Chili-Rubbed Tilapia with Mangoes

My hands are a little beat up today. And Therese’s might be, too.

That’s because last night, we put together about 8 gallons of homemade mango salsa that the Herald crew will be serving tonight at our Relay for Life site in University Park. We cut up mangoes, avocados, roma tomatoes, red onions and cilantro for the better part of four hours, and the result was some of the tastiest salsa I’ve ever eaten.

We’ll be selling samples of the salsa, and I’ll be giving a demo on how to make it at 7:30 p.m., right after the Relay’s opening ceremonies.  Everyone who buys a sample will be given a recipe card so they can make their own later if they so choose.

Last year’s Grand Forks event raised nearly $70,000! Hope to see you there tonight.

And for all of you fish fans out there, here’s a recipe that features tilapia topped with a mango salsa.

Chili-Rubbed Tilapia with Mango Salsa
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 Roma tomatoes, washed, diced
1 ripe medium mango, seed removed, peeled and diced
½ cup diced red onion
1 medium avocado, halved, pitted, diced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
¼ cup canola oil, divided
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ancho chili powder or favorite chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
Sea salt to taste
4 skinless tilapia fillets (about 4 ounces each)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a heat-proof platter on the middle rack of the oven.
In a medium bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, mango, red onion, avocado, lime juice, 2 tablespoons canola oil, cilantro and black pepper; toss gently. Let the salsa sit at room temperature while you cook the fish.
In a small bowl, mix ¼ teaspoon black pepper with the chili powder, cumin, oregano and about ½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste. Rub both sides of the tilapia fillets with the mixture.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high heat until hot. Working in batches, cook two of the tilapia fillets until lightly browned and the flesh is opaque and cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the fish to the platter in the oven to keep warm while you cook the remaining two fillets. Transfer the fillets to the platter, and spoon half of the salsa on top. Serve with the remaining salsa on the side.
Yield: Serves 4.
Approximate  nutritional analysis per serving: 402 calories (39 percent from fat ), 18 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 33 grams carbohydrates, 31 grams protein, 278 milligrams sodium, 57 milligrams cholesterol, 82 milligrams calcium, 12 grams fiber.

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