Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

Tacos are like the perfect summer food, amirite?

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

I know some people are year-round taco enthusiasts — frankly, I’m married to one — but for me, tacos are most definitely a summertime thang. There’s just something about their perfect mix of bright seasonality, subtle indulgence, and hands-on consumption that makes tacos the perfect warm weather food, so whenever the summer rolls around Taco Tuesday becomes a major staple in the WRY kitchen.

These right here are one of my all-time favorites.

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

Since summer is when the majority of my taco eating commences, it comes as no surprise that fish varieties are my preferred taco of choice. Deciding which fish to use depends on several factors — toppings, marinades, and soft vs. hard shells are the biggest particulars — but in general I’m a fan of meatier fishes like tuna and mahi mahi. For these BLT tacos I knew I needed a flavorful fish to match-up against the dominate bacon, so tuna was my choice for its full-bodied taste, substantial breadth, and super-quick cook time.

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

When you’re shopping for tuna always go for something high-quality like Ahi so that you can safely eat it rare, medium-rare, or fully cooked. As for the grilling, the secret to perfectly grilled tuna (however you define it) is a combination of clean grill grates + a watchful eye. It’s important to remember that the difference between rare and rubber comes down to mere minutes, so DO NOT leave your grill while cooking. For best results, sear your tuna steaks for two minutes on either side, then gently flake apart the middle to see whether you’re good-to-go or need a minute longer. Paying close attention ensures that your tuna will be cooked exactly how you want it, so it’s worth being a bit neurotic over.

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

Once the tuna is prepped the rest of the taco is simple to assemble, with sliced grape tomatoes, shredded butter lettuce, bacon, and a quick lime aioli leading the way. Whether you cook your bacon in a skillet or buy the microwavable kind is up to you, as is your choice of shell. But absolutely do not skimp on the lime aioli, which really brings the whole recipe together. It lends that necessary BLT creaminess (mayo, mayo!) while complimenting the tuna with a touch of citrusy tang, so definitely go heavy on your drizzling. And if you haven’t already guessed it, these tacos are a texture DREAM.

The crisp bacon, plump tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, and thick tuna create a flavor + texture explosion that tastes SO refreshing against the luscious aioli, I could barely eat these fast enough.

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

And since I haven’t mentioned it yet – Yes, these are perfectly portioned for two. xo

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • TACOS:
  • 1/2 lb Ahi Tuna
  • Seasoning/dry rub of your choice (something Caribbean works great with tuna!)
  • 1/2 head Butter Lettuce
  • 2 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • a handful of Cilantro
  • 4 slices Bacon (or more if you want!)
  • 4 – 6 Corn Tortillas
  • Lime aioli to drizzle
  • LIME AIOLI:
  • 1/4 cup Low Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsps Minced or Crushed Garlic
  • 2 tsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large Lime, juiced

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Marinate tuna steaks with dry rub or seasoning blend of your choice, covering amply on all sides. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, on large cutting board shred the lettuce, quarter the cherry tomatoes, and chop the cilantro. Next, cook bacon as directed, then drain on paper towels until needed.
  4. Just before grilling the tuna, in small mixing bowl combine all lime aioli ingredients, whisking well until smooth.
  5. When ready, sear tuna on grill for approximately 2-3 minutes on either side until firm but not overdone. Slice into strips, then build tacos with a layer of lettuce, tuna, bacon, tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. Lastly drizzle with lime aioli, then eat!

 

Dinner for Two: BLT Tuna Tacos w/ Lime Aioli Drizzletaco texture!