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This Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado is stuffed with a flavorful southwest mixture of tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. No mayo necessary here! It’s the perfect healthy lunch. 

Tuna Stuffed Avocados on a wood countertop.

I was making this recipe two times a week for months before I wrote this post. I came up with it one day based on what I had lying around in the kitchen and immediately fell in love. It was my absolute favorite lunch. You aren’t supposed to eat tuna more than twice a week otherwise I probably would have eaten it every day. Not only is it easy to make, it’s also healthy.

What can I replace the red bell pepper with?

The red bell pepper in this recipe can easily be replaced with tomatoes. Or you can add some diced tomatoes or halved or quartered cherry tomatoes to the recipe as an addition.

I don’t like spicy things, can I leave out the jalapeno?

Yes, you can leave out the jalapeno if you want to control the level of heat in this recipe. Jalapenos vary in how spicy they can be. If you want to retain some heat, but just need something with less heat, try a less spicy pepper like a poblano pepper.  For even more heat, try a hotter pepper like habanero.

What kind of tuna is best?

There are generally two kinds of tuna that you can purchase in the canned goods section at your supermarket: Solid white albacore and skipjack/light tuna. Solid white albacore is more expensive and has a much less “fishy” taste. It has three times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, it also has three times the amount of mercury, so consumption should be limited to once per week.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in some of these other stuffed avocado recipes:

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Tuna Stuffed Avocados on a wood countertop.
This Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado is stuffed with a flavorful southwest mixture of tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. No mayo necessary here! It's the perfect healthy lunch. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
  • 1 avocado halved and pitted
  • 1 4.5 oz can tuna, drained
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoons minced jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Scoop out some of the avocado from the pitted area to widen the "bowl" area. Place the scooped avocado into a medium-size mixing bowl. Mash it with a fork.
  • Add the tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro to the mixing bowl. Pour lime juice over. Stir it all together until everything is well mixed.
  • Scoop the tuna into the avocado bowls. Season with salt and pepper.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 45.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Stuffed Avocado
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Kristin Ammerman
June 20, 2019 4:48 pm

This was delicious! We were out of jalapeños so I added sriracha and loved it. I would add green onion , too.

September 27, 2019 8:59 am

I love this. I have made this twice in a week. I think for the next potluck I am going to bring this but use the small avocados so people can have mini tuna avocado bowls.

May 10, 2019 2:21 pm

You can also use chicken, either leftover or can chicken Breast. It is very good. You can add a little mayo or a mayo or a mayo sriracha sauce. Makes it a little more moist. Delicious

April 19, 2020 12:19 pm

5 stars
Looking for end of the winter meals before heading north. This will be a nice change.

Marie-Josee Blanchette
November 22, 2019 10:42 am

This is now my favorite lunch. I skipped the salt and added red onions. Delicious !

September 11, 2019 7:53 am

I love what you’ve done to tuna salad!

I must admit, I’m with cookie crumb – I don’t think I’d bother to peel the avocado – scoop & stuff sounds good to me.

As for Italian tuna, I recently tried Alleggia tuna in oil and now it’s hard to eat anything else.

Thanks for sharing and see you in Chicago.

July 3, 2019 11:09 am

I love it! But I use parsley instead of the cilantro and no jalapeno.

November 18, 2020 8:24 am

That looks delicious!

August 15, 2020 1:07 pm

Absolutely love it!! I added red onion and cherry tomatoes to mine.

Dana T
February 28, 2020 11:37 am

5 stars
This was so good and easy to make! I skipped salt and pepper. I look forward to it again.

February 18, 2020 2:44 pm

5 stars
Easy and absolutely delicious! Healthy keeper, thank you for sharing!

Marty harris
December 9, 2019 8:38 am

5 stars
This is great as a single man I love to cook and eat lol I will make today thanks

August 5, 2019 11:13 am

So refreshing and delicious! Thank you for another great recipe

July 1, 2019 5:30 pm

5 stars
Delicious and refreshing and easy to make.

Bunmi Tadese
January 10, 2019 12:25 am

lovely recipe, thank you

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