Quick and Easy Grilled Taco Tuna Melt

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Easy taco tuna melt recipe, made with a secret ingredient, melted cheese, avocado, and English muffins. Make it on the grill or over the campfire.
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grilled taco tuna melt with avocado on English muffin with tomatoes, on wooden cutting board

While we’ll cook just about anything while we’re camping, simple and easy dinner ideas, like this tuna melt sandwich, go a long way. Easy is everything when you’ve been out exploring all day long.

This tuna melt is one of my favorite camping recipes because not only is it Tex Mex, but it requires minimal prep work and minimal ingredients.

In fact, while I like to use a medium bowl to mix up the ingredients, you can mix it right in the same skillet used to grill the sandwiches.

We even use a secret ingredient that gives it a pop of flavor. Keep reading to find out what it is.

We prefer to make it an English muffin tuna melt, as well, using Bays English Muffins. They give the sandwich a slightly crispy texture with an explosion of flavor from both the muffins and the tuna mixture.

My mouth is watering right now just thinking about fish and chips, pairing it up with our favorite seasoned steak fries.

grilled taco tuna melt sandwich, made with English muffins, on wooden cutting board

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my grilling tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the tuna melt recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT IS A TUNA MELT?

If you’ve never had a tuna melt, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

It’s tuna on some sort of bread with cheese melted over it. Usually, the tuna is mixed with mayo or other ingredients to give it a really delicious flavor.

In this case, we mix the tuna with certain ingredients to make it a Tex Mex tuna melt.

WHAT’S THE BEST BREAD FOR TUNA MELT?

As I mentioned above, we prefer to use Bays English Muffins. I love the thin, crispy outside and soft inside of these particular English muffins.

easy tuna melt made with Bays English muffins on wooden cutting board

While they’re perfect for breakfast, they make a wonderful alternative for lunch and dinner too, as well as snacks. My kids like to eat them with peanut butter.

Also, they’re pre-sliced and easy to use when you’re cooking in the great outdoors.

You can find Bays in the dairy case at your local grocery store. They are chilled for freshness, so we stow a pack or two in the cooler for camping.

Bays English Muffins on the shelf at the grocery store

HOW TO MAKE A TUNA MELT, TEX MEX STYLE

Making this easy tuna melt, even over the campfire, is a breeze.

First you need to wash and prep the peppers and green onions, the only chopping you’ll really need to do for this recipe (unless you want additional toppings).

chopping green onions and red bell peppers on wooden cutting board for grilled tuna melt recipe

Create the tuna mixture…

  1. Combine tuna fish, picante tomato juice (our secret ingredient), red peppers, and green onions.
  2. Place the mixture in a cast iron skillet, and heat it thoroughly on the grill or over the campfire. Cook it ’til it’s bubbly and sizzling.
making tuna fish mixture for tuna melt over the campfire in cast iron skillet

Now you’re ready to assemble your sandwiches…

  1. Start by splitting your pre-cut English muffins.
  2. Top the bottom half with a good sized helping of the tuna mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. We love using Monterey Jack or extra sharp cheddar on our tuna melts.
  4. Grill both the tops and bottoms of the sandwiches on a griddle until the cheese is melted. Be careful not to let the muffins burn.
how to make tuna melt with Tex Mex tuna mixture, shredded cheese, and English muffins

CAMPFIRE COOKING TIPS

Your fire should be down to coals, with a little bit of flame here and there.

We use a tripod grill. You’ll want to watch it closely, though, as you may need to adjust the height of the grill over the fire, so the pan doesn’t get so hot that it burns the sandwiches.

Once you have the height you think you need, place the griddle on the grill, and you can either use a heated lid (with a skillet or Dutch oven), or use aluminum foil as sort of a tent wrapped around the griddle to trap the heat.

Trapping the heat will allow the tops of the tuna melts to cook, also allowing the cheese to melt.

Want to see an example of our aluminum foil tent? Check out our campfire chicken nachos recipe.

We’ve also put together a list of campfire cooking gear you may need for your next adventure. Be sure to check it out for all the essentials!

WHEN IT’S TIME TO ADD YOUR FAVORITE TOPPINGS

Once your tuna melt has cooked, you can load it up with your favorite taco toppings.

We like to add diced tomatoes and avocados. Other alternatives might include salsa, sour cream, lettuce, etc.

English muffin tuna melt sandwich with avocado and tomatoes on wooden cutting board

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Quick and Easy Grilled Taco Tuna Melt

Quick and Easy Grilled Taco Tuna Melt

Easy taco tuna melt recipe, made with a secret ingredient, melted cheese, avocado, and English muffins. Make it on the grill or over the campfire.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 small red bell peppers, chopped or minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 20 ounces solid white albacore tuna
  • 3/4 cup picante tomato cocktail
  • 8 English muffins
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese*, shredded
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 avocados

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the peppers and green onions.
  2. Combine the tuna fish, peppers, green onions, and tomato juice.
  3. Place the tuna mixture in a cast iron skillet over the fire, stirring as needed, until the mixture starts to bubble and sizzle and is heated through.
  4. To assemble the tuna melt, split the English muffins in half.
  5. Top the bottom half with a good sized helping of the tuna mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. We love using Monterey Jack or extra sharp cheddar on our tuna melts.
  7. Grill both the tops and bottoms of the sandwiches on a griddle until the cheese is melted. Be careful not to let the muffins burn.**
  8. Add your favorite taco toppings, like tomatoes and avocado, and serve while warm.

Notes

*You can use Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese. We also love using extra sharp cheddar.

**If cooking over a campfire, your fire should be down to coals, with a little bit of flame here and there. We use a tripod grill. You may need to adjust the height of the grill over the fire, so the pan doesn’t get so hot that it burns the sandwiches. Trapping the heat with either a lid or aluminum foil will allow the tops of the tuna melts to cook, also allowing the cheese to melt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 397 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 775mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 7g Protein: 28g

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