Ahi Tuna Tartare (Tártare de Tuná y Chile Guajillo), a quick delicious appetizer that’s wonderfully refreshing! Serve with homemade tortilla chips or store bought.
Tártare de Atún y Chile Guajillo
Ahi Tuna Tartare (Tártare de Atún y Chile Guajillo)
Ahi Tuna Tartare (Tártare de Atún y Chile Guajillo) is a simple yet elegant appetizer that is great to serve anytime. It is most commonly serve with Asian spices and ingredients but here I have used Rick Bayless’s Red Chile-Tuna Tartare recipe to inspire this Ahi Tuna Tartare made with mexican condiments for a little bit of a change on the classic version. Hence, Ahi Tuna Tartare a la Mexicali!
Wonderfully enough I always have plenty of excuses and valid reasons to have Ahi Tuna Tartare. Whether I’m just simply in the mood and selfishly make it for myself. In which case I will make it as a snack. Or having a few friends over for a little bit of a lavish meal and serve it as an appetizer, Ahi Tuna Tartare is always welcomed in my home. The best thing about making this appetizer is, it’s so simple and quick to make. You can pre-prepare this dish or prepare it pretty much right before your guests arrive. You know, assuming you are not being selfish like I can be with it and actually share it with your loved ones!
I serve my Ahi Tuna Tartare on homemade tortilla chips which truthfully are so easy to make. Just cut tortilla wraps into quarters and fry in a skillet or pop into your broiler for a few minutes until golden brown and crispy.
So whether you make this Ahi Tuna Tartare for your next gathering with friends or selfishly for yourself, do it! Make it! Go out and make this quick, simple delicious Mexican appetizer and and enjoy!
Note: The dry guajillo peppers used in this recipe can be found either in the International aisle under the “Mexican” products section in your local supermarket or can be ordered online.
Here’s to another awesome Mexican Appetizer!
Ahi Tuna Tartare (Tártare de Atún y Chile Guajillo), a quick delicious appetizer that's wonderfully refreshing! Serve with homemade tortilla chips or store bought.
- 1 Pound sushi grade (sashimi quality) tuna steaks or fillets cut into small quarter inch pieces
- 4 dry guajillo peppers roasted and then softened in water
- 6 garlic cloves roasted
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about eight limes
- 1/2 of a red onion chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- salt to taste
- 1 package corn tortilla wraps cut into triangle shapes or use store bought tortilla chips
- oil for frying
In a skillet over medium heat add guajillo peppers and roast for a few seconds on each side pressing down with a spatula.
Over medium heat, add peppers to a pot with water. Cook until peppers have softened. About 10-15 minutes.
Roast garlic (in peel) in the skillet for about 10 minutes or until garlic feels soft.
Add peppers, garlic and lime juice to a blender. Add a little water to blend peppers into a puree.
Strain mixture through a mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing down with a spoon to release sauce into bowl.
Add about half a teaspoon of salt to sauce.
- Chop red onion and cilantro.
Slice tuna steaks and cut into quarter inch pieces. Place tuna pieces in a bowl and add sauce, onion and cilantro. Add salt to taste. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate.
- In the meantime, cut corn tortilla into triangle pieces.
Add about 1/2 inch of oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat.
Add a few triangle pieces at a time and cook until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
Continue until all pieces are fried.
Add about a tablespoon of the tuna tartare to tortilla pieces. Enjoy!
- Note: you can also broil tortilla chips for a healthier alternative.
You can also broil tortilla chips for a healthier alternative.
For more delicious Mexican Appetizers made with fish, click here.
Here are a few….
Tilapia Ceviche with Guacamole and Tortilla Chips (this is truly one of my favorite Mexican appetizers!)
Let’s get to making Ahi Tuna Tartare!