Spicy Tuna Salad

    25 min

    This is a Mexican-inspired salad, which is packed full of protein. It's easy to make and everyone will love it. Tuna is mixed with red onion, peppers, black beans, chillies, mayonnaise, cumin, coriander and salsa verde. It's the perfect sandwich filler.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 4 (160g) tins tuna, packed in olive oil
    • 1 red onion, diced
    • 1 orange pepper, diced
    • 1 red pepper, diced
    • 1 (400g) tin black beans, drained
    • 110g tinned green chillies, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon spicy salsa verde to taste (optional)

    Prep:25min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, red onion, orange pepper, red pepper, black beans, chillies; mix in mayonnaise if desired. Season with cumin and salt and pepper; mix in coriander and salsa verde if desired.


    Tinned green chillies and spicy salsa verde can be purchased in Mexican speciality shops or online.

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    This is a great recipe flavors are different than the usual tuna salad. I was looking for something different to pack in grownup lunch boxes and this is definitely it. Thanks!  -  27 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    WOW! I loved this. I used water packed tuna instead of olive oil packed to cut down on fat. I eye balled the cumin. (probably ended up being the same as in the recipe, I was sceptical, but don't skip this!! It makes the salad!) I did not have green chiles or fresh cilantro, but I had a large jar of HOT salsa, and added some of that. Love all the ingredients! SO healthy. I just added about 1-2 TBS of olive oil Mayo, and that smoothed it out, rather cut the heat a bit. I like it with and without the mayo. I had to add more salsa and cumin after I added the mayo. (I like it with a kick) The cumin really changes this and adds an awesome taste to this. My new Fav power lunch. I used lots of yellow, green, red and orange pepper. (I had all of that on hand) I had to let you know how great this is! I used to just mix a TBS of mayo and salsa to my can of tuna (My sis taught me that. I thought it was gross when I saw her do that, but it is good) I will never do that again. Can't wait to have my sis taste this one... SSSOOOOO YUMMY! THANKS!!!!  -  11 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yum!!! I was scanning through allrecipes, wondering if anyone had ever combined black beans and tuna, and I came across this recipe. It's great! I usually try to follow recipes to the letter when I'm trying them for the first time, but I had to make a few changes to use what I had on hand. I only used 2 pouches (2.6oz) of albacore white tuna, a few thin slices of red onion, 1/3 of a green bell pepper, and a little bit of miracle whip in leiu of the mayo. I also went light on the cumin and used a few spoonfuls of Rotel instead of salsa verde. I do wish that I had cilantro, but it is really tasty without it too! I will definitely make again!!  -  25 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)