fish nachos are sure to become a new family favorite. The best part? Everything is cooked on a single baking sheet, making for an easy clean-up. So why wait? Give these tasty fish nachos a try tonight and satisfy your nacho cravings.
Tilapia Fish Nachos Ingredients
I used tilapia filets to make my baked loaded nachos but you can use whichever firm, white fish you want. I expect haddock or cod would be great too. The blackening seasoning is a tasty combination of paprika, garlic, onion, basil, oregano, thyme, chilli, cayenne, and pepper.
You can use whichever type or brand of tortilla chips you prefer. Does your local grocery store sell those in-house fried tortilla chips? Those are thicker than regular chips and won’t do that annoying thing where they break while you’re trying to scoop up your nacho toppings! Otherwise, you can just use normal triangular corn chips instead. Just don’t use the thin ones – they break too easily too.
So what else do you need for these sheet pan blackened tilapia Baja fish nachos? Add some corn, tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, and cheese to the recipe, and you have all the makings of sheet pan blackened tilapia Baja fish nachos!
Serve this homemade seafood nachos recipe with sour cream and cilantro. I love thinly sliced red cabbage and fresh lime wedges too. Red onion, green onions or even pico de gallo would be a great addition. Anyone who is a nacho lover and fish fan is going to love baked loaded nachos with fish and all their favorite toppings. It’s ideal for Super Bowl or game day, Cinco de Mayo or for any occasion really!
How to Prepare Sheet Pan Fish Nachos
The first thing to do for these tilapia nachos is combine the seasonings for the blackening mixture. The second is to open a window, or open all the windows! In case you forget later. Blackened fish makes a lot of smoke.
Press the spice mixture into both sides of the fish filets. Next you can par-cook the fish in a skillet until the fish flakes easily and then shred it and cook it a little more. Toss the tomatoes, corn and onion with some lime juice and season the mixture.
Grab a sheet pan and sprinkle your tortilla chips on top, then you can add cheese, chillies, the shredded fish and also the corn mixture on top. Keep layering and then broil for about 7 minutes until the cheese melts. Add whichever topping ideas you want and enjoy.
What Type of Cheese Complements a Seafood Nachos Recipe?
I find that Chihuahua and Cotija cheeses are the perfect topping ideas for sheet pan blackened tilapia Baja fish nachos. These might or might not be easily available where you are. If you can’t get Chihuahua, then I’d recommend Muenster or medium (not sharp) cheddar. As for the Cojitaa, you can sub goat cheese crumbles, feta or queso fresco.
As this is one of the best sheet pan recipes for nachos, you can add any cheese you like. And since they’re nachos, well the more the merrier! A simple Mexican blend of cheese would work too.
More Topping Ideas for Baked Loaded Nachos
In addition to what we already have here, you might like to consider some chopped fresh avocado. Guacamole would work too. Some of you might like some hot sauce on it! How about pitted black olives, chopped cherry tomatoes or chopped scallions too? This is going to be one of the best fish tacos recipes you have tried anyway, so why not go all out and add extra toppings?
Whether you’re making this for Super Bowl or game day, or just because you have friends over, you will love how all the flavours combine.
There are other Super Bowl or game day nachos recipes to try. If you like, swap the fish for chicken. That can be blackened and shredded too. More of a beef fan? Try steak on your nachos.
Seafood Nachos FAQs
If you want to trim the carbs from this sheet pan blackened tilapia Baja fish nachos dish, you can. Use low carb tortillas such as the Mama Lupe or Atkins brand. Cut them into triangles with a pizza wheel and then bake or fry until crisp! Omitting the corn would shave off a few more carbs. Just sub in some extra tomatoes or add avocado slices on top.
If you can’t find cotija cheese you can substitute queso fresco, feta cheese or goat cheese crumbles.
You can use any firm, flaky white fish that you want. Haddock or cod would be great, too.
Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos Recipe
Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos
- 2 Pounds tilapia filets
- 16 Ounces Tortilla chips
- 1/2 Cup corn
- 2 Tomatoes diced
- 1 Red onion diced
- 2 jalapenos sliced
- 2 Cup cheese Chihuahua
- 1/2 Cup cheese cojita
- sour cream
- 1 Cup red cabbage thinly sliced
- 1 Bunch cilantro fresh, chopped
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1 Teaspoon paprika
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon thyme dried
- 1/2 Teaspoon basil dried
- 1/2 Teaspoon oregano dried
- 1 Teaspoon black pepper coarse
- 1/2 Teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven broiler on high.
- Add all blackened seasoning ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. Season both sides of tilapia filets generously with the seasoning.
- Heat a skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add tilapia filets to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side. Shred fish in the pan and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Dice tomatoes and red onion and add to a mixing bowl with the corn. Juice the limes into the bowl, and add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if desired. Stir to combine.
- Slice jalapenos thin. Remove the seeds for less heat.
- Arrange a layer of tortilla chips over a sheet pan. Sprinkle chihuahua cheese, jalapenos, corn salsa, and fish over the tortillas. Continue to layer chips, cheese, jalapenos, corn salsa, and fish onto the sheet pan. Top with cojita cheese.
- Place sheet pan under the broiler and cook for 7 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Top with red cabbage, cilantro, and cojita cheese. Drizzle with sour cream.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Not only is this seafood nachos recipe one of the best sheet pan recipes for Super Bowl or game day, but it’s perfect for any occasion. There’s nothing difficult about making this tasty tilapia sheet pan dinner, and you can add your own tweaks and variations.
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