Crab Tacos with Mango Salsa and Fennel Cabbage Slaw

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Crab Tacos with Mango Salsa and Fennel Cabbage Slaw

Author Notes: Dungeness crab is in season, and I can think of no better way to prepare it than in tacos accompanied by some bright salsa. This particular mango salsa is a favorite of ours for fish tacos, and is also good with a little mint thrown in, or on top of grilled halibut tacos in the summer. muddybootskitchen


Serves 2-4

Mango Salsa

  • 2 mangos, cut into large chunks
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 anaheim or other mild pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped (you'll use the other half in the taco filling)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint, roughly chopped (optional)
  • juice of one lime
  • salt to taste
  1. Add the first six ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mangos are in a small dice. Add lime juice and salt, and pulse two times more to combine. Remove to a serving bowl and refrigerate until serving. This step can be done in advance and the salsa tastes especially good on the second day.

Fennel Cabbage Slaw and Crab Tacos

  • 1 fennel bulb, shredded
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • juice of one lime
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pound fresh cooked crab meat (roughly the meat from a whole crab)
  • corn or flour taco-sized tortillas
  1. Toss the shredded fennel, sliced cabbage, and lime juice together in a large bowl. Add salt to taste, and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno and cumin, and saute 3-4 minutes, just until the onion begins to soften. Then, add in the crab meat. Because it's pre-cooked, it should only take a few minutes to warm up.
  3. Assemble your taco! Spoon the crab/onion/jalapeno filling into a warm corn or flour tortilla. Top with a heaping spoonful of mango salsa, and a handful of the fennel cabbage slaw. Serve with sliced avocado or a few wedges of lime.

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