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Chipotle-Habanero Cheesy Tuna Casserole Recipe


This time of year I begin craving hot comfort foods for dinner but definitely still appreciate easy to make recipes.   I created this recipe to fulfill a need for both spice and comfort.  To be honest I was never a fan of Tuna.  Growing up I never once was served a Tuna casserole!  After being starved in the hospital for hours and hours when my water broke and being given the most wonderful meal of my life which involved a Tuna sandwich, I’ve been addicted. 

Chipotle-Habanero Cheesy Tuna Casserole


3 Cups Elbow Macaroni (or other suitable pasta)
2 Cans Clover Leaf Chipotle Chunk White Tuna* (Do not drain oil)
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup (Ready to Enjoy or Prepare with Milk as directed on can)
2 Cups Kraft Habanero Heat Shredded Cheese** with another 1/2 Cup Reserved

*You can Substitute 2 cans plain white tuna and add a Chipotle pepper finely chopped along with 1 TBSP Olive Oil
**You can Substitute a mix of Pepper Jack, Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses 


1)  Prepare the Pasta as per package directions then drain.

2) Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fehrenheit

3) Mix prepared soup, tuna and 2 cups shredded cheese in casserole dish.

4) Mix in drained pasta and then level out mixture for even cooking.

5)  Top evenly with reserved shredded cheese

6) Bake 30 minutes.  If you prefer a crunchy top allow cheese to brown slightly. (Approx. another 10 minutes)

Serves: 8


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I think this is about to be lunch. I stocked up on chipotle tuna this week, and was torn between attempting to make something asian-inspired with it, or just a good ol' tuna noodle casserole. Happy that you tried it and have posted this recipe - I wasn't sure what else to mix in. For the record, I HATED tuna-anything growing up. Only as an adult did I grow to love it (I think extreme hunger had something to do with the shift for me, too!) Strange how our tastes can change so much, isn't it!

Susan T.

Sunday 22nd of December 2013

I just tried making tuna casserole and mine was too dry. This looks cheesy and perfect!

Jennifer Saarinen

Sunday 3rd of November 2013

This sounds sooooo much better than the plain old tuna casserole I normally make. YUM!

Chandra Christine O'Connor

Saturday 26th of October 2013

looks and sounds delish, sure kicks up a reg boring tuna casserole

Jo-Anne Pfoh

Wednesday 16th of October 2013

We made this and it was a big hit just wanted to let you know


Wednesday 16th of October 2013

That's great to hear Jo-Anne!