Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free} |

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free}

A gluten free quinoa bowl with blackened Grilled Tilapia and a combination of all your favorite Mexican flavors then topped off with a creamy Chipotle Avocado Crema.

So if you think this picture looks familiar it should. :)

A couple months ago I posted this Grilled Tilapia Bowl over at Love Grows Wild. It was so good I just had to share it here too! Your welcome!

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free} |

On Sundays after church one of Mike and I’s favorite places to go to is Chipotle Restaurant.

We usually choose the burrito bowl which is basically a burrito but without the tortilla. You can pack your burrito bowl with whatever you want and the size is perfect for Mike and I to split.

My goal with this Grilled Tilapia Bowl was to replicate the bowls we normally get at Chipotle except with a few slight twists.

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free} |

Twist #1 was I used fish. In order to give it that Tex-Mex flavor I put on some cajan seasoning and that grilled them up!

Twist #2, I created this amazing Avocado Chipotle Crema to put on top of it.

And guys… let me tell you…this sauce is seriously da!

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.comI would eat it on everything if I could.

But since clearly I can’t eat it on EVERYTHING …. I will load it all over this healthy 30 minute Blackened Tilapia Bowl and be one happy camper! Believe me, once you get a bite of this dish you will too!

In the mean time, I would love for everyone to tell me how their 4th of July weekend went and what was the most memorable food you ate? Ready…… go! {Mine favorite was Slow Cooked Ribs with a Honey Glaze… holy yum!}

Until next time dear friends!

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free} |

5.0 from 6 reviews
Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema {Gluten Free}
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Grilling Recipes, Seafood
Serves: 4
Tilapia Seasoning:
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 large tilapia filets
Chipotle Avocado Crema:
  • ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 chipotle pepper {from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce}
  • salt & pepper
Other Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  1. In a food processor, add plain yogurt, juice of 1 lime, avocado, garlic clove, chipotle pepper, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Place in refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl, add chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix together.
  3. Rinse and pat dry tilapia filets and season bowl sides of the fish with the seasoning in the small bowl. {you may have some left over and that's fine}
  4. Heat grill to medium high, grill the two ears of corn for 15-20 minutes. Turning the corn every 5 minutes.
  5. Next, grill tilapia for 3-5 minutes on the first side and 3-5 on the second.
  6. Remove both from the grill and set aside.
  7. Assemble your bowls, place ¾ cup of cooked quinoa in a bowl, then add in black beans, diced tomato, fresh grilled corn {that has been cut off the cob}, cilantro, tilapia, and then top with Chipotle Avocado Crema.
Avocado Crema recipe slightly adapted from Shared Appetite

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    • says

      haha. I know right! Hey, I had to give you credit for that avocado crema.. it was killer even after a few slight tweaks! Glad you enjoyed it Chris!

  1. says

    I’ve never really cared for Tilapia until my friend Chris introduced me a couple of years ago to grilled Tilapia. Now I love it.
    But your seasoning takes it to a whole new level; it packs a big flavor punch and I can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      Thanks Mike, I’m not a big fish person but tilapia has a real mild taste which is why I think I like it so much. The seasoning definitely takes this fish to a whole new level.

  2. says

    Haha!…”the”…love it! We eat a lot of tilapia, so this looks like one yummy dinner option. And I’m soooo glad you used yogurt and not mayo for the avocado crema. I seriously can’t handle that stuff. Looking forward to trying it!

    • says

      haha…. glad you liked that. :) The avocado crema in this is seriously to die for and totally agree with you on the mayo front, the yogurt has a much better taste! Hope you like it Christine, thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. says

    I’m so glad you posted this again because I must have missed it. I love chipotle and one of our favorite quick stops. The grilled fish with Cajun spices sounds delicious and that sauce…hmmmm! I’m pinning to add to menu for the week!!

  4. says

    This looks incredible Krista! I love tilapia and that avocado crema sounds to die for! We are big fans of Chipotle so I know this would be a winner at our house for sure – pinning :)

    • says

      Chipotle is almost a staple in our house, we love the stuff. Adds just the right amount of heat to any dish. :) Hope you like it Kelly!

  5. says

    The best thing I ate over the 4th of July weekend was definitely my brothers SUPER-juicy hamburgers. Holy Yum! And these bowls? Ditto. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Krista! I wanna put that good-lookin’ avocado crema on everything!

    • says

      OHhhhh love that your brother cooks sounds like the perfect way to celebrate on the 4th of July! :) Now if you had this avocado crema to put on top of those burgers that would have been awesome!

  6. Emerald says

    Just made this-Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema. It was SOO good! I wanted to make it for my boss and her husband who is recovering from open heart surgery and trying to eat healthy. They loved it! This will probably be a frequent one around my house! Thanks!

    • says

      Awesome Emerald, so glad to hear it! This is a great healthy conscious meal, hope your boss’s husband recovers well. On a side note, love that you are bringing a dinner to your boss and her family.. such a servants heart!

  7. Lola Cooks says

    So I made this for dinner tonight and even with some adjustments it was awesome! First I used Cod instead of Tilapia since I prefer a milder fish, and I added some romaine lettuce and used less quinoa to make it more like a salad. I didn’t have adobo chiles but I did have dried chipolte pepper so I used that in the chipolte avacado crema and I could drink it!!! This is a delicious healthy meal, thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Love the cod substitute, I think I might try that or mahi mahi next for more of a thicker fish to grill! Good thinking on using the dried adobe peppers to make the sauce happen, because this sauce is the star of the show for sure! Thanks so much for sharing your experience girl love it and gives me something new to try too! :)

  8. Laura says

    Do you have a recommendation for a sauce to use besides this one? It looks great but I don’t have a food processor unfortunately. Thanks!

    • says

      Laura, you could still totally make this without a food processor. Just make sure the avocados are soft and then mush everything together with a fork, almost like you would for guacamole. It will be a little chunkier than if you were to use a food processor but still have the same great taste. Believe me… you WANT this sauce girl. :)

  9. emily says

    I made this for my husband last week and the first bite his eyes got real big. All he could do is mumble yummy sounds as he kept stuffing his mouth. His favorite part was the creme. He loved it. I am making it again tonight cause he keeps asking when he is going to taste heaven in his mouth again. Lol.

  10. Deborah says

    this was really delicious. I replaced tilapia with chicken and my husband and I both enjoyed it a lot.

    Really tasty, easy and quick.

    • says

      Oh.. great idea! Thats what I love about this dish, you can sub it out with any protein! Yah for easy and delicious recipes! Thanks for popping in and giving me feedback Deborah, I appreciate it!

  11. Cindy says

    My family loved the Crema ! I only had a blender to make it in but it still came out great . I just used a can of corn. I also used the broiler on my stove instead of the grill. I highly recommend this dish especially if you are looking for a healthy dinner idea.

  12. deedee says

    My hubby who is on a weight reduction diet and I loved this. I also sprinkled some capers atop and put other ingredients on a bed of spinach and lettuce to be a little more filling for a man. Loved this crema and the greek yogurt skinnied the avocado up a little so one can use a little bit more. The lime in this dish is da bomb. a keeper, perfect light lunch


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