Spicy Keto Tuna Cups are the Perfect Bite Sized Snack Any Time of Day
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Keto tuna melt muffins are perfect for snacking.
Have a can of tuna in the pantry? Make tuna cups!
Consider mixing up a batch of these easy spicy keto tuna melt egg muffin cups for a perfect low-carb snack or to be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. This is such a genius way to eat tuna, and even folks who aren’t necessarily huge fans of canned tuna fish will still likely LOVE this idea.
After your tuna cups are done baking, you’ll have a flavorful keto tuna melt muffin with a slightly eggy texture on the inside, but a nice cheese crust around the edges. I feel like this is kind of similar to a no-crust quiche but a bit heartier and filling at the same time, too.
Spicy Keto Tuna Cups
yield: 7 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 25 MINUTES
total time: 35 MINUTES
Spicy cheese and tuna are melted together in a muffin tin for a delicious keto meal idea.
- 5 oz. can of tuna fish, drained
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- dash of salt & pepper
- sliced jalapeños from a jar (we used 21 slices)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a silicone muffin tin.
In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, eggs, sour cream, mayo, onions, cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Fill the muffin pan with the mixture, evenly. Top each muffin with a few slices of jalapeños. This batch made 7 muffins.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
Yield: 7 tuna cups, Serving Size: 1 tuna cup
Amount Per Serving: 172 Calories | 15.1g Fat | 1.4g Total Carbs | 0.2g Fiber | 0.6g Sugar | 8.4g Protein | 1.2g Net Carbs
Tips for making the BEST spicy tuna cups:
- If you’re looking for a great all-purpose muffin and cupcake pan, this silicone one works great, is non-stick, and is easy to wash!
- I highly recommend going for a spicy taste for these tuna cups! Shredded pepper jack cheese and sliced jalapeños are an awesome pair for lots of added flavor in this recipe (it works out perfectly with the sharp cheddar and tuna). If you don’t want spicy, just nix the jalapeños and spicy cheese, and use all cheddar or a cheese of your choice.
- Keep these tuna cups in mind for keto food prep! These would be a perfect make-ahead lunch or dinner idea and can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
- As one reader suggested, these could also be yummy with canned chicken instead of tuna if desired!
It’s basically a keto tuna salad in a convenient muffin cup form!
How YUMMY! We absolutely LOVED these spicy tuna melt cups, and I already had the simple ingredients on hand. I also appreciate how easy this idea is to mix together and bake, and the leftovers warm up nicely.
No-fuss healthy keto recipes like these are so handy to have!
Check out what my Hip2Keto teammate Jenna had to say after baking these keto tuna melt muffins:
“These turned out fantastic! I love the flavor, especially with the jarred jalapeños and cheeses! Also, these reheat nicely the next day in the air fryer. My daughter and I had these two days in a row for lunch with a salad and it sure made for the perfect lunch. I love the pan suggested for this, it worked out beautifully!” – Jenna
These easy keto taco stuffed breadsticks are addicting!
Thanks! One thing that could be helpful is if you’re able to add abbreviations like NF for Nut Free in the title. Doing keto is hard in our family due to nut allergy. But we’ve been doing it for 2 years!
You’re so welcome! Thanks for the request! I will be sure to pass that along to the team!
How would these freeze?
I think they’d do well! Especially warmed in the oven again 👍
Thanks. These were good and I did freeze for lunches
You’re so welcome, Nichole! Great idea to freeze them!
Think I can use fresh jalapeños instead of jarred? I’m out of pickled and have tons of fresh peppers
Sure! You can use fresh jalapeños if you prefer, Tae.
these were delicious! I was wondering if I could try making them with chorizo sometime. Without the tuna of course, but everything else the same. I think I would put half the egg and cheese mixture, then the fried chorizo and then the other half of the mixture.
Well that sounds delicious! Yum!
mine were pretty wet – not sure if it was all the oils from cheese or if I did something wrong?
Did you drain your tuna really well, lindaromero?
Do you still need to spray the pan if you use silicone muffin pan
When I use silicone pans, I do not spray them. Hope this helps, Lori!
Can you substitute canned crab meat for the tuna?
sure – that sounds wonderful too!
These are one of my absolute favorite things to eat, Keto or not!!! They are creamy and delicious. I eat them warm or cold and they are fantastic either way. Thanks for sharing!!!!
Yay! You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for the feedback, Lindalee! I’m so glad you have been enjoying them!
These are so good. I skipped the jalapeños because I didn’t have any & sometimes they upset my stomach (ulcers) I used shallots & not onion.
Oh thanks for sharing Lisa!
Are these egg-like? Or do they taste like egg?
Yes, but heartier than a quiche.
These are absolutely amazing. I have issues with onion so I substituted celery for extra crunch. One of our absolute go to muffins now. Thank you
Hi Jackie! I love the idea of adding celery❤ So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Delicious also with canned chicken
oh good!! Yes, I agree. Thanks Julie!
These are delicious, and just the thing for doing keto during Lent!
Oh perfect! Awesome to hear you’ve been loving them!
Did this with mozzarella, because it was the only cheese I had on hand. Didn’t use jalapeños because we didn’t have them. Baked 25 mins, then broiled for 2. I think it needed that extra time because of the mozzarella. Dipped it in franks red hot, and was amazing. Even my 2 year old was begging for it.
Great modifications, Matt L! I’m so glad to hear you and your 2 year old loved them!
Was wondering if I shred the cheese myself would the carb count go down???
Hi Kristy! You can avoid any added carbs by shredding your own cheese. https://hip2keto.com/tips/reasons-to-shred-your-own-cheese-tips-tricks/
I had a big can of chicken from Costco so I used that, doubled the recipe, didn’t have jalapenos so I added a little can of green chilies, and it was delicious!! The only silicon muffin pan I had was a big one, the doubled recipe made exactly 6 of the big muffins, perfect for a meal size. I did have to bake it about 20 minutes longer because of the bigger muffin pan.
Sounds delicious! Thanks for letting us know how yummy yours turned out!
I was cruising Pinterest and saw this recipe. It jumped out at me and I had to make it right then. I didn’t have any tuna but had canned salmon so I substituted that. I, brilliantly if I do say so 😉) decided to make a double recipe even though I’d never tried them. My husband and I grabbed ine as soon as they were cool enough to eat and his comment was, “I want these every day.” So delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it.
You’re so welcome, Sharon! So glad both you and your husband loved these with salmon!