We Can’t Get Enough of This Viral Tunacado Sandwich—Here’s How to Make It

Tuna and avocado have combined to become the internet's favorite lunch and we're obsessed

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Tuna and avocado are each tasty in their own humble ways, though neither is particularly innovative or groundbreaking. However, when you put tuna and avocado together on a sandwich—in the hands of a TikTok influencer— and call it “tunacado”…look out! Because the tunacado is now the trendiest sandwich on the internet, with the #tunacado hashtag on TikTok clocking more than 17 million views.

It all started a couple of months ago when TikTok creator Danielle Matzon posted a video about the tunacado sandwich she bought at Joe & The Juice, a coffee and juice chain that also offers sandwiches and bowls.

@dzaslavsky Tunacado #tunasandwich #joeandthejuice #capers #pickle ♬ original sound – danielle

What Is a Tunacado Sandwich?

The tunacado sandwich at Joe & The Juice follows a simple formula: Joe’s special flatbread, tomato, avocado, “vegan pesto,” and “tuna mousse.” In Matzon’s videos, she suggests upgrading it with hot sauce, capers and pickles. In one video, she even visits a Joe & The Juice location and gets step-by-step instructions from an employee.

@dzaslavsky The making of the Tunacado at the Prince Street location in NYC #joeandthejuice #tunacado ♬ original sound – danielle

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How to Make a Tunacado Sandwich

This version of the tunacado sandwich calls for a classic pesto. If you want a vegan pesto, omit the parmesan cheese and substitute a ¼ cup of nutritional yeast. For the tuna mousse, use canned tuna.


  • 1 can of tuna
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon dill
  • Flatbread or toasted sourdough slices
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Capers, pickles, mustard, hot sauce (optional)

Tools You’ll Need

  • Food processor: This Ninja food processor will make it easy to whip up both pesto sauce and tuna mousse.


Step 1: Make the tuna mousse

Add tuna, mayonnaise, salt and dill to a food processor and whiz until creamy.

Step 2: Prep your sandwich

Spread about a teaspoon of pesto on each half of the bread.

Step 3: Add the avocado

Arrange the slices of avocado on one slice.

Step 4: Time for the tuna mousse

Spread the tuna mousse on the other slice.

Step 5: Add tomato

Top the tuna mousse with tomato slices.

Step 6: Finish adding additional toppings

Add toppings such as capers, pickles, mustard, hot sauce or whatever you like!

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