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Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada) is a budget-friendly, light, and delicious recipe. Ready in minutes, this Mexican dish is a great meal for busy weeknights.
Watch the VIDEO or follow the step-by-step tutorial below to make this yummy recipe at home.
I’m all about cheap, easy, and delicious recipes. I feed two guys – my husband and my son. Let me tell you… my guys can eat!
To top that off, they both can be very picky.
This recipe for Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada) will not break the bank, light and healthy, and best of all, I know my guys will like it.
How to Make Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada)
These are the ingredients for Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada).
What I love about these ingredients is that it uses canned tuna, and it is extremely forgiving.
Say you don’t have cucumbers. No problem. No avocado? That’s cool too. Adjust with whatever you have in your fridge.
• If you have pico de gallo already made, putting this recipe together will take no time at all.
I am using canned tuna from Trader Joe’s. We always, always have this in the pantry.
This is canned albacore tuna, but you can also use regular tuna. Just make sure it’s in water and drained well.
This recipe is wet enough. You don’t want more liquid than necessary.
In my humble opinion, the tuna that is in oil is very oily.
You will need a lot of lime juice. I tend to use key limes because that’s mostly what we use in Mexico.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, price compare them with regular lime. Key limes are, in most cases, cheaper.
If limes aren’t in season or you simply can’t find them, yellow lemon works well too.
Here’s a trick: If you don’t have enough lime juice, you can use a mixture of lime juice and white distilled vinegar.
Seriously guys, this recipe for Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada) is a no brainer.
Put all the ingredients in a container and mix well.
I added pickled onions. If you don’t have any, you can also use red onion or green onion.
Another thing that you don’t see in the video is that I added the juice from the pickled onion. I like the tuna mixture to be extra tangy.
That is totally up to you.
Other ingredients you can add to your Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada):
- Diced Mango
- Diced green beans (cooked)
- Peas (cooked)
- Shredded Carrots
- Diced Asparagus (cooked)
- Thinly sliced Jicama
- Corn kernels
- Pickled jalapeño instead of fresh jalapeño
If you go for the pickled jalapeño and like spicy food, here’s a yummy suggestion:
• Pour some of the pickling juice in the tuna mixture. Just a little. About 1 tablespoon or so.
It will give the tuna a spiciness that’s super tasty.
Look at all the colors! Do you see why I say make this for a party? You can even entertain with this dish.
Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada) is a light but flavorful dish. I can easily eat two tostadas.
• Some people also call this recipe Salpicón de Atún because of all the lime juice. It is very similar to Salpicón de Res but with tuna.
Make enough for the next day. In my humble opinion, it tastes even better the next day and once it’s had time to absorb all the flavors.
Time to assemble the Tostada de Atún (Tuna Tostada)
Personally, I like to add a thin layer of refried beans as the base.
It serves as bed for all the ingredients to sit, almost like a glue.
Instead of Refried Beans, you can also use:
- Crema Mexicana
- Sour Cream
- Chipotle Mayo Sauce
If you do not have tostada shells, you can eat the tuna mixture with saltine crackers as an appetizer.
Also, if you have corn tortillas, you can make homemade tostadas. Simply bake them in the oven or fry them.
For a keto friendly, low carb, healthy option, try serving the tuna mixture with a salad.
Top off the tostada with the tuna mixture, queso fresco, and avocado slices.
You can also add sour cream or crema mexicana. Some people will also top with hot sauce, shredded lettuce, or shredded cabbage.
I highly suggest serving immediately after assembling the Tostada de Atún. The tuna mixture is wet and will make the tostada limp and soggy. No bueno.
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The tuna mixture will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. This is great news for my fellow party throwers.
Serve your guests a Tostada de Atún at your next party. It’s so yummy that they will never know it is an economically-friendly dish.
However, just be sure to keep the serving container cold. You don’t want to get anyone sick.
Make it ahead of time, and enjoy the party. It also transports well. So, it is great for a potluck lunch at work.
• I do not recommend freezing this at all. Think frozen fish… EEK!
This is an authentic Mexican dish that is served during Lent, Easter events, or whenever someone is hungry. LOL. Hope you and your family enjoy!
Don’t forget to watch the Tostada de Atún Video
Tostada de Atún
- 2 cans of tuna drained
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 to mato diced
- 1 jalapeño diced
- ½ bunch of cilantro chopped
- ½ cucumber diced
- ¼ pickled onion slices or red onion
- Salt to taste
- 12 to stadas
- 1 cup refried beans
- Queso Fresco optional
- Avocado Slices optional
- In a large container, add the tuna, lime juice, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, cucumber, onion, and salt.
- Mix well to combine.
- To each individual tostada, smear a thin layer of refried beans.
- Top with the tuna mixture.
- Then add queso fresco and avocado slices.
Other Mexican Food Recipes that Won’t Break the Bank:
Fish Ceviche, or Ceviche de Pescado, is the perfect warm weather food. You never feel heavy after you eat it. Made with frozen fish… SAY WHAT?! Yes, you read that right. It is full of all my favorite Mexican flavors and ideal for Lent.
Entomatadas are corn tortillas dipped in Mexican red salsa and topped with white cheese and green cilantro. This dish is a great way to use up tortillas. Easy-to-make and always delicious.
Vegetarian recipes don’t come any easier than Lentil Tostadas. Add your favorite toppings, and you have a winning dish sure to please any palate.
Mmm looks so tasty and delicious girl. Right now I have all ingredients at hand so I can just start this right now. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I never though I can do something more with tuna than adding mayonnaise.
This dish looks absolutely delicious and I love that it is easy to make and has simple ingredients. I will try this.
Looks delicious! i think I should definitely do it for next food party, hehe!
I have never had a tuna tostada but gosh this looks easy and yummy! I really like the idea of taking this to a party as an appetizer
Sincerely Miss J
Looks delicious and perfect for a nice lunch. Will def. think of trying this.
Oh yes! I will be trying these soon! You had me when I saw avocados !
I am not a huge tuna fan however this looks amazing, you have inspired me to try it again!
This looks so good. I will for sure have to try to make this sometime.
Christopher S Vogelmann
This one is so refreshing that it reminds me of meals in Baja.
Glad to hear that. Thanks for your comment.