Chipotle Tuna Mac and Cheese

Chipotle Tuna Mac and Cheese
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  • Recipe Yield: 37

Kids (and adults!) will love this twist on a classic Tuna Mac ‘N Cheese with a spicy kick from chipotle peppers and a southwestern seasoning blend!   Recipe to make 100+ portions is in the downloadable pdf document!


  • 1 pouch (43 oz.) StarKist® Chunk Light Tuna in Water
  • 4 lb. 10 oz. elbow pasta, whole grain
  • 1, 7oz. can Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
  • 1, 106 oz. pouch cheese sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend, Mrs. Dash®
  • ½ cup cilantro, fresh, chopped, EP


  • Prepare pasta: Place 4-inch-deep full size perforated pan inside 4 inch deep solid, full size steamtable pan. Place 2 lbs. 5 oz. of pasta in each pan. Cover completely with water. Steam until pasta is al dente - fully cooked, but firm. Do not overcook.
  • Note: If cooking in very large batches, the kettle or tilt skillet may speed production. CCP: Heat to 135° F or higher.
  • While pasta is cooking, remove chipotle peppers from can and finely chop. Set aside peppers and adobo sauce.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cheese sauce, and undrained tuna. Gently mix until all combined.
  • Add cooked pasta.
  • Pour into 2-inch-deep steamtable pans and bake at 350° F. for 5-8 minutes or until proper internal temperature is reached. (Note: It will take 2 pans for 37 servings and 6 pans for 111 servings.) Using a no. 8 disher, serve 3 scoops for 1 ½ c serving.
  • CCP: Heat to 135° F or higher. CCP: Hold for hot service at 135° F or higher.
  • Rinse cilantro under running water. Drain well, and then chop into small pieces. Just prior to serving, top each pan with ¼ c chopped cilantro.
Servings Per Container: 37 Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving DV%*
Calories 368
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 840mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 300mg 23%
Iron 2.7mg 15%

*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.