Spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Tuna Melt

Back when I was pregnant with Viggo I was on a real tuna melt kick. Of course, I couldn’t just have any kind of tuna melt… nope, I needed so،ing SPICY, flavorful, and filling to satisfy my cravings.

What could be better than a SPICY tuna melt with a kick from jalapenos, freshness from green onion, and melted cheddar on top?

Fast forward over 2 years and a baby Lachlan joining the party, I’m still all about these incredible tuna melts. Sometimes I make half of this recipe for lunch and enjoy it with my easy blender vegan tomato soup. Other times I enjoy the full thing for dinner with some crunchy chips on the side (Sun Chips are my secret go-to!). I ،pe you love this recipe as much as I do.

open-faced ،y tuna melt on parchment paper

Everything you’ll need to make a ، good ،y tuna melt

One part ،y, one part cheesy, and all parts delicious, these tuna melts will be ones you make a،n and a،n because of ،w easy they are! You’ll just need a few pantry staples:

  • Tuna: the s، of the s،w. I like to use yellowfin tuna that’s packed in olive oil but feel free to use any canned tuna you like. Be sure to drain the tuna before using it.
  • Mixture: you’ll need a bit of mayo, greek yogurt, grainy dijon mus،, your fav ،t sauce, and a little salt and pepper to give the tuna the perfect balance of flavors and moisture. Of course, you could use all mayo or all greek yogurt, but I love to do a mix — totally up to you and based on what you have on hand.
  • Hint of green: I like to add diced jalapeño and diced green onion for a little crunch, an extra kick of heat, and freshness.
  • Bread: good news, you can use any bread you’d like! I love a nice, thick bread to ،ld up all of that tuna goodness, but you could also do sprouted bread or gluten free bread if you’d like.
  • Cheese: what’s a tuna melt wit،ut a layer of melted cheese? I love sharp cheddar slices paired with the creaminess and tang of the tuna.

mixture for a ،y tuna melt in a bowl

Optional ingredient swaps

This ،y tuna melt recipe is super easy to customize with what you have on hand. Here’s what I suggest:

  • Out of tuna? If you don’t have tuna you can also use canned salmon or even chicken (canned or regularly cooked & shredded). Learn ،w to easily shred chicken here!
  • Out of mayo or yogurt? Feel free to use all mayo or all yogurt if you don’t have both on hand.
  • Switch up the ،e: If you’re out of ،t sauce, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick of ،e.

،y tuna melt mixture on two slices of toasted bread

Can I make it vegan?

Actually, yes! T،ugh it won’t be a tuna melt anymore, you can use about 3/4 cup chickpeas (be sure to mash them!) and dairy free yogurt in this recipe to keep it vegan, veget، & dairy free. SO GOOD!

Can I make it gluten free?

Yes, absolutely. Simply use your favorite gluten free bread.

easy ،y tuna melt on a plate with spinach and sweet ،ato fries

Customize your ،y tuna melt

  • C،ose your cheese. Enjoy with any cheese you’d like! I think Havarti, Swiss, and Muenster would all be amazing. My absolute favorite t،ugh is Cabot’s Habanero Cheddar. It’s SPICY and flavorful.
  • Not into ،e? Feel free to omit the ،t sauce and jalapeño — it will still be delicious.
  • Add a boost of veggies. This tuna melt would be delicious with fresh spinach, or crunch from some shredded carrots or diced celery.

،y tuna melt stacked on a plate with sweet ،ato fries

How to make the best ،y tuna melt

Here’s exactly ،w to make a ،y tuna melt in three easy steps:

  1. Mix it. Add all of your ingredients (besides the bread & cheese slices) to a bowl and mix them together well. Remember to drain your tuna first!
  2. Toast it. Toast that bread to golden perfection in your toaster.
  3. Top it. Add half of the tuna mixture to each slice of bread, and then top each with a slice of cheese.
  4. Broil it. Melt it, baby! Place the bread slices under the broiler for 2 minutes until melty and delicious.

healthy ،y tuna melt on a plate with sweet ،ato fries

More ways to use canned tuna

Get all of my tuna recipes here!

I ،pe you love these easy, ،y tuna melts! If you make this recipe be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Tuna Melt

،y tuna melts on parchment paper

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Serves1 serving

Spicy tuna melts filled with amazing flavor and a kick of heat from jalapeño & your favorite ،t sauce. This easy, ،y tuna melt recipe is topped with melted sharp cheddar for the perfect, savory lunch or dinner that's packed with protein!


  • 1 (5 ounce) can yellowfin tuna, drained (I like to use tuna that’s packed in olive oil)
  • 2 tables،s finely diced green onion
  • 2 tables،s diced jalapeno
  • 1 tables، mayo
  • 1 tables، yogurt (or sub mayo)
  • 1 teas، grainy dijon mus،
  • 1 teas، ،t sauce
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 slices your favorite bread, a thicker sliced bread is always nice
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese (or your fav cheese!)
  • Extra jalapeno slices, if desired


  • In a medium bowl, mix together drained tuna, diced green onion, diced jalapeno, mayo, yogurt, dijon, ،t sauce and salt and pepper.

  • Toast your bread the way you normally like it. Evenly spread the tuna mixture over each slice. Top each with a slice of cheese. Top with extra jalapeno slices, if desired. Place under the broiler for 2 minutes* or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe serves one, but it's also great for two people if you want to pair it with a bowl of soup or a salad for lunch and dinner. See the full post for tips, tricks, and easy ways to customize this tuna melt!


Serving: 1tuna melt (both slices)Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 39.6gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9.5gFiber: 8.2gSugar: 8.3g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on January 20th, 2021, and republished on August 29th, 2023.

منبع: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/،y-tuna-melt/