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Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

These gluten-free Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema combine all your favorite Mexican flavors. Quinoa, beans, corn, tomatoes and grilled tilapia are drizzled with the creamiest chipotle avocado topping!

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with 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! You’re welcome!

A Grilled Tilapia Bowl Garnished with a Lime Wedge

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

Why I Love These Grilled Tilapia Bowls

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

Two Squeezed Lime Halves on a Wooden Surface with Two Lime Wedges

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. (on a side note if you don’t have a lime squeezer yet, get one, it’s life change and you get way more juice out of the lime!)

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

A Collage of three different angles of a Grilled Tilapia Bowl
I 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!

A Bowl of Grilled Tilapia and Veggies Next to Two Dishes Containing Corn and Tomatoes

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A Bowl of Grilled Tilapia and Veggies Next to Two Dishes Containing Corn and Tomatoes

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These gluten-free Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema combine all your favorite Mexican flavors. Quinoa, beans, corn, tomatoes and grilled tilapia are drizzled with the creamiest chipotle avocado topping!



Tilapia Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large tilapia filets

Chipotle Avocado Crema

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 chipotle pepper {from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce}
  • salt & pepper

Other Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • ¼ cup 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 both sides of the fish with the seasoning just made. {you may have some left over and that’s fine}
  4. Heat grill to medium high, grill the two ears of corn for 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Next, grill tilapia for 3-5 minutes on the first side and 2-3 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


  • Calories: 385
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 567 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65 g
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

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56 comments on “Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema”

  1. I am planning to make it for my guest this week. Can I make the dressing the night before? How long will it last? Thanks and can’t wait to try it!

    1. Yes, the avocado crema can be made in advance. If stored in an air-tight container and refrigerated it can last for up to 2 days.

  2. This recipe is delious, easy to make, and refreshing dinner on a hot evening. Thanks forsharing this recipe with us

    1. With Houston summers, it is always nice to have a refreshing dinner!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  3. I have an affliction. I notice typos everywhere!

    Here a couple I spotted on this page:
    “Your welcome!” should be “You’re welcome!”

    Also, I think it is “adobo sauce” not “adobe sauce.”

    Thanks for the recipes!

  4. This was AMAZING, We just finished dinner and I can’t stop thinking about when to have this again. Glad there’s lots of sauce left over so I can eat it on everything in sight tomorrow!

    1. haha.. right! That sauce is addicting and I did just want you’re going to do. Put it on everything! So glad you enjoyed it Sandra and thanks for popping in to tell me!

  5. Awesome recipe. We’ve made it twice – once for company. They wanted the recipe. I have a question for you. I’m new to this site. Is it possible to publish nutritional information with recipes? I have to watch calories and salt. Looking forward to more recipes.

    1. I can absolutely do it! One of my goals is to try and start doing that so you have all that information at hand. AS I work on trying to catch that up if there is ever a recipe that you need it for just shoot me a quick email or comment and I’d be happy to give it to you! 🙂

      So glad you AND your company liked the recipe Julie!

  6. This sounds AMAZING! I would love to cook this for dinner tonight since I have all ingredients on hand but unfortunetly our grill broke last week. Do you have any other recommendations on how to cook the tilapia and corn? Maybe skillet or bake??? I’m not to sure. Man this sounds soooo good!

    1. Oh you could totally use a skillet for the fish and then a microwave for the corn. (I usually just wrap the corn up in a wet paper towel and cook it for 2-3 minutes and its perfect. 🙂 Hope you love it!

  7. This was delicious! I used israeli couscous because I’m not a big fan of quinoa, but oh my goodness! This is going into our rotation. The hubs and I loved it so much last night, that we are going to have it again tonight!

  8. 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

    1. oh love the capers idea for some saltiness! 🙂

      So glad you liked this and that you hubby did as well Deedee.. totally made my day!

  9. 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.

    1. Hmmm danielle… maybe add more lime juice too it and less chipotle so the avocados keep and don’t turn as it sits.

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

    Really tasty, easy and quick.

    1. 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. 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.

    1. haha… love it Emily! Totally cracked me up girl! So glad ya’ll liked the recipe and that crema is totally awesome right!?! 🙂

  12. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  13. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

  14. 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!

    1. 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!

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    Jodee Weiland

    This grilled tilapia bowl sounds so delicious! I haven’t seen anything like that near where we live. It sounds wonderful…thanks for sharing!

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    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!

    1. 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!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Nom. Nom! That looks so tasty girl.
    Gotta give this a try. We love tilapia.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  18. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  19. 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!!

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    Christine | No Gojis No Glory

    Haha!…”the bomb.com”…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!

    1. 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!

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    Mike @TheIronYou

    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!

    1. 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.

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Krista, this tilapia bowl looks incredible! Oh my goodness yes! I don’t care if it’s 6:30am… I want this bowl for breakfast hahaha.

    1. 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!

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    Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Krista, I just went and read this post at LGW and my mouth is WATERING!! I SO agree with you that Mexican food is fantastic any day of the week, all year long!! This Tilapia just looks fantastic!!

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    Natosha Zachary

    Oh my! I think you are right about the addicted part. This looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing!