Queso Tuna Melt

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This is just beyond ridiculous.

And I mean ridiculous.

You guys, I googled it to see if this was a popular combo because I’d never thought or heard of it before, and I think I invented it. I really think I did.

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You should have seen me though, trying to come up with this. I’ve been wanting to make a tuna melt fer thee lawngest tahm, so when I remembered my leftover sausage cheese dip that was accidentally in my mouth at the time, I thought, “oh! this it it! this is my chance! my chance in life! my chance to thrive! to soar! to beam! to fly like the baby americus eagle that I am! and to squeeze in a quick pic of my new hair all trickery like!”

But listen to how dumb I am. I was making it way too complicated. I had this vision of the traditional melt. You know, cheese MELTED over the tuna. Where the queso would be like, draping the tuna. Like a tuna melt. And so that meant I needed to do something with the tuna fish so that it wasn’t dry and depressed. Do I mix in yogurt? Ew, no no no. Mayo? Seriously, please stop. Mustard? H-u-u-u-u-u-r-l.

OMG. THE CHEESE DIP. THAT’S IT. I mix the cheese dip WITH the tuna fish and they’ll become one in matrimony from this hour forward until digestion death do they part in my small intestines.

Oh don’t look at me like that.

But I ern’t dern! Let’s wilt some baby spinach for an added layer of tongue velvet. (and nutrients, blah blah)

And then we’ll arrange it on some toasted English muffins like a good girl.

And then we’ll take a shoehorn and plop mounds of warm queso tuna on top of each muffin half and stand back and enter a giggle fit because seriously THIS IS SO RIDICULOUS.

Ridiculously yummy.

Queso Tuna Melt:

What it took for 2 halves:

* 1/3 cup sausage cheese dip (or less if you’re already freaked out)
* 1 whole grain English muffin, split and toasted
* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 cups baby spinach
* 1 can albacore tuna, drained
* cilantro or parsley for garnish

Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the spinach and wilt, 2 minutes, IF that.

If you’re using leftover cheese dip, just heat up a little bit in the microwave. The dump the tuna fish into the cheese dip and stir to combine. You’re already laughing.

Arrange the wilted greens on each muffin half and top with a good mound of queso tuna.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Deaaaad serious.

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24 Responses to Queso Tuna Melt

  1. marla September 26, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    AWESOME!! Save some for me for lunch please :)

  2. j3nn September 26, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Yeah… ridiculously YUMMY! I love queso, and tuna, but never thought about combining the two. Love it! And want it, like now. :)

  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish September 26, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGG i love the hair! you’ve re-sparked my desire to have cute bangs – cowlicks be damned!

  4. Ale September 26, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Haha, I love how you got tuna out of “depression”!!!

  5. Heather September 26, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Fun fact: the first ‘meal’ my fiance (soon to be husband, 10 days woot woot!) cooked for me was tuna melts. Out of this world. I’m all for the queso on everything campaign!

  6. claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 26, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    hahah did you invent it then?

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    HA! You are just too funny! I love your hair, super cute bangs, wish I could pull that off!
    This is way better than any tuna melt I have ever seen, you better get on that patent!

  8. Julia September 26, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I’m now craving this for dinner.
    Your hair = amazing! Well, you could have crooked bangs and it’d still look fab on you!

  9. Katie September 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Pure genius right there. PURE, I said.

  10. Cassie September 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Girl, this is ridiculous in the best way possible.

  11. Ashley@BakerbyNature September 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Your pictures stun me, Bev! This needs to be in my mouth now!

  12. Ashley September 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I love tuna! This recipe is absoltely fantastic! Thanks

  13. nicole b. September 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Shut up. You had me at queso. You had me at queso.

    -Renee Zellweger, Jerry Maguire

    • Bev Weidner September 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Nooooow I totally have to watch this tonight!

  14. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Your blogs are soooo funny to read. This invention looks delicious…thanks for sharing the yummyyyyyness!

  15. Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ve never liked tuna much, but I thiiiiiiiink I could make an exception if it’s smothered in queso.

  16. Deliciously Organic September 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I must try this!! My daughter will love it!

  17. Sues September 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Um, yes!! I LOVE tuna melts, but always have to make them myself because I’m wary about eating restaurant tuna melts. Ha. Definitely trying this one!!

  18. Aimee @ ShugarySweets September 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Gorgeous. Love all things tuna!

  19. SeattleDee September 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Drat! out of tuna, but this might work with some salad shrimp that are hanging out in the freezer – though queso and a spoon sound just fine and a lot faster.

  20. Ali, Wild Planet Foods October 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    WOW! This looks AMAZING! Had to share with our Facebook fans :-)

  21. Tracey Evans @cookingwithloveblog October 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I don’t know how I missed this! Oh, cheese heaven! :)

  22. Lisa Chouinard November 4, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I tried this yesterday when I was looking for a way to use up leftover queso + behind on grocery shopping and my boyfriend and I loved it! He topped his on rice and I ate mine with crackers. Easy dinner!

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