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

NeNePie Jul 17, 2006 03:20 AM

...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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    Be Bo RE: NeNePie Jun 6, 2009 04:12 PM

    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. :)

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      jonibro RE: NeNePie Sep 15, 2009 06:00 PM

      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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        NeNePie RE: jonibro Sep 17, 2009 12:08 AM

        whoa! Thanks!

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          SilverlakeGirl RE: jonibro Jun 17, 2013 09:03 PM


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

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            Savour RE: SilverlakeGirl Jun 18, 2013 09:54 AM

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

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          demetrios RE: NeNePie Feb 24, 2012 08:33 AM

          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. mucho gordo RE: NeNePie Feb 24, 2012 08:48 AM

            Are you sure it's not Carlos and Charlie's dip?

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              demetrios RE: mucho gordo Feb 24, 2012 10:02 AM

              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.

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                mucho gordo RE: demetrios Feb 24, 2012 10:28 AM

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

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              Honeyporter735 RE: NeNePie Jan 29, 2013 02:33 AM

              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!

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                ktsjones RE: NeNePie Jun 17, 2013 04:10 PM

                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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                  grfbro RE: ktsjones Jan 5, 2014 12:26 PM

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

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                    Servorg RE: grfbro Jan 5, 2014 01:19 PM


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                      ktsjones RE: grfbro Jan 10, 2014 08:50 AM

                      I start with premium albacore in water. I puree using a hand mixer the tuna, cilantro, pickled jalapeños 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.

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                        Suzkids2 RE: ktsjones May 24, 2014 09:34 PM

                        Mine is better because I make it wench!!!!!! Forget the onion powder need a little salt and the jalapeños 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!!!!!!

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