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Titaina Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins


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"I had this at a tapas bar in Spain way back and was able to figure out how to mimic it. It's an easy way to clean out the fridge and pantry. And, perfect for a low carb diet. I was introduced to this as a tapa. But you could always pair it with a salad or other veggie side dish for dinner."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the red and green bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until wilted and soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and continue to cook and stir for another 15 minutes. Mix in the tuna, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 15 more minutes. Stir in the pine nuts, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 26, 2006

I was looking for something unique and totally devourable for a party last weekend...This recipe was a hit. I've never prepared a dish that disappeared so quickly. (And I doubled the recipe!) I took the advice of another reviewer and served these on slices of my favorite baguette, drizzled lightly with olive oil, topped with the Titaina and then toasted briefly under the broiler. The only adjustment I made to the topping was to add a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar, which I think really brought out the complex flavors of such a simple dish. I used a large can of albacore tuna and fire roasted tomatoes from my local organic grocer. Still, no one could believe that anything came from a can...not to mention that I put cinnamon on tuna :)Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 06, 2007

Mediocre, no one ate it at my Oscar party. Not terrible, but not very good either.


29 Ratings

Jan 17, 2007

this is very good with a few tweaks. Kept all proportions the same, but used jarred roasted red peppers, 1 jalapeno for a bit of zip, fresh chopped cilantro,and garnished w/some oil-cured black olives. I couldn't see the sense in cooking this for as long as stated, unless it is supposed to be the consistency of a chili sauce, maybe? Never having this before and no posted pic, I didn't know if that was what the consistency was supposed to be, but preferred it less 'mushy'. Added the drained tomatoes after sauteeing the veggies, and added the spices; threw in the tuna and cilantro at the very end. When I tasted this, the cinnamon was very apparent and did not meld well with the tuna. It needed some citrus for the sake of the tuna. I didn't have any fresh lemons to garnish with, so added 3 packages of True Lemon(dried real lemon that no kitchen should be without) This drastically improved the flavor! the tuna stood out, and it subdued the cinnamon, and added no sour taste, only the taste of lemon zest. I would only prefer this hot if it was going to be served over pasta(which would be a great Lenten dish) but instead, liked it at room temp to serve w/fresh baked savory bread. thanks for the recipe that can be tweaked to taste. Super quick and easy and can use your imagination for a variety of ways to serve it.

Aug 10, 2007

Was skeptical about making this at first, but boy am I glad I did! Visually, it wasn't appealing to me and the thought of cinnamon and nutmeg in tuna sort of made me gag :) Am so glad I took the chance. Tweaked recipe a bit by using a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles. Added really nice but not overpowering kick. Chopped up a roma tomato since the Rotel can was only 10 oz. Also squeezed in a wee bit of fresh lemon juice and some balsamic vinegar which another reviewer recommended. Also followed her recommendation to serve on oven toasted baguette slices with olive oil. Also had sea salt crackers, but the crunchy bread was the best My husband absolutely loved it. Will definitely make again and again.

Jun 12, 2008

For years I've tried to replicate the filling of another spanish dish: Empanada Gallega. Well, not anymore, this is it!. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh, by the way, we had this with bread and warm green beans mixed with minced fresh garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and feta cheese.

Jun 24, 2006

I spread this on slices of a round French loaf, put some salad on the side, and we ate it all up! My husband was amazed at how good it was, and he said he never would have guessed it was made with tuna, especially canned tuna. It's a keeper!

Jan 05, 2007

Made this for New Years Eve party. It was really good! Everyone loved it!

Sep 09, 2006

Very intersting spice blend makes this a amazing tapas. What a nice spin on canned tuna!


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  • Calories
  • 141 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 13.1 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 182 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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