Tomato Tuna Melts are a simple and quick lunch option. You can throw this dish together in less than ten minutes! Packed with omega-3’s and protein from the tuna and heart healthy fats from the avocado, this is truly a nutrition packed meal.

Pepper Jack & Avocado Tomato Tuna Melts | Zen & Spice

 “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Bumble Bee Seafoods and am eligible to prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I love me some tuna salad in tomatoes. Back in college, that was a regular go-to meal for me. It was quick, easy, and most importantly, cheap! Today we’re redoing the tuna salad by making tuna melts in a tomato by adding some creamy avocado and broiling with spicy cheese. 

A tuna melt is a great lunch (or light dinner) that can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes! You may already have some of the ingredients on hand. It’s a very simple recipe– tuna, avocado, mayo, red onion, salt and pepper. 

Pepper Jack & Avocado Tomato Tuna Melts | Zen & Spice

Today’s recipe for Pepper Jack & Avocado Tomato Tuna Melts is sponsored by Bumble Bee tuna, as part of a Recipe Redux contest. Bumble Bee challenged us to create and share our favorite recipes made with tuna, to help show the importance of a diet rich in seafood. On Monday I posted my family’s recipe for Polish Tuna Pie— be sure to check that one out too! 

The June 2014 draft seafood advice from the FDA and EPA encourages everyone to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces (2 to 3 servings) of seafood per week. Canned tuna is a convenient, affordable and delicious way to make sure you and your family are eating enough seafood. Bumble Bee solid white albacore tuna is an excellent source of protein, it’s high in selenium and niacin, and free from saturated fat. 

Pepper Jack & Avocado Tomato Tuna Melts | Zen & Spice

These tuna melts will last several days in the fridge. I made a batch of three and ate them for lunch this week! 

Here’s the recipe: 

Pepper Jack & Avocado Tomato Tuna Melts
Yields 3
  1. 3 large, ripe tomatoes
  2. 1 4-ounce can Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained
  3. 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  4. 1/4 red onion, diced finely
  5. 1 large avocado, diced
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
  7. 3 slices pepper jack cheese
  1. Slice off the tops of the tomatoes and scoop out the insides using a knife.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tuna, mayo, onion, avocado, salt and pepper.
  3. Stuff the tuna mixture into the tomato cups, making it compact. Top each tomato with a slice of pepper jack cheese.
  4. Broil for 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and brown.
  5. Serve with salad greens.
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 Sponsored by: Bumble Bee Foods

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  1. I love that the “bread” is a tomato!!! pinned :)

    1. Thanks Rachel! I prefer tomato over bread for tuna sandwiches!

  2. YUM!! Looks so delicious with all that gooey cheese! I just made a similar recipe but in a zucchini instead of a tomato :)

    1. Thanks Nicole! Yum, I love stuffed zucchini too :)

  3. Yum! This looks so simple and delicious! Need to try this for lunch.. I loooove pepperjack cheese!

    1. I love pepper jack cheese too, one of my favs :)

  4. Tuna Melts are one of my favorite lunches! I love using a tomato as a base, especially when my garden tomatoes are ready!

    1. I wish I had a backyard for a garden, I’d totally plant tomatoes!

  5. These look so good!! Would have never thought to use the tomato like that! And the added avocado <3 Love it.

    1. Thanks girl! I used to survive through college on tuna sandwiches or tuna stuffed tomatoes haha. Avocado is a plus ;)

  6. This is EVERYTHING I love… in a tomato. Which, conveniently, I also love. I have to make this some time! :)

    1. Thanks for including my recipe in your link love post! Let me know if you make this sometime!

  7. One of the first recipes I made as a kid was tuna melts. Loved them ever since. This is def a step up with the avocado and tomato!

    1. Thanks Serena! We used to eat tuna melts all the time too as kids :)

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