Mexican Tuna Salad spices up a classic, for a high-protein lunch or snack. Tomatoes, avocado, taco sauce, sour cream and lime juice help make this salad a hit.
I don’t make it often, but tuna salad is one of my favorite things to make for lunch. And Mexican is my favorite “theme” to serve for dinner (if I had to choose). So it makes sense for me to combine the two. Turns out, Mexican-style flavors work really well with tuna. I enjoyed this Mexican Tuna Salad scooped into an avocado half, served with corn tortilla chips for dipping. This is a tasty, healthy lunch or snack option that can work for those who are carb-conscious too. Simply replace the tortilla chips with sliced red bell peppers for dipping.
Ingredients for Mexican Tuna Salad Recipe
- Wild Caught Albacore White Tuna – use two, 6.4 ounce pouches; there is no need to drain them
- Mayonnaise – I like Duke’s or Hellman’s the best
- Sour Cream – lightens the dressing a bit instead of using all mayonnaise, plus goes along with the Mexican theme
- Taco Sauce – Taco Bell Mild Sauce is the absolute best taco sauce, in my opinion
- Lemon Juice – the lemon juice adds flavor and helps to prevent the fresh avocado from turning brown
- Lime Juice – the lime juice pairs well with the avocado, lime, cilantro and taco sauce for a familiar, Mexican-style flavor
- Pickled Jalapeno Peppers – I use the canned slices of jalapeño that are commonly used as a topping for nachos
- Avocado – use one small avocado; here is a helpful tutorial for how to cut an avocado
- Tomato – use a sharp knife to help finely chop the tomato
How to make Mexican Tuna Salad
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, taco sauce, lemon and lime juices and salt until smooth. Add the finely chopped jalapeño pepper and stir until combined.
In a larger bowl, add the tuna and use a fork to break it up. Add the chopped avocado and tomato. Add the mayonnaise and taco sauce dressing and stir until well combined.
This salad can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
Do I have to use cilantro?
Genetics are why people either love or hate cilantro. If you are one of those who are turned off by cilantro because it tastes like soap, definitely skip the cilantro in this recipe. It will still taste delicious without it.
How many calories are in a 1/2 cup of tuna salad?
In 1/2 cup of my recipe for Mexican Tuna Salad, there are about 194 calories. I personally like a more generous serving, so the recipe card is calculated for 4 servings, which is a generous 3/4 cup. So if you divide this recipe into four servings, it’s 258 calories. Either way, it’s a relatively healthy meal that is packed with protein.
Is tuna salad a good source of protein?
Yes! A 4-ounce serving of water-packed, Albacore (white) tuna contains about 26 grams of protein. And the addition of fresh avocado to this tuna salad recipe increases both the protein and healthy fat content per serving.
- Tomatoes not so ripe at the store? Here’s three ways to ripen a tomato at home.
- My favorite pairing knife for chopping tomatoes.
- Chef’s knife for helping to prepare the avocado.
- Brand of tuna I use in this recipe.
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Mexican Tuna Salad
- 12.8 oz Albacore (white) tuna Use two, 6.4 ounce pouches
- 1 small avocado chopped
- 1 small tomato chopped
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp taco sauce
- 1 tbsp sour cream
- 4 pickled jalapeño slices finely chopped
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, taco sauce, lemon and lime juices and salt until smooth. Add the finely chopped jalapeño pepper and stir until combined.
- In a larger bowl, add the tuna and use a fork to break it up. Add the chopped avocado and tomato. Add the mayonnaise and taco sauce dressing and stir until well combined.
- This salad can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
OMG, this looks so tasty. I have bookmarked to make later. Thanks for sharing.
You’re very welcome. Enjoy!
I LOVE tuna made this for a lunch meal prep! Super easy and fantastic lunch!
Glad you enjoyed the tuna salad! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
This was a great change from our usual tuna salad! Loved the avocado with it and the spicy kick from the jalapenos! Great recipe 🙂
The flavors all work so well together. I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe too!
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
I am just thinking that this would be great in sandwiches and jackets too. Definitely making this.
I tried this Mexican Tuna Salad as a sandwich too and loved it!
I like the combination of tuna and mayonnaise. So creamy and delicious dish. Thank you for the recipe!
Wo this one looks like an amazing salad recipe to me! I am loving all the fresh flavors that you used here!
Thank you so much, enjoy!
This is a change of flavor from my usual tuna salad, but in a really good way. It’s also great for making tuna sandwiches.
It is a great sandwich! Coincidentally, I used the leftovers from my test recipe as tuna melts for dinner the next night. It was fantastic!
This wonderful tuna salad is perfect for a nutritious lunch. Thanks for sharing.
It most certainly is. You’re welcome!
Ana F. says
This tuna salad turned out delicious and it’s so easy to make! Packed with flavor and protein too… thanks for the recipe!
You’re very welcome!
Love this Mexican twist on a traditional tuna salad! It looks delicious and it would make the perfect healthy weekday lunch too!
It’s quick and easy to make for any day of the week!
I made this tuna salad for lunch today and it was incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
I’m so happy you liked it. Thanks so much for taking the time to rate and comment!
Thanks for the Mexican Tuna Salad recipe.