Dec. 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which reminds us how important Mary is to Advent. Celebrate with delicious fish tacos!
by Ryan Langr
Advent is a great time to celebrate Mary. After all, it was her “yes” that prepared the way for the birth of Christ. For the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, we’ll be making delicious fish tacos to celebrate Hispanic culture, Mary’s role in bringing us to Christ, and our call to be “fishers of men.”
By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with Our Lady of Guadalupe, you can read more about her story here.
This recipe is easy and done in about 25 minutes. My daughter loved stirring together the sauce, and while I did the measuring, it was great practice for her. While I prefer to make my own taco seasoning, you can find your favorite brand or use your own recipe.
Taco mix: makes 7½ teaspoons in total
chili powder: 1 teaspoon
garlic powder: ½ teaspoon
onion powder: ¼ teaspoon
dried oregano: ¼ teaspoon
paprika: ½ teaspoon
ground cumin: 1 tablespoon
sea salt: 1 teaspoon
black pepper: 1 teaspoon
Sauce and Fish
sour cream: ½ cup
mayonnaise: ½ cup
cilantro (chopped fresh): ¼ cup
white fish (cod, or tilapia will work) fillets cut into 1-inch pieces: 1 pound (4 total)
vegetable oil: 2 tablespoons
lemon juice: 2 tablespoons
taco shells or tortillas: approximately 12
1. Cut the fish into about 1-inch cubes and set aside. Mix the taco seasoning. Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro and 2 ½ tablespoons of the seasoning mix in small bowl. Set it aside.
2. Put a large skillet on the burner on medium heat. Combine the fish, vegetable oil, lemon juice and remaining seasoning mix in medium bowl.
3. Pour the fish mixture into the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. The fish is ready when it flakes apart with a fork or spatula.
Fill taco shells or tortillas with fish mixture.
Optional: Use tortilla chips for taco salad. Top with cabbage, tomato, sour cream mixture, lime juice and taco sauce.
Fish, Mary, and Advent
This was a huge hit with my daughter. She gobbled it right up, and my wife said she’d love to eat it again.
We’re still trying to figure out how to do Advent with a toddler at our house. She’s very excited for Christmas and Santa, and it’s hard not to get excited with her.
While we talked about waiting when we made our cookies for the feast of St. Nicholas, this time we talked about Mary having a baby. Being just two years old, she had no idea it takes nine months for a baby to grow in its mommy’s tummy — that’s a third of her life, and there’s no possible way for her to really fathom that.
She loves Mary, and she loves Jesus. And she really, really loves her mommy. We talked about everything we did to prepare when she was in her mommy’s tummy: We got presents for her, prepared a room, read a lot of books, and prayed a lot (we knew we were not as prepared as we wanted).
Advent is like Christmas in the womb — we are both the parents and the children. We spend three to four short weeks preparing for a new life in Christ, a renewed life that comes every year with his birth. We spend this time praying, because we are (hopefully) acutely aware of how unprepared we are for this life. We do spiritual reading, we give spiritual and physical gifts, and we prepare a room in our hearts.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your apparitions on Mount Tepeyac you promised to show pity and compassion to all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and protection.
Accordingly, listen now to our supplications and grant us consolation and relief. We are full of hope that, relying on your help, nothing can trouble or affect us. As you have remained with us through your admirable image, so now obtain for us the graces we need. Amen.