Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt

Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt - creamy, spicy, melty goodness | Get the recipe on MyCookingSpot.com!

If I had to eat one kind of savory food for the rest of my life, it would be freakin’ canned tuna.

I’m dead serious, here. Tuna salad sandwiches, tuna & noodles, tuna croquettes, tuna cakes, tuna burgers, tuna casserole…I’ve eaten and loved it all. If there’s ever a day that I can’t think of what to eat, I turn to my trusty canned fish friend.

It’s not for everyone, of that I’m sure. I’ve had so many people turn their nose up when I mention having it for lunch – of course, that’s the same reaction I have when someone mentions olives.

The beauty of tuna lies in it’s versatility, and the flavors packed in this Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt make this canned star sing!

Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt - creamy, spicy, melty goodness | Get the recipe on MyCookingSpot.com!

I used to only eat tuna in oil, but water packed has so much less fat in exchange for an equal reduction in flavor. In exchange for the fat from the oil, I added avocado to this recipe, for even more Omega-3 awesomeness.

Your heart will love you for eating this sandwich.

To spice it up a little, and speed up your metabolism, I added crushed red pepper, a little bit of salsa jack cheese (a flavor I’m totally in love with right now), and a good amount of a green Tabasco-Dijon mustard concoction I came up with on the fly, and use quite often now!

For a little zing, there’s some Greek yogurt and lime juice in there, as well, all mixed up with classic tuna salad veggies. Then, you press it or grill it up until it’s beautifully melty and warm and makes anyone around you jealous that they aren’t having what you’re having.

At which point, you can just turn your nose up at them and enjoy your lunch. Those canned tuna haters don’t deserve a bite.

Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 mini sweet red peppers, diced
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 Tablespoons green Tabasco sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Focaccia bread
  • Sliced tomato
  • Spinach
  • Salsa or Pepper Jack cheese


  1. In a bowl, mash avocado and yogurt together until smooth, then add spices and stir. Add tuna, vegetables, and lime juice, stirring until well incorporated.
  2. In a small bowl, combine green Tabasco with Dijon, stirring until blended.
  3. Cut Focaccia bread into quarters. Spread a layer of the Dijon-Tabasco sauce on the inside of the bread, then add a layer of tuna, and top with cheese, spinach, and tomato.
  4. Carefully brush a thin layer of Dijon-Tabasco on the tops and bottoms of each quarter, then place in panini press or countertop grill. Allow to grill until cheese is melty and the bread toasts.

How do you like to eat your canned tuna fish?

Spicy Tuna Avocado Panini Melt - creamy, spicy, melty goodness | Get the recipe on MyCookingSpot.com!

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Erica has baking in her blood. Raised by her homemaker Great-Grandmother, she was brought up in the kitchen, learning little hints and tricks that led her to her current bakery manager career. A native Floridian, she loves to enjoy everything her home state has to offer, especially when it comes to food. She often collaborates with her husband on recipes, and every once in a while, her dog, Vader, gets the scraps! Her blog, The Crumby Cupcake, is fairly new, but she is trying to carve out her little corner of the internet with her originality, creativity, humor, and beautiful food photography. Throughout her adventures, she hopes to inspire others to create delicious food and live happy lives by sharing her joy, both in the kitchen and out.

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