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spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog

spicy tuna tartare in nacho form

I have a mild obsession with spicy tuna.  If you share a similar enthusiasm, you also need to check out this spicy tuna tartare + avocado stacks recipe.  In the meantime, these spicy tuna tartare nachos will more than satisfy your cravings.

First, the wonton chips are baked, so there’s less guilt involved when eating these nachos.  Mix a little olive oil and freshly squeezed lime juice together in a shallow dish (yes, they don’t get along very well.  I know that.  But if you use a pastry brush to soak up a little bit of both liquids, it’s heavenly on top of these chips!)  

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog

Sprinkle a little salt and white sesame seeds on top of the wonton chips, then bake them at 350 F for about 10-12 minutes.  They turn a gorgeous golden color, crisp up to perfection, and keep in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.  Simple, quick, and can be made ahead of time.  First win.

Secondly, mix the sriracha with your favorite mayo (mine is currently Duke’s).  Squeeze a touch of fresh lime juice into this mixture to add a touch of brightness and acidity.  Taste the sauce, then season with salt to adjust to your liking.  This can be made up to two days ahead of time, too.  Another simple, quick, made in advance recipe.  Win number two!

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog

Finally, mix the tuna with a bunch of awesome flavors to create the *star* of the show.  Always use sushi grade tuna for these nachos, because we aren’t actually cooking the tuna.  The lime juice “cooks” the tuna, but we aren’t using a ton of lime juice here.  The grocery store across the street from our place sells a five ounce cut of sushi grade tuna for about $6, so it’s totally doable.  The tuna mixture can be made about an hour ahead of time to let the flavors blend together, so that’s our third and final huge win.

To assemble the nachos, scatter the wonton chips across a platter (or plate) to cover the entire surface.  (I strategically place the tuna chunks on top of the nachos for photos, but you can just scatter the tuna across the chips as you please.)  Fresh avocado is so good with these nachos, specifically because the creamy texture with the crispy wonton chips and delicate tuna goes so well together.  Slice and scatter some beautiful avocado across the nachos, too.  Lastly, let the sriracha mayo come to a warmer temperature, so it’s easier to drizzle across the nachos.  Then toss some chopped green onions over the top (white parts / light green parts, preferably), and finish with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.  GORGEOUS.

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog

Serve these spicy tuna tartare nachos for date night in, girls night in, or for a solo dinner at home.  They’re also really good with a variety of white wines, so happy hour is another ideal match for them.  I’ve listed some of my favorite wine pairings for you to check out, too!  

wine pairings for spicy tuna tartare nachos

:: Sauvignon Blanc.  (USA / South Africa / New Zealand)  >> I know these Sauvignon Blanc options are all across the board.  All are usually pretty acidic, so they cut the richness of both the tuna and the avocado.  Sauvignon Blancs from the US or South Africa tend to have a richness and acidic balance that is super food friendly!  But truthfully, we are diehard Marlborough (New Zealand) fans because of that tartness and grapefruit notes in the wine.  It’s an awesome citrus complement to the spicy tuna nachos, so it’s also an option!

:: Grüner Veltliner.  (Austria)  >> Another killer white wine with high acidity.  (The acidity is key when pairing with food!)  Acidic wine acts as a palate cleanser, so when the tuna and avocado coat your mouth with richness and heat, Grüner Veltliner is there to clear it out so you can keep eating, and ensures that each bite is as enjoyable as the last!

:: Sparkling Rosé.  (France) >> Talk about food friendly wines.  Think brunch, light bites, spicy foods, chicken, pork … you name it, sparkling rosé will probably love it.  Again with the high acidity, the tuna and avocado will love this option.  Plus there’s bubbles in sparkling rosé, and that’s always a crowd pleaser!

:: Albariño.  (Spain) >> This is the wine we drank with these nachos the first time I tested them.  High acidity makes it a great food companion, and the citrus and salty notes play perfectly with the creamy avocado and spicy tuna.  It’s also super affordable, and you can easily pick up a bottle for about $10 (sometimes less!)

<3     Sara

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog
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spicy tuna tartare nachos

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy tuna tartare, spicy tuna tartare nachos
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 256.5kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $10

Ingredients

for baked wonton chips ::

  • 12 wonton wrappers (3 1/2" square size) cut into triangles
  • 1 Tbsp. good olive oil
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • flaky sea salt
  • white sesame seeds

for sriracha sauce ::

  • 1 Tbsp. really good mayonnaise I suggest Dukes or Hellman's
  • 1 tsp. sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

for spicy tuna tartare ::

  • 5 ounces sushi grade ahi tuna
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots about one small shallot
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 a lime, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sriracha or to taste
  • small pinch ginger powder
  • salt to taste, if desired

additional toppings ::

