Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole

Comfort food you remember, but better.

Last Updated on December 13, 2019

Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole

Spane at the kitchen table

Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole may not by the prettiest casserole in the world, but it tastes very good. My mother would make this if we had leftover potato chips. My mother wasn’t much into snack food, so this was not something we had a lot, but it is one of those comfort foods that I remember fondly.

A Little History

When I was four years old, my father got stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. My mother bought most of the food at the local farmer’s market and the local grocery store. We didn’t get a lot of American goods, I remember going to the PX only twice. The first time I had French fries, it was in France, and they were more like potato chips. I remember really liking them.

When we returned to the United States when I was six, I was surprised to find out that French fries were long rectangular potatoes fried in oil. I didn’t like them very much. The elusive, thin chip we had in France was actually a potato chip, and the brand my mother bought, that I really loved was Granny Goose.

When we moved to Los Angeles when I was eight, there were no Granny Goose potato chips. I really didn’t like the regular brands, except for the barbecue flavor chips. This leads me to my recipe. Granny Goose is out of business, and the only chips Spane and I really like are barbecue flavor. Of course, my mother used the Granny Goose salted chip for her casserole. That’s probably why the only time she made it was when we were living in Northern California.

But, I found out last night that barbecue chips make a really good casserole, and I’m going to share it with you here. When you make this, make sure you get a good barbecued chip, the Lays Tangy Carolina chips are particularly well suited for this.

Let’s Make Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole

If you really want to be able to taste the tuna, then I suggest you buy the tuna in olive oil. It still retains the taste of the tuna. Tuna in water does not. Tuna packed in olive oil is also good for you, as olive oil has important nutrients.

Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole

Comfort food you remember, but better.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 422kcal


Casserole Dish


  • 1 bag Barbecued chips, Kettle type preferred
  • 1 can Tuna, albacore preferred
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a 1-quart casserole dish, place a large layer of chips.
  • Drain the tuna and using a fork to break up the tuna, add it to the casserole.
  • Spoon the mushroom soup over the tuna and chips.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese and some of the cheddar.
  • Spoon the sour cream over the cheese.
  • Carefully mix everything together, making sure that it is evenly mixed throughout.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheddar over the top.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and distribute over the top of the cheese.
  • Put into the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.


Make this your own by putting in your favorite potato chips.
If you make this from homemade mushroom soup, you will need to thicken it considerably by adding flour.  It should be the same consistency as canned mushroom soup.


Nutrition Facts
Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 778mg34%
Potassium 612mg17%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

4 Responses to Barbecued Potato Chip Tuna Casserole

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  2. 5 stars
    Just wanted to let you know that I made this today and it was so delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  3. Uchiyama says:

    5 stars
    Well said. Thanks.