During quarantine, we have a lot of time, and not a lot of resources. That’s why I’m sharing with you this recipe of Chilean Stuffed Tomatoes (or as we call it, Tomates Rellenos). This pescatarian dish only requires four ingredients, it’s super easy to make, and is absolutely delicious!
All you’re going to need are some fresh tomatoes and tuna salad! The basic ingredients for tuna salad are just tuna, mayo, salt & pepper. When making Tomates Rellenos, you can add all different kind of veggies to your tuna salad! Often, my family has added corn to the tuna salad going into our Tomates Rellenos. Today, I used a bit of diced cucumbers because it was what I had handy.
That’s the beauty of this dish! You can make it entirely personalized. If you don’t like tomatoes, you can stuff a bell pepper instead. Or maybe you don’t like corn or cucumbers, but you have some frozen snow peas you could add. The possibilities are endless!!
My pro tip to you: a true Chilean Stuffed Tomato has lemon juice in the tuna salad. It further brings out the flavors and makes it taste delicious!! Stuffing your tomato is super easy. Take a knife and cut out the “heart” of the tomato (similar to a pumpkin). Scoop out the insides of the tomato using a spoon. Some people like to reincorporate the tomato guts into their tuna, but I think this makes it too watery. For garnish I just used a lettuce leaf as the base and a bit of cilantro as a topper.
To make four servings, I would use two tuna cans to have enough filling for all of the tomatoes. Comment below if you like this dish, and would be interested in me sharing more recipes! If you tried it for yourself, let me know how it worked out for you!!