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Carlos 'n' Pepe's Tuna Dip ...

...anyone seen anything like it? It was a bright spot at the not-always-great C n P in Malibu. Hot tuna dip with cilantro and (I think) sour cream and mayo and maybe some fresh hot peppers and who remembers what else. Served with tortilla chips ... mmm! It's been so long! The artichoke dip post really got me thinking! Where can I get something like this again?

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  1. I remember the Carlos and Pepe's on 20th & Wilshire in Santa Monica too. I loved their Tuna-Dip!! I think it was just Tuna fish blended in a blender with onions, cilantro, mayo and a little lemon juice and pepper. YUMMY! It's a perfect healthy little snack. :)

    1. Found it! go to:


      I used to go to the Carlos and Pepe's in Miami and always loved that dip!

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        1. re: jonibro


          One 6.5 oz can tuna to 1 1/3 cup mayo!

          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            It's definitely a dip, not a sandwich filling. Try using chipotles. I haven't made it in years but now want to.

        2. The Wood on Washington Blvd and Inglewood in Culver City has a spicey Tuna Dip on their Happy hour menu. It totally reminds me of Carlos and Pepes. They had two locations. One on 20th and Wilshire and the other one on PCH.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              Yes I'm Sure... I used to deliver produce to them back in the day and the secret tuna dip from C&P is actually right on the money. Although the recipe you sent is pretty close.

              1. re: demetrios

                Did Carlos team up with Charlie before or after Pepe or is it just a coincidence that his name is attached to both?

            2. the recipes seem vary similar but I only went to which ever one was the one in Malibu way back when I worked at Geoffrey's.
              I remember for sure that is was served warm and not cold as many recipes call for. Anything like that ring a bell? It was manna from heaven!

              1. Carlos & Pepe's tuna dip was not served hot. I ate at the one in Malibu nearly every day. The chef was nice enough to share the recipe with me prior to their closing.

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                1. re: ktsjones

                  ktsjones.... would you be kind enough to share the recipe? I have fond memories of that dish and would love to recreate it. Thanks!

                    1. re: grfbro

                      I start with premium albacore in water. I puree using a hand mixer the tuna, cilantro, pickled jalapeƱos including some of the juice, ground white pepper, onion powder & mayo to taste. This will get hotter the longer it refrigerates. My friends ask me to make it at every gathering. Also fry some tortilla chips in peanut oil for added delicisiousness.

                      1. re: ktsjones

                        Mine is better because I make it wench!!!!!! Forget the onion powder need a little salt and the jalapeƱos should be chopped Ortega and not the roasted ones, let it sit over night and serve with tequila or margaritas and enjoy with tyour best friends:) love you!!!!!!