  • 1 avocado cut into slices or chunks
  • black sesame seeds
  • chopped scallions
  • fresh jalapeño slices

Instructions

for baked wonton chips ::

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Slice the wonton wrappers in half, from corner to corner, to create two equal-sized triangles from each one. Place the wonton triangles onto a baking sheet lined with a baking rack.
  • Mix the olive oil and lime juice together in a shallow dish. (They won't get along very well, but that's okay.) Use a pastry brush to dab both liquids, then gently paint the top of each wonton triangle. (Alternatively, just spray the triangles with baking spray, then squeeze some lime across the top of them.)
  • Sprinkle all coated triangles with flaky sea salt, then with white sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool.

for sriracha sauce ::

  • Mix mayonnaise, sriracha, and lime juice together in a small bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

for spicy tuna tartare ::

  • Cut tuna into small, 1/2" cubes. Place tuna into a large mixing bowl, followed by shallots, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, and sriracha. Use a fork (or your hands) to gently toss the tuna in the other ingredients, until evenly coated. Gently sprinkle in powered ginger, and toss to coat again. Taste the tuna mixture, and add a pinch of salt if you find it necessary.

to build nachos ::

  • Scatter baked wonton chips across a plate to cover the surface. Top with tuna, then with avocado. Drizzle sriracha sauce across the top, then finish with a sprinkling of chopped scallions (green onions) and black sesame seeds. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 256.5kcal

 

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  1. Reply

    5 stars
    Wow! Wonton chips are such a creative take on tortilla chips! This recipe is so clever. I love fancying it up for my girls’ nights in!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Tara! I LOVE the wonton chips! Especially with the hint of lime on them. This is such an easy, fancy idea for girls’ night, for sure!

  2. Reply

    5 stars
    Seeing this post made me so happy! How original and different from anything I’ve ever seen. Love the wonton chips and the tartare is perfect! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you SO much, Elaine!! You completely made my day! I’ve been holding onto this idea for so long … I’m so glad to finally have it on the blog so everyone else can enjoy, too. I really, really hope you get to make it soon! And please let me know what you think if you do! <3

  3. 5 stars
    These nachos look amazing! And I’m LOVING the use of wonton wrappers as the actual chips! So making this!!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Lori! I love the wontons, too! They’re SO crunchy and delicious!

    • Eden
    • July 23, 2019
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    5 stars
    All of my favorite ingredients in one dish.. these nachos are SO good!! The green onions, avocado and the sriracha with a pinch of ginger is literally everything!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Eden!! It’s all of my favorite ingredients, too! And I LOOOVE the tiny pinch of ginger – it makes such a difference, and really brings everything together! <3

  4. Reply

    5 stars
    I would eat tuna everyday if I could. These spicy tuna tartare nachos will make the perfect date night at home for me and my husband.

    1. Reply

      You and me both, Kelly. Tuna is one of my favorite foods, especially when it’s spicy! And we did this twice for date night at home! So perfect!

  5. Reply

    5 stars
    I LOVE your twist on nachos with the wanton wrappers and the tuna tartare is a delicious idea for summer. I am so making this. Pinning for later <3

  6. Reply

    What a delightful recipe! What a great idea! This looks so refreshing! Perfect for summer, too!

    1. Reply

      5 stars
      Thank you so much, Leslie! It’s so perfect for summer!

  7. Reply

    5 stars
    Im a huge fan of tuna tartare! This is just delicious and your instructions are spot on! Such a perfect meal by the pool for the hubs and I/

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Eileen! I’m SUCH a huge fan, too! And eating this by the pool sounds like a perfect way to enjoy a summer afternoon. Love it!

  8. Reply

    5 stars
    I love trying new creative nachos! These ones look amazing and what a great idea to add tuna to it! Saving the recipe!

    1. Reply

      Yay! I love nachos in every form! And since these are a little lighter, there’s not as much guilt when eating them! I hope you get to try them soon, Veronika!

  9. Reply

    5 stars
    I had already pinned this recipe because it looks so perfect for this time of year! Gorgeous recipe. And I’m dying to try the wonton chips. I always use tortillas, but you gave me the best alterntive.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Paula! I’m so glad you have it pinned! And the wonton chips are SO much fun and so crunchy! Especially with a little lime juice on them … they’re so good in these nachos!

  10. 5 stars
    That sounds absolutely delicious! Love the spicy tuna, the avocado, and the crispy chips brushed with lime and olive oil! Flavor after flavor and texture!

    1. Reply

      Yes! ALL of the flavors and textures! These nachos are really one of my favorite snacks. I hope you get to try them soon!!

  11. Reply

    5 stars
    My mouth is drooling for those! what a neat idea! Will be making these very soon for sure.

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