Who knew tuna dip could be so darn tasty! Well, once you make this buffalo tuna dip once, it’s sure to be a recipe you’ll turn to again and again. With less than 10 ingredients and about 10 minutes to make, it’s not only easy to prepare, it’s creamy, savoury and simply delicious!
It’s no surprise that I love creamy dips (buffalo chicken dip happens to be one of my favourites) and, well, spicy or buffalo-flavoured foods are at the tip-top of things I love to eat.
Today, though, I’m mixing things up with a tuna dip. And, guess what? There’s some hidden veggies in there for a tiny bit of texture and goodness!
I was debating on making a cold tuna dip or heating it up with some melted cheese on top (I opted for the former). Hands down (for me anyway), this dip doesn’t need to be heated and is perfect the way it is. Plus, I just love how quickly it comes together.
I wouldn’t say this this tuna dip is overly tuna-y. More than anything, I find that the buffalo flavour comes through. Bottom line though? It’s simply delicious.
How To Make Buffalo Tuna Dip
Here’s an overview of how to make buffalo tuna dip (refer to the recipe card below for full recipe details):
- Add softened cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, cayenne pepper and black pepper to a food processor.
- Process until well combined and everything is nice and creamy.
- Add well-drained canned tuna, green onion, celery and carrot.
- Use the Pulse feature on your food processor to just mix everything together. You don’t want to overmix things here because you do want some texture in your seafood dip. Now simply transfer the dip to a serving dish and drizzle with a little buffalo sauce and a sprinkling of green onion. There ya have it, easy buffalo tuna dip ready to be devoured!
Type of Canned Tuna To Use
I prefer to use canned tuna packed in water (versus oil). The cream cheese is rich enough in this dip. If you only have tuna packed in oil, though, no worries. You can totally use that! Just give it a rinse under some fresh, cold water and drain it well before using.
Make It Extra Spicy
This buffalo dip isn’t overly spicy (in my opinion), but if you do want more spice, feel free to add in some more ground cayenne pepper to taste.
And, of course, the variety of buffalo sauce you use could impact how spicy your seafood dip ends up being. Overall, I don’t find buffalo sauce too spicy, but if you want to amp up the spice level, you could also add a drizzle or two of a spicier hot sauce to the mix.
Serving The Dip
I love pairing buffalo tuna dip with tortilla chips but veggie sticks or crackers would even work. If I’m being honest here, those things are just methods to get the dip into my pie hole. Ha!
This dip is also delicious served on crackers or endive cups (basically fill endive leaves with the dip).
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Buffalo Tuna Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (a 250-gram package)
- ½ cup buffalo sauce, plus more to drizzle over
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna, well-drained (I used flaked light tuna/skipjack in water)
- 2 stalks green onion, sliced (plus more for garnish)
- ½ rib celery, sliced thin
- ½ large carrot, peeled and grated
- Place cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a food processor and process until smooth and combined.
- Add the tuna, green onion, celery and carrot and use the Pulse feature to incorporate the ingredients into the dip (don't overmix because you want some texture).
- Transfer the dip to a serving dish and top with a drizzle of buffalo sauce and sprinkling of green onion, if desired. Serve and enjoy!Note: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3 to 4 days. When taking it right out of the fridge, I like to let it sit for about 10 minutes before enjoying just to take the little bit of chill off.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
Tried this recipe?
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What a great idea using tuna in this dip! I think my kids would love this with carrot sticks!
David @ Spiced
What a cool idea to use tuna instead of chicken for this dip! I absolutely love buffalo chicken dip, and we’ve been known to make it a meal in our house – sshh, our secret! 🙂 I’ll have to try this tuna version out soon!!