Spanish Tuna Pie for Lenten Season

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Try the Spanish Tuna Pie, this is a savory option for lent and Pi Day!

Spanish tuna pie recipe

In Mexico, most of the families embrace the flavors of classic Spaniard cuisine. In my case, my grandpa was from Madrid, so a lot of the meals my grandma would prepare were inspired by the staples of Spanish cuisine.

In this Spanish Tuna Pie recipe, I am using same flavor profile from my grandma’s original bacalao dish but replacing cod with canned tuna for a more accessible and easy option.

Cooking cod or bacalao takes a long time as the classic recipe calls for dry salted cod that requires soaking, pressure cooking, and shredding by hand. While using tuna cuts down on cost and cooking time too.

Get to know the Tuna you buy at the store.

Ingredients for making the Spanish Tuna Pie include canned tuna, tomato sauce, potatoes, and spices

The kind of tuna I am using is wild caught skipjack, a premium tuna that is harvested without impacting the ecosystem avoiding bycatch of other species. For me, this is important and look for brands that follow high-quality standards not only on the product but their fishing practices too.

When buying canned tuna, I recommend to check the labels and learn about the process of how the tuna is caught and harvested. Also pay attention to the ingredients on the can, which should be tuna and not other proteins like soy.

Recently, in Mexico, there was a big scandal about canned soy sold as canned tuna. In the United States, we have higher standards, but it is always a good idea to get informed and read the labels.

Bake the Spanish Tuna Pie, ready in 40 minutes!

Making the Spanish Tuna dish for the pie using a skillet

⁣I love easy recipes, and this Spanish Tuna Pie is the perfect example. The hardest thing will be waiting for the pie to be ready.

The recipe has simple ingredients such as diced potatoes, capers, piquillo peppers, garlic, pickled peppers, olives, and tomato puree. All seasoned with oregano and Latin spices. Cooked for a few minutes in the stove and then using this tuna dish to make the pie.

The Spanish tuna pie is ready in a few minutes

The pie crust is commercial, but you can use your recipe if you have a homemade pie crust for savory applications.

Making Spanish Tuna Pie for Lent
Spanish tuna pie recipe

Spanish Tuna Pie

Chef Adriana Martin
Try the Spanish Tuna Pie; this is a delicious option for lent and Pi Day. This recipe is simple to make and inspired by Grandma’s classic recipe. It has potatoes, capers, piquillo peppers, olives, tomato sauce, spices, and canned tuna. 
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish Cuisine
Servings 6 people


  • 2 cans skipjack tuna
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 white potatoes cleaned, peeled, and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 piquillo pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup manzanilla olives
  • 1 tablespoon pickled red peppers
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon latin spices (sazon latino)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 pie crusts


  • In a skillet saute the potatoes with the garlic. Then add the canned tuna and combine.  Continue cooking and add the piquillo peppers, the capers, the pickled red peppers, and the olives.
  • Season with the spices and add the tomato puree — cook for 10-15 minutes, and set aside. 
  • Use a pie glass pan and add the pie crust. With a fork make some punches for allowing the dough to cook thoroughly. 
  • Add the tuna mix you made, preferably cold or at room temperature. Close the pie with the second layer of pie crust. Beat an egg and add eggwash for a golden finish. 
  • Bake the pie at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden brown. Serve immediately and pair with a salad. 


Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword pie, tuna
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