Tuna Dip (Dip de Atún)

by Erica Dinho on December 3, 2009

Tuna Dip 001I always have tuna cans in my pantry because tuna is one of my favorite foods to use for a quick and simple lunch. Sometimes I even just place the tuna on a plate, add chopped tomato, salt, pepper and squeezed lime juice, and that is my lunch!

This tuna dip is an easy and simple appetizer and was popular at my family parties in Colombia. We would serve it with an assortment of raw vegetables or spread it on delicious crostini.

This is a great party dip that you can make a couple of hours ahead of time. Enjoy!



  • 2 (5 oz) Cans tuna, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup crème fraiche o crema de leche
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dip de Atun 007


  1. Place all the ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle fresh parsley on top. Serve with crostini or fresh raw vegetables.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Olga December 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I feel the same about canned tuna: it’s my “go to” when I have nothing else in the fridge.

The dip sounds great!


2 Adriana December 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Hello Erica, this recipe looks yummi and just in time for the holiday parties. I have a question though, is crème fraiche or crème fresca same as “Crema de Leche”?

Great recipes!


3 Erica December 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Adriana- Crema de Leche.


4 kisscali December 3, 2009 at 12:50 PM

me encanta el atun y me encanta la receta felicidades por ella ,gracias


5 Sook December 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Ooh, Erica, this looks fantastic! I like to eat tuna sometimes for lunch too, usually just a sandwich but this one looks so delicious!


6 Oysterculture December 3, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I love the sounds of this – it looks so tasty, and I’ve learned to really love tuna – what a wonderful healthy snack!


7 Erica December 3, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Thank you guys for the comments!!!!!


8 Simply Life December 3, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Yum, I don’t eat tuna often because my husband doesn’t like it but this reminds me how much I do enjoy it! Oh it looks great!


9 Sarah Naveen December 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM

That sounds easy to make..and looks fabulously yummy..


10 La Mas Linda December 3, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Erica this looks amazing, I really love it:) Question: where can I purchase the crema de leche? Mexican market maybe?


11 Erica December 3, 2009 at 10:50 PM

La mas Linda- You can buy crema de leche in any Latin market or you can buy creme fraiche in American supermarkets.


12 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie December 3, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Tuna dip sounds wonderful, a great idea as I also always have a can of tuna around!


13 Jhonny Walker December 3, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Sounds lovely..all my favorite flavors go into it! Awesome…and simple :)


14 monicajane December 4, 2009 at 12:35 AM

that made me hungry…it’s too late at night to eat though…perhaps I should do something other than read cooking blogs…


15 Sophie December 4, 2009 at 2:28 AM

Indeed, this dip looks very feastful!!

I so love this easy yet so tasty tuna dip! Yum!


16 Joanne December 4, 2009 at 7:07 AM

I have never made a dip for tuna but I bet this would be awesome on a toasted bagel! The perfect brunch treat.


17 Erica December 4, 2009 at 7:44 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site!!!!!!


18 karen December 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM

This sounds wonderful – I’m a tuna lover, too! :)


19 doggybloggy December 4, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I could eat this all by myself. what a nice simple recipe and my son loves tuna so I think I might spring this on him!


20 marta September 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

do you use tuna in water OR tuna in oil?


21 Erica September 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

In water


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