When I worked in the Valley, I spent quite a few lunches at Hugo’s Tacos.
Their horchata was sweet and refreshing, and their grilled chicken and fish tacos never disappoint. But there’s one star of the show– one thing that only Hugo’s has to offer that makes the trip from any part of town worth it: Honey Chipotle Salsa.
It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it takes any taco/burrito/nachos and turns it into the most wonderful thing you’ve ever eaten.
Now that I live in the Valley, I try to get to Hugo’s as often as possible. But a few weeks ago, Mike decided to try our hands at our very own grilled fish tacos WITH HONEY CHIPOTLE SALSA.
First order of business: take lewd photos of ginger at the grocery store. Be slightly embarrassed.
Step 2: Grow up and make tacos.
Mike brushed some tilapia with olive oil and sprinkled each side with Nature’s Seasoning (I talked him out of the extra seasoning salt that’s in the background).
While he grilled upstairs (and I took no photographs since I was downstairs), I chopped up chipotle peppers. It got messy.
I mixed in the rest of the recipe and nuked it (I know, real fancy), and that was it!
We didn’t want to make guacamole, but we also didn’t want to just slice up an avocado, so we went with avocado cream. Just a little salt, some nonfat Greek yogurt, and lime juice were all the avocados needed.
We realized that we had a lot of honey chipotle salsa and avocado cream left over, but we hadn’t bought any tortilla chips. So we tore up some leftover tortillas, sprayed them with oil, sprinkled a little salt on top, and baked them for a few minutes.
Life –> lemons –> tortilla chips, or something like that.
Fish, avocado cream, salsa, lettuce. That’s it. And it’s heaven.
I had two and some chips + dip. Mike had six, because he’s an animal.
I didn’t invent the individual recipes (and probably couldn’t have– turns out there’s quite a few things in honey chipotle salsa that I wouldn’t be able to peg on taste alone), I just put them all together. So here is where you can find everything:
The recipe for the honey chipotle salsa can be found here.
The recipe for the avocado cream can be found here.
For tips on how to grill tilapia, click here.
This weekend, we’re either spending a day at the beach or spending a day exploring a new neighborhood in LA. It’s cold as hell outside, so I’m guessing whatever we do is going to involve wearing pants.
Speaking of cold, gloomy weather, enjoy my favorite stay-indoors song. Grab some coffee or hot tea and cozy up on the couch while you’re at it.