Mahi Mahi Mango Ceviche Tacos

Something interesting happened yesterday. Our marriage license from Jamaica shipped and came right to our doorstep. I opened it all excited to see what it looked like and was greeted by an explanation of both of us: Brian – Bachelor; Juli – Spinster. Since I’ve never seen the word spinster, we looked it up. Let me quote Webster: “an unmarried woman who is past the usual age for marrying and is considered unlikely to marry.” What.The.F*ck. Come on, Jamaica. I thought I was young for getting married at 27 years old and you’re calling me old AF and unlikely to find a man willing to marry my old ass. You suck, Jamaica. Get outta here.

You know what I need to look up? What we do next. Are we married in the US? I’m actually not 100% sure. But I already have to go to a reception my mom is putting on for us, I don’t want to have to do ANOTHER thing wedding related. I feel like we’ve been getting married for 2 years now. When is it, “hey, we’re just married. period.”

Another thing that made absolutely no sense to me was Whole Foods the other day. You know how Whole Foods is super green, all about recycling and the earth and giving back while charging you $11.99 per pound for their hot bar? Well the other day I had to go to the bathroom while grocery shopping. I did my normal hoveroverthetoilet in hopes of not touching butt cheeks with a random who was shopping that same day. Well while I hovered and had my probably 15 second pee, the toilet automatically flushed FOUR TIMES. Four. So I’m sitting there getting backsplash of my own urine, hating life, and then once I was done, it wouldn’t flush. What in the?! How can you be so green but then have toilets that flush a billion times per pee. And automatic sinks that don’t turn on? Can you imagine if someone was having a bad day and ended up in the bathroom for a while. That’s AT LEAST 40 flushes. I hate the automatic flush. It’s bullsh*t.

Have you ever made your own ceviche? It’s so bomb. Instead of cooking your fish on a grill or in a pan, you actually let the citrus cook it for you. So it’s pretty much the easiest cooking process ever. When I was in Costa Rica, we wandered the farmers market and I had literally the best ceviche in the entire world. I wanted to go back and have a million more little cups that they were selling, but I was distracted by ice cream.  Since I’ll be heading back to CR this next year, I will be hunting down that ceviche and loading up. It was the most refreshing and flavorful thing I had the entire trip. So these tacos may be for Cinco de Mayo, but they are totally Costa Rica inspired. And I can say, my ceviche isn’t as perfect as the kind I had in CR, but practice makes perfect!

PaleOMG Mahi Mahi Mango Ceviche Tacos


Mahi Mahi Mango Ceviche Tacos

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 2 Mahi Mahi filets, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (remove seeds and rib for less heat, your choice)
  • 1/4 white onion, minced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1/41/3 cup lime juice (enough to cover all the ingredients completely)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • healthy pinch of salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pink peppercorns (I prefer pink instead of black, but you could use black pepper)
  • siete tortillas


  1. Place all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and mix well to combine. Cover and store in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or for up to 3 hours. The longer it sits, the better it will taste!
  2. Serve in tortillas or with plantain chips on the side! You can use a slotted spoon to remove some of the excess liquid, if you prefer. I just like having all the liquid to drink up after!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


24 thoughts on “Mahi Mahi Mango Ceviche Tacos”

  1. I thought the spinster thing was super weird so I looked it up and found this on a wedding website –
    “In Jamaica all conditions are referred to as Spinster and Bachelor and this is the law in Jamaica. A single woman is always a spinster and single man is always a bachelor”

  2. Question! What is a ‘non-reactive’ bowl? And also assuming, the Mahi Mahi files are raw when you combine everything?? Congrats on your marriage, I was just married on the 16th, and it was amazing!

  3. That. Was. The. Best. I laughed so much! Not about being a spinster thing, which you aren’t but about the Whole Foods bathroom experience. Now I know I am not the only one who hates toilets that automatically flush on you!

  4. The Whole Foods bathroom story made me laugh out loud at work. My coworkers are looking at me strange but that’s not anything new. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates those auto flush toilets.

  5. Let us know what you find out about being married in the US. I tried to take our Mexican Marriage Certificate to our local court house to get in on record and it was rejected! I also had a pain-in-the-ass time trying to get a new passport with my married name. But, our certificate is in Spanish, so you may not have any issues!! lol!

  6. If you’re a ‘spinster’ I’d hate to hear what they’d call me.

    As if it’s not bad enough to get splashback from the hovering-toilet-pee those auto-flushes are THE WORST! Like a disgusting recycled bidet. I always feel the need for a nice hot shower after those public restroom incidents. Blech.

    But, fish tacos. Yum.

  7. Hey I also got married in Jamaica. so when I took it in to get my new social security card they used my marriage license from Jamaica but to update my drivers license I had to go to the court house and get married technically again. My grandma works for the court house so that’s how I found out everything. It’s kinda stupid because the government doesn’t care but the state of Colorado does lol. Congrats on the wedding! Love love Jamaica

  8. Hi Juli! You need to take your marriage license to the courthouse to get it registered in the United States. Since Jamaica marriage licenses are recognized in the United States, it shouldn’t be an issue. You might need to get it notarized in the United States by a local notary, but that would be a state specific issue. It could be as simple as just taking it to the courthouse and filing it, possibly paying a small ($20 or so) fee. Sorry if this is a repeat! Congratulations on your marriage! May you both have a long and happy life together!

  9. omg i HATEEEE when toilets flush over and over and over again!! it makes me feel like the world worst human and i try to escape the stall as fast as possible haha. you should complain.
    and thats so strange that they wrote you were a spinster?! what is the average female marrying age over there, like 17?

  10. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m having my boys-to-men (20 & 22) make it for me for Mother’s Day and they love how healthy it is! My son just passed bartender school so he’s fixin the cocktails woo hoo! For Key West – it is about a 100 mile drive through the other Keys, but it is scenic. The first Margaritaville restaurant is fun to visit on Key West. I hope you guys make it down there, and look out for the Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish if you go there in winter! Apart from that, it is super-relaxing and chilled out!

    1. i keep pushing the subject so hopefully we book sometime! i told him it would be fun to party one day and one night in key west then drive to another part of the keys for a more low key atmosphere! we’ll see what happens! hope you love the recipe!

  11. That marriage license literally makes no sense. The spinster part and now question of legitimacy? I hope that there is a way you can work it out!

    Anyways, I love mahi mahi and while I’ve never actually tried making my own, ceviche tastes amazing! It’s delicious in a taco shell 🙂

  12. This was awesome! Made it two nights ago and my husband is still raving. Thanks for the recipe! I make at least one of your meals a week and they have all been top notch!

  13. These look amazing! I have two questions, though. I live in a small town in the desert, so getting fresh seafood is almost impossible. Can frozen then thawed mahi mahi work for this? Also, my husband hates mango (which, sadly, I LOVE). Can you recommend another fruit to sub? Maybe peaches?

  14. I made this tonight for my husband and I and it was delicious. I was nervous making ceviche but it was a simple and quick dinner.

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