Green Chile Tuna Patties



A few years ago I was visiting a girlfriend who had just had a baby. Four days in to my visit we hadn’t had a chance to go grocery shopping because we were so consumed with a newborn.  I raided her kitchen and used whatever she had to make us dinner. I was surprised how good these actually turned out and have changed this recipe many times depending on what I have in my pantry and refrigerator.  I’ve used bread crumbs, crackers, Panko crumbs or Stove Top stuffing. I’ve also added onion, garlic, bell pepper, or celery. The one ingredient that doesn’t change is the green chile. Fresh roasted green chile is the best, however, canned works just as well. I find myself making these a few times during Lent.


What you will need:

12 oz tuna (if using canned – drain liquid)

1 cup bread crumbs (if mixture is too wet you can always add more)

1  40z can chopped green chiles

1 tomato (diced)

Other options – chopped onion, celery, bell pepper

1 egg

1tbsp fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

12 oz tuna (drained)


1 cup Panko crumbs (or any type of bread crumbs)


1 4oz can of chopped green chiles


1 small tomato (diced)


Mix all ingredients together. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (at this point you can also add onion, bell pepper, celery, or garlic)


Taste the mixture and add more salt, pepper or add any other seasoning you’d like.


Add 1 egg. Once egg is fully incorporated in to mixture, form small patties. (if mixture is too wet, add a little more bread crumbs)


Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in pan over medium heat and add tuna patties.


Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.


The patties turn out delicious! I have made them smaller and served them as appetizers. I’ve also served them on a bed of spinach and baby greens or with side of brown rice and steamed vegetables.




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