By the way, I totally don’t drink beer. I bought a 24oz can of Tecate for this recipe and dumped the rest down the drain. Crazy, I know. (Except not really for me. I thought it smelled like barf.) I’m LDS and don’t drink. I do cook with alcohol though, when I can’t find a decent substitution. Beer is cheap so I went for it this time. Plus, what would you sub for beer in beer-battered tacos? I don’t even know.
I still felt pretty awkward buying it though. I’m this blonde 20-something getting my thousand pounds of produce, whole milk, flour, and a giant can of beer. Do you remember your first time buying alcohol? I held back from saying anything to the cashier, but I was so ready to talk about how this was my first time. Besides cooking wine. Do you want to see my ID? Because I totally have it.
I almost stopped this lady in the beer aisle to ask her what to get, but thought I might freak her out. “Hi, I’m really sheltered and don’t know anything about alcohol, can you pick out my beer please? It’s only for tacos I swear.” Yeah, no.
Speaking of alcohol, I bet most of you would be surprised at how little peer pressure I’ve had to deal with over the years. It’s actually kind of refreshing. Even in high school. I bet I’ve been offered alcohol less than 5 times in my life. And once people find out I’m LDS they back off and are totally respectful. Go humans.
A few weeks ago my sister Nikki went with her husband to Cancun. One night they went to bed at 7pm, woke up at 11pm, then went clubbing for the rest of the night, totally sober. I’ve never seen Nikki so excited. She and I both love to dance; she used to get me to sneak her into the school dances when I was in college and she was married with kids. We tore it up. Now that I’ve conquered these fish tacos, my new life-mission is to go clubbing all night in a foreign country with a bunch of drunk people. Preferably alongside Nikki, who apparently doesn’t need any alcohol to be taken for drunk.
So these are probably some of the best homemade tacos I’ve ever had. The pickled onions! The coleslaw! The crispy fish! It’s pretty much the best crunchy combination ever. These are obviously best served right away, but if you have leftovers, bake them at about 400 F for 5-10 minutes and they will crisp up again. I used the leftover frying oil to fry up a few corn tortillas. You could use flour too. Warming them up in the microwave (covered) would work too. These would go fabulously with some homemade Horchata.
Source: Woman’s Day