This Ahi Tuna Nachos recipe takes just a few minutes worth of work. Beyond being colorful, it's got a great mix of flavors & textures!
I got my normal order - Ahi tuna poke over spiralized zucchini, a bunch of vegetables, topped with their homemade spicy mayo.
And I had an idea: poke nachos!
Sure, it may have been the lack of carbs talking - or the fact that Superbowl talk was in full swing at the time - but the idea of the same basic idea served over crispy chips sounded like the PERFECT snack - or a quick dinner
Unfortunately, my spicy tuna nachos idea turned out to not be a unique one - tuna nachos are apparently a popular dish in Northern Mexico, and show up on a lot of happy hour menus in California and Florida.
And, hey - designing a nacho recipe was the best way to get the next day started, with my husband.
Spoiler: What we came up with was AMAZING, and would work just as well as a fancy-ish dinner for two (would be great with a white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc), as it would be served as an appetizer at your next party.
It was SO good, we’d keep referring to it for the next day or 2, just randomly saying “Those nachos were SO GOOD.”.
... we eat a lot of really good food, it’s just the nature of my career. It’s wild for us to still be obsessing over a dish, days later!
We’re usually too focused on the NEXT amazing meal!
Designing our Ahi Tuna Nachos Recipe
Designing the flavor profile for our original recipe was a lot of fun.
First off, the nacho chips. We knew we wanted a colourful nacho platter, so we decided to go with white tortilla chips.
We later found out that most of the tuna nachos recipes out there start on a base of crispy wonton chips - deep fried wonton wrappers.
The good news? While fried wonton chips aren’t gluten free, it’s easy enough to find safe corn chips.
Stick with the original idea of poke tuna, or do a seared tuna? (Poke!)
Cheese or no? If so, what kind? Shredded, sauce...? (No cheese!)
Which of our favourite sushi toppings would we use? SO many options to choose from!
In the end, we designed a simple, elegant Ahi tuna nacho platter:
White corn chips, purple cabbage, chunks of mango and creamy avocado.
The tuna would get a quick dip in a very simple sauce, and the whole thing would be topped off with sesame seeds and wasabi mayo drizzled over it.
We were NOT prepared for how great it turned out.
While my husband was initially resistant to my idea of red cabbage on nachos, he later commented on how well it went with everything else, and his surprise at his drive to scoop up every last but of cabbage and wasabi sauce.
Augh! So good.
This is going to make it hard to stay on a low carb diet....
This recipe uses simple ingredients that should be easy to find at any larger local grocery store. A few notes:
Because we’re using raw fish on our tuna nachos, it’s important to use sushi grade tuna. It’s tuna that’s been flash frozen to / held at a certain temperature to kill off any existing parasites.
Any raw tuna that’s touted as NOT having been previously frozen is - by definition - NOT sushi grade.
Not sure how common - or accurate - tuna labeled that way is, though. I’ve come across it a couple times, before finding out that food regulations here pretty much render all frozen tuna sushi grade.
Anyway, regulations may be different where you are, so be sure to ask questions.
If you’re buying fresh, previously frozen tuna, you’ll want to know when it was thawed AND use it right away - if you go that way.
Personally, I prefer to buy frozen and have control over - and knowledge of - the thawing process.
I thaw my tuna in the package, in a large bowl of cold water. I’ll keep an eye on it until it’s mostly thawed, then keep it in the fridge for up to a day before use. (But I usually use it within hours, to be extra safe!)
As a note: Slicing clean pieces of tuna is easiest when it’s partially frozen, so you can either re-freeze it for 15-30 minutes before cutting, or just cut before it’s all the way thawed.
In terms of the kind of tuna, I prefer to use ahi tuna for this, mostly because of the colour.
I also love the sushi grade albacore tuna we get - from Skipper Otto - which, IMHO, has the best taste... it’s just not as PRETTY on this nacho plate!
I need this to be gluten free, so I use Coconut Aminos, as it’s what I tend to have on hand.
If you don’t need it to be GF, feel free to use whatever soy sauce you like!
Rounding out this recipe, you will need:
... I just don’t really have anything to add, for these ingredients!
How to Make Ahi Tuna Nachos
The full recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post, here is the pictorial walk through:
In a small bowl, whisk together the wasabi powder and water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Add Mayonnaise, whisk until smooth and well combined.
Cover with plastic and chill until ready to use. Because it’s mayo, you don’t want to leave it out at room temperature any longer than you have to!
Note: Wasabi mayo can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or more - I generally go by the expiry date on the mayo as a worst case scenario, we just never keep it around THAT long!
15 minutes before getting started, place your tuna in the freezer.
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil. (Add a small pinch of salt if your chips are low salt.)
Add tuna to the bowl, toss to coat.
Scatter purple cabbage shreds over the tortillas, top with avocado, mango, jalapeno slices, and green onion.
Scatter tuna over the prepared plate of nachos. Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
Drizzle with the prepared wasabi mayo, serve immediately.
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Spicy Ahi Tuna Nachos with Wasabi Drizzle
- 1 tablespoon Wasabi powder
- 1 tablespoon Water
- ¼ cup Mayonnaise
- ½ lb Sushi grade ahi tuna
- 6 oz White Corn Tortilla Chips
- 1 cup Thinly Sliced Purple Cabbage
- ½-1 Avocado chopped
- ½ Mango peeled and chopped
- ½ - 1 Jalapeno pepper thinly sliced
- 1 Green onion thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon Gluten Free Soy Sauce Coconut Aminos, or Tamari
- 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
- Black sesame seeds
- In a small bowl, whisk together the wasabi powder and water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Add Mayonnaise, whisk until smooth and well combined.
- Cover with plastic and chill until ready to use.
- 15 minutes before getting started, place your tuna in the freezer.
- Make a bed of tortilla chips on your serving plate.
- Scatter purple cabbage shreds over the tortillas, top with avocado, mango, jalapeno slices, and green onion. Set aside.
- Remove tuna from the freezer. Using a very sharp knife, cut tuna into small, bite sized pieces.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil.
- Add tuna to the bowl, toss to coat.
- Scatter tuna over the prepared plate of nachos. Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
- Drizzle with the prepared wasabi mayo, serve immediately.