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Mexican Tuna Salad (Ensalada de Atún)

This super easy Mexican tuna salad also known as ensalada de atun makes for a great afternoon snack. It’s really yummy and flavorful and goes great with crackers or tostadas. It’s a light meal that the whole family can snack on. You may also like this tuna macaroni salad.

mexican tuna salad on a plate with crackers

Why you’ll love Mexican tuna salad

  • It takes just 20 minutes to make
  • It’s economical
  • It’s a versatile recipe that can be adjusted according to what you have in your kitchen

What else can I make with canned tuna?

Canned tuna is something I always keep in my kitchen cabinets.

It’s one of our staple foods.

It’s inexpensive, easy to prepare and versatile.

There’s just so much you can do with it. It doesn’t have to be boring!

Some of my favorite ways to use canned tuna include tuna melt sandwiches, tuna empanadas, tuna tacos and tuna patties.

As you can see there are many different ways you can spice up canned tuna.

Mexican tuna salad ingredients

  • canned tuna
  • canned corn
  • celery sticks
  • onion
  • pickled jalapenos
  • mayonnaise
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
ingredients for ensalada de atún

What type of tuna should I use?

I used tuna in water. I use tuna in water for all my recipes using canned tuna.

However tuna in oil will also work. Use whichever tuna you’re more comfortable with.

Just make sure to drain the tuna well.

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How to make ensalada de atun

Drain the tuna and put it in a bowl. I like to take a fork and flake the tuna with it.

drained canned tuna in a bowl

chop the celery, onion and pickled jalapenos finely.

chopped onion, celery, and pickled jalapenos

Then add them to the tuna.

preparing salad in a bowl

Then add the corn.

mixing tuna salad ingredients

Add the cilantro, lime juice, mayo and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

And that’s all there is to this super easy recipe!

finished tuna salad in a bowl


Mexican tuna salad is a versatile recipe. You can pretty much use what you have available in your kitchen. For example, some cooks like to add a can of mixed veggies instead of corn. Some cooks like to add sour cream for it’s tang while others prefer to use Mexican crema.

Get creative and make this ensalada de atun your own!

Mexican tuna salad recipe

This super easy Mexican tuna salad or ensalada de atun is a light and delicious meal the whole family will enjoy.

Our favorite way to enjoy it is on crackers and tostadas.

It’s also great on sandwiches and in lettuce wraps.

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe and I hope you will give it a try.

Please don’t forget to leave it a rating below and let me know what you thought of it in the comments section.

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Ensalada de atun on a plate with crackers.
mexican tuna salad on a plate with crackers
4.13 from 8 votes

Mexican tuna salad (Ensalada de atún)

This easy and delicious Mexican tuna salad is perfect for lunch or for a snack. Serve it with crackers or tostadas.

Course lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican tuna salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 228 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 12 oz canned tuna drained
  • 1/2 cup corn canned
  • 2 celery sticks finely diced
  • 1/4 piece of white onion finely diced
  • 2 tbs pickled jalapeno chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime juice of


  1. Put the drained tuna in a bowl.

  2. Add the celery, onion and pickled jalapeno. Mix well.

  3. Add the corn and mix well.

  4. Then add the cilantro, lime juice, mayo and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix well.

  5. Serve with crackers and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican tuna salad (Ensalada de atún)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 429mg19%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 294IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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