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Tacos de Atún (Canned Tuna Tacos)

Tacos de atún or “tuna tacos” are an excellent way to use up that canned tuna you have in your kitchen cabinets. These canned tuna tacos are inexpensive, easy, and so delicious! Next, you’ll have to check out my tuna melt quesadillas.

A blue plate with tacos de atún

Tacos de atún are something I started making one day when I was running out of options of what to make for dinner and I really didn’t feel like going to the store.

I was looking in my fridge and cabinets and saw tortillas and three cans of tuna. So canned tuna tacos it was!

Canned tuna is a staple ingredient for us. We always have it on hand. There’s just so many things you can make with it.

three cans of tuna

What else can you do with canned tuna?

Canned tuna is a super versatile ingredients that should be a staple in everyone’s pantry. Some of our favorite ways to enjoy canned tuna are in tuna mac and cheese, tuna macaroni salad and tuna patties.

Fried tuna tacos ingredient list

canned tuna

For this recipe canned tuna packed in water is best.

Garlic cloves and onion

For adding flavor to the tuna mixture.

Chipotle peppers in adobo

These peppers will add a lovely smoked flavor as well as a little heat to the tuna tacos.

Mayonnaise and lime juice

To add a little creaminess and to balance the spiciness of the peppers.


Adds fresh flavor to the tacos. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, just leave it out.

Salt and black pepper

These are to taste.


For cooking the flavorful tuna mixture and taco shells.

Tacos shells

This recipe uses homemade crunchy taco shells with corn tortillas.

How to make tacos de atún

This recipe calls for 8 homemade taco shells. They’re really easy to make. All you need are corn tortillas and oil.

taco shells on a paper towel lined plate

Now it’s time to start on the tuna filling.

Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Then add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Then add the chipotles and the drained tuna and cook for a few more minutes.

Remove from heat and add the mayo and a few tablespoons of chopped cilantro. Then add the lime juice and stir well.

filling for tacos de atún

Spoon the tuna filling into the taco shells.

taco shell with tuna filling

What to serve with tacos de atún?

You can serve these delicious tacos de atún alongside some fideo seco or espagueti rojo to make it a complete meal.

The tacos can be garnished with some shredded lettuce and guacamole. It’s so good!

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Canned tuna tacos recipe

I really hope you enjoyed today’s easy recipe for tacos de atún or tuna tacos with canned tuna.

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tacos de atún with spaghetti on a blue plate
tuna tacos with spaghetti on a blue plate
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Tacos de Atún (Tuna Tacos)

Tacos de atún are an easy, simple and delicious recipe that come together fast.

Course Main Course
Cuisine latin american
Keyword canned tuna tacos, tacos de atun, tuna tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Carissa


  • 12 oz canned tuna drained
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 2 tbs oil plus more for frying taco shells
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 chipotles in adobo chopped
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 3 tbs cilantro chopped
  • 8 corn tortillas


  1. Make the taco shells and set aside.

  2. Heat up the 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the onion and garlic. Saute for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. And the chopped chipotles and the drained tuna. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and add the mayo, cilantro and lime juice. Stir well.

  5. Spoon the tuna filling into the tacos shells and serve.

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