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Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

A simple spicy tuna salad made with my favorite hot sauce!

Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

This post is sponsored by TABASCO.


The holidays are officially here with Thanksgiving having just passed. There’s nothing like a full Thanksgiving spread with leftovers around for days! But as a spice lover, it never fails that I’ll start craving something spicy about the time the leftovers are gone.

I also want something fresh and relatively healthy after all that heavy food. This simple spicy tuna salad fits the bill. It’s something I make all the time but never bothered to write down the ingredients. I usually just eyeball everything, which you can easily do, too. A little more mayo if you like it creamier or less if you’re watching calories. More TABASCO sauce if you like it spicier or less onion if you’ve got a hot date :) You get the picture.

Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

I use TABASCO sauce on nearly everything. Eggs, a fresh avocado with a little salt and pepper, even on a sandwich! I go through bottles of it so quickly that I stock up when it’s on sale so I never run out.

The TABASCO sauce gives this spicy tuna salad just enough flavor and bite. If you’re a serious spice lover like me, consider adding a thinly sliced Serrano pepper, too.

If I’m serving this spicy tuna salad for friends, I’ll either serve it in a bell pepper “bowl” (as in the photo above” or layer the salad with the chopped red bell pepper and sliced Serrano. There’s no more work involved and it’s a fun way to serve it.

Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

I’d love to hear what things you crave after your big holiday meals! Be sure to snap a pic and tag me so I can see your delicious creations (@thewickednoodle on all social channels).

Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

Spicy Tuna Salad with Bell Peppers

Yield: 0
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Feel free to adjust amounts to your personal taste.


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 t TABASCO sauce, I use original but TABASCO Chipotle Pepper Sauce works well, too
  • 2 cans high-quality tuna
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
  • a squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 thinly sliced Serrano pepper, optional


  1. Mix TABASCO and mayonnaise together in a small mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Optional: Instead of chopping the bell pepper, cut thick slices and serve spicy tuna salad in the middle for a pretty presentation. You can also skip the cherry tomatoes and serve it in a halved, hollowed out medium-sized tomato.
Kristy Bernardo
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