Tuna Quesadillas
Tuna Quesadillas
5 from 7 votes
Chunks of tuna, sweetcorn, and red onions slathered in mayonnaise and topped with oozing cheese. A great lunch or even a brilliant afternoon snack for the kids!
Tuna Quesadilla

If you’re craving a quick and delicious meal that’s bursting with flavor, look no further than Tuna Quesadillas.

Originating from the fusion of Mexican and American cuisines, this dish offers a delightful twist on the classic quesadilla. Don’t let its fancy name fool you; this recipe is easy enough for even the most novice cooks to master.

Filled with savory canned tuna, crunchy sweetcorn, zesty red onions, creamy mayonnaise, and gooey melted mozzarella cheese, each bite of these quesadillas is a burst of mouthwatering goodness.

Whether you’re cooking for a busy weeknight dinner or hosting a casual get-together with friends, Tuna Quesadillas are sure to impress with their simplicity and scrumptiousness.

Despite its gourmet taste, this recipe is a breeze to whip up in your own kitchen. With just a handful of pantry staples and a few simple steps, you’ll have a satisfying meal ready to enjoy in no time.

Expert Tip: Customize the filling with your favorite ingredients, such as diced bell peppers or black olives, for a personalized touch.


Tuna: Tuna adds a rich, savory flavor to the quesadillas. Packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, tuna not only enhances the taste but also provides a healthy boost to your meal.

Sweetcorn: Adding a pop of sweetness and crunch, sweetcorn complements the tuna beautifully. Rich in fiber and vitamins, sweetcorn brings both flavor and nutrition to the table, making your quesadillas more wholesome and satisfying.

Onions: Finely diced red onions lend a delightful kick to the quesadillas, balancing out the creamy textures with their sharp, tangy flavor. Plus, onions are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, making them a flavorful and healthful addition to your meal.

Mayonnaise: Creamy mayonnaise binds the ingredients together, creating a luscious filling for the quesadillas. Its rich, tangy taste adds depth to the dish, while its smooth texture ensures that every bite is packed with flavor.

Tortilla: Serving as the crispy, golden vessel for all the delicious fillings, flour tortillas provide the perfect base for your quesadillas. Light and versatile, tortillas hold everything together while allowing the flavors to meld harmoniously.

Mozzarella Cheese: What’s a quesadilla without cheese? Mozzarella cheese melts into gooey perfection, enveloping the fillings with its creamy texture and mild, buttery flavor. Its stretchy, melty goodness takes these quesadillas to the next level of deliciousness.

Expert Tip: Use a non-stick skillet or griddle pan to ensure the quesadillas don’t stick.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair your Tuna Quesadillas with a side of fresh salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping.
  • Serve alongside a crisp green salad dressed with a zesty vinaigrette for a refreshing contrast to the warm, cheesy quesadillas.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos, or diced tomatoes for an extra burst of color and flavor.

Expert Tip: Don’t overfill the quesadillas to prevent them from falling apart while cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I store leftover Tuna Quesadillas?

Leftover quesadillas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat in a skillet or microwave until warmed through before serving.

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, you can use fresh tuna for this recipe. Simply cook the tuna before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Can I make Tuna Quesadillas ahead of time?

You can prepare the filling ahead of time and assemble the quesadillas just before cooking to ensure they’re warm and crispy when served.

Can I use different types of cheese?

Feel free to experiment with different cheeses to suit your taste preferences. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese would all be delicious options.

Can I make these quesadillas vegetarian?

Yes, you can omit the tuna and add extra veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach for a delicious vegetarian version of this recipe.

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Tuna Quesadilla

Tuna Quesadillas

by Nabeela Kauser
Chunks of tuna, sweetcorn, and red onions slathered in mayonnaise and topped with oozing cheese. A great lunch or even a brilliant afternoon snack for the kids!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Western
Servings 6
Calories 224 kcal



  • In a bowl add the canned tuna, finely diced red onion, sweetcorn, and mayonnaise then mix until all the ingredients are evenly combined
  • Drizzle olive oil onto a griddle pan and brush the oil over the pan
  • Add a flour tortilla and top with mozzarella cheese and the tuna mixture
  • Top with more cheese and finish with a flour tortilla on top
  • Brush the top of the tortilla with some oil
  • Allow the quesadilla to cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until the bottom side is lightly browned
  • Flip over and allow to cook for a further 2-3 minutes until lightly browned
  • Cut the quesadillas into slices and enjoy warm!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 11gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 126mgFibre: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 165IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 103mgIron: 1mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Cheese, Fish, Food, Recipe, Seafood, Tuna
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