These creative canned tuna recipes help you move beyond sandwiches and casseroles.
Canned tuna is not only budget-friendly, but also a great option for quick and convenient meals. Plus, you only need a few extra ingredients to transform a simple staple like tuna into a delicious dish.
Cost per serving: 74¢
These golden-crusted pockets are easy to make and full of melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Try this tuna recipe: Tuna Empanadas
Cost per serving: 80¢
Good to go in under 25 minutes, you can use any short pasta shape in this recipe. Toss in chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers to acheive veggie variety.
Try this tuna recipe: Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad
Cost per serving: $2.00
Perfect for lunch, you can serve spoonfuls of mango chutney with the wraps for a sweet, spicy kick. Baked potato chips and a pickle add a nice crunch. Try spinach or tomato tortillas for a shot of color and flavor. Whole-wheat tortillas deliver a nutty taste along with fiber and other nutrients.
Try this tuna recipe: Curried Tuna Wraps
Cost per serving: $1.61
This tasty entrée takes just 12 minutes to prepare and cook, and is infinitely versatile. You can swap in tomatoes for the sun-dried tomatoes, or use chicken instead of tuna.
Try this tuna recipe: Italian Tuna Melts
Cost per serving: $1.51
Gently toss pasta, tuna, tomatoes, onion, artichokes, olives, capers and parsley together and you have a tasty meal in minutes.
Try this tuna recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $3.31
This recipe can be served warm or at room temperature, but it's also great cold the next day for a light lunch. Make it even tastier by serving this tabbouleh with a toasted pita, buttered and lightly rubbed with garlic.
Try this tuna recipe: Tuna Tabbouleh Salad
Cost per serving: 52¢
Get a taste of Italy for less than $1 per serving! Take advantage of fresh spring garlic for this recipe. Look for small, firm bulbs. Skin color ranges from white to purple.
Try this tuna recipe: Tuscan-Style Tuna with White Beans
Cost per serving: $1.61
To make this even more like a classic Niçoise salad, hard-boil 6 eggs, quarter them and add to each portion before serving. For a healthier dish, up the fiber and nutrients by using whole-wheat pasta instead.
Try this tuna recipe: Niçoise Pasta Salad
Here are a few quick tips to help you turn a simple can of tuna into a delicious meal:
Cost per serving: $2.54
Eat this as a meal, or serve in cherry tomatoes for the perfect party appetizer. Simply cut a small sliver off the bottome of each tomato so it stays upright, and hollow it with a small melon baller.
See recipe: Tuna and Avocado-Stuffed Tomatoes
Cost per serving: $1.48
Swap in chickpeas or black beans for the cannellini if you have them in your pantry.
See recipe: Penne with Tuna, Capers and Beans