Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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!

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 Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine 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 Responses
  1. Connie

    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. Krista

      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. Kathy

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

  3. Rob Fulwell

    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. Sandra

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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. Julie

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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. Amanda

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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. Katy

    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!

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