Tuna-&-Tomato Mac & Cheese

March/April 2011

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (46 votes)

Tuna mac & cheese takes a trip to the Southwest with spicy tomato and festive blue tortilla chips on top. Canned tomatoes with green chiles and ancho chile powder add a peppery kick, but if you like, you can keep it mellow by using a 14-ounce can of drained petite diced tomatoes and mild chili powder.

Tuna-&-Tomato Mac & Cheese

8 Reviews for Tuna-&-Tomato Mac & Cheese


This recipe was great, however I did add some sautéed onion, garlic, red bell pepper and corn. I used a dash of regular chili powder and crushed red peppers. Also I didn't blend the cottage cheese, seemed pointless. It was delish, even my 2 yr old gobbled it up.

Simple Comfort Food

I loved this dish. I used chipotle pepper powder and pepper jack cheese because I love spicy food. It was quick and filling without being overly greasy. I will definitely make this again!

Great use of canned tuna, loved the cottage cheese swap
Just spicy enough

I made this with canned chicken (which I accidentally opened instead of the tuna) and it was great! The cottage cheese blends with the other cheeses perfectly to make a very smooth sauce. It was just spicy enough without being too spicy. Next time I might omit the salt, since there's plenty already with all the cheese and the canned meat. This recipe makes a lowly can of chunk chicken into a pretty decent dinner.

easy, tasty
kids compared it to tuna helper (they eat that at their dads)

I used the ground ancho pepper instead of "ground ancho chile powder" and it wasn't spicy enough. Substituting regular chile powder may have given in the zip it needed. It wasn't bad by any means, and my lower rating may be due to not using what it called for.


I used Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Tomatoes with the Chiles. I omitted the adobo stuff, since I can never find it. The sauce was delicious, and everything came together wonderfully. The flavor of the tuna was not overwhelming, and the creaminess of the cheesey sauce just added to it. It was kind of like tuna noodle casserole, but with a little bit of a kick. It was even better the next day!

Tasty, rather quick

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