Southwest Tilapia Chowder

Southwest Tilapia Chowder
Miz Helen's Kitchen
5 to 6 medium Tilapia Fillets chopped in 1 inch cubes
1 large onion chopped
5 to 6 small new red potatoes skin on
6 slices bacon rendered or salt pork
1 cup green chili's chopped
3 garlic pods chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
11/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
Garnish with fresh cilantro
Wash, chop and par boil the potatoes about 10 minutes and set aside
Mix the chili powder,cumin,salt, pepper, red pepper flakes together in a small bowl
Sprinkle front and back of the Tilipia with 3/4 of the season mix  then chop and set aside
Saute the  bacon or salt pork add the onion and garlic then remove the onion and garlic to a small bowl
Lightly saute and simmer the Tilpia and potatoes in the bacon  or salt pork fat about 10 minutes
Add back to the pot the onion, bacon or salt pork and the remainder of the seasons mix well
Stir in 1/2 of the cilantro and add the milk, heat the mixture just to boil, do not allow to boil or the milk will separate. Add the butter and simmer until ready to serve. Garnish with cilantro
Recipe Tip
Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, salsa, or jack cheese and serve with tortilla's