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It’s time that the classic tuna fish sandwich got an upgrade… Southwest Tuna Melt with Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa, Bacon, and Avocado!
The only exposure I had to seafood growing up were tuna fish sandwiches. My dad
was is the pickiest of eaters. He didn’t even eat pizza before meeting my mom (being the amazing mother she is, she correctly refused to be in a relationship with anyone that didn’t at least eat pizza). Fish? No freaking way did he go near the stuff. So my mom never cooked it… but she did get her fix on weekends by whipping up canned tuna fish sandwiches for herself, my brother, and I.
And now, I wanted to combine that classic sandwich of my childhood with the bold southwest flavors I’m obsessed with. Because really, southwest flavors give anything an instant upgrade. Boom… Southwest Tuna Melt with Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa, Bacon, and Avocado.
Oh yea, and I served it up on cornbread. That’s just how I roll. You can, of course, feel free to use any of the usual tuna melt bread suspects when constructing your sandwich masterpiece. Bagels are always a great choice in my mind… they are sturdy and freaking delicious. Especially NY bagels 🙂
I chose to go all fancy with these and serve them open-faced. I even broke out a fork and knife… but in all honesty that’s just because Asheley was home and she would have probably yelled at me for shoveling this in my face with my bare hands.
My sandwich isn’t the only thing that got a serious upgrade with this Southwest Tuna Melt…
I’m super pumped about this Wild Selections® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water. It’s the first complete line of canned seafood that’s certified sustainable and Non-GMO Project verified. And extra bonus? 13¢ from the sale of each can of Wild Selections® supports World Wildlife Fund conservation efforts. This is wild caught canned tuna that I can feel good about serving my family.
Southwest Tuna Melt with Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
- 2 (5-ounce) cans WIld Selections® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons canned green chiles, finely chopped
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Cornbread, or other bread/bagels
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 avocado, diced
- Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa (recipe below)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese
for the Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa
- 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 large poblano chile (or 2 small), roasted and chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 tomato, chopped
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- Kosher salt
- Toast cornbread (slice in half lengthwise first, if thick), bread, or bagel.
- In a small mixing bowl, mash tuna slightly with a fork. Stir in mayonnaise, canned green chiles, and a squeeze of lime juice. Season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Top slices of cornbread, bread, or bagel with tuna salad, chopped bacon, avocado, and roasted corn poblano salsa. Sprinkle generously with pepperjack cheese.
- Place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and broil until cheese is bubbly and fully melted. Devour immediately.
for the Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa
- Combine corn, roasted poblano, red onion, tomato, and lime juice in a small mixing bowl. Season with Kosher salt. Leftover salsa can be refrigerated and enjoyed with tortilla chips for a killer snack.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 2 mins
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Tuna melts are one of my favorite comfort foods – and with a southwestern twist?! Can’t say no to that! I’m looking forward to making these very soon 🙂 But seriously, he didn’t used to eat pizza?!
I LOVE how amazing this looks!!! I was a total tuna sammy kid myself, so I’m really loving both the nostalgia and grown-up vibes of this dish. And while I love the cornbread spin, I am totally making this on a bagel (whole wheat everything, if you’re curious lol) – pinned!
Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
I love a good old fashioned tuna melt, but an updated, modern tuna melt? THAT I like even better!
You know, I’m typically not a fan of tuna but this sounds amazing. I love that you did it on cornbread, too! Yum!
I’ve actually been craving tuna fish sandwiches lately. Odd craving I know…but it’s the truth. Then I opened my email to find this bad boy staring back at me this morning. I love the southwestern twist here. And the corn bread base? Now that’s Wolfpack quality right there! Save me one? #WolfpackEats
I adore tuna melts! But I’ve never tried with a southwest flair. Looks like a must try!
Have a great Tuesday Chris!
Jen at Baked by an Introvert
I have to try these tuna melts! The roasted pablano salsa sounds fantastic!
Allie | BakingAMoment
Chris, you are just SO incredibly creative! This sandwich is genius. I’m a tuna lover from way back but I would have never thought to do something this awesome with it. Amazing!
What?! Not even pizza? I thought even the pickiest eaters loved pizza, haha! Tuna was basically the only seafood I ate growing up and I still love it. These tuna melts look delicious and I love the roasted corn salsa on top 🙂
Yum! I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and for some reason have really been enjoying tuna once a week…when I normally ate it like 2 times a year! I am putting this recipe on our menu for next week! Just found your site and so many things look tasty, can’t wait to try them!
This looks so good, Chris! I’m loving that corn poblano salsa…I would put it on everything!
Chris, this tuna sandwich looks amazing!!!! I actually love tuna. . and putting this on cornbread is brilliant. . love that Roasted Corn Poblano Salsa too!!! delicious!!!!
My dad was the same way about pizza but he did love seafood! Tuna sandwiches were always one of my favorites too but they never looked this awesome! Love these amazing tuna melts!
Judit + Corina
Chris, we never ever, EVER had a tuna melt that looked this GOOD! The roasted poblano salsa and the avocado on top looks amazing!
Wait just one hot minute! You put a tuna fish sandwich on cornbread….you are officially my hero. I LOVE cornbread and this is such a fun twist on a childhood classic. Your mom sounds lovely! I would have been like, “oh you don’t want to eat fish like 99% of the world’s population? tough.” 🙂
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