Cinco de Mayo Tuna Pepper Poppers for #SundaySupper

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 5, 2013

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What are you serving for Cinco de Mayo today?

No Mexican food party is complete without some fun finger food, and this little creation will have you doing a happy dance. Spiced up tuna combines with fresh pineapple, avocado and cilantro to make a flavor celebration worthy of the day.

Tuna Pepper Poppers with Avocado and Pineapple on Shockingly DeliciousI took my inspiration for this dish from Bumble Bee’s new Albacore with Chipotle & Olive Oil tuna in a can. It’s zippy but won’t blow the top of your head off, and the avocado tames it a bit.

Bee Squad badgeSince I am a member of the Bee Squad for Bumble Bee tuna, I am happy to work their excellent tuna varieties into my cooking!

Try this tuna-rrific pepper popper. And if you need an interesting margarita to go with it, may I suggest my Basilrita (Basil Margarita), which won a restaurant cocktail contest last year. Muy bueno.

Recipe: Cinco de Mayo Tuna Pepper Poppers with Avocado and Pineapple

Summary: Tuna with a peppery kick teams up with avocado and pineapple as the perfect stuffing for colorful mini bell pepper poppers for Cinco de Mayo finger food!


  • 1 (5-ounce) can Bumble Bee Albacore Tuna with Chipotle & Olive Oil (you will use the oil)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple *see note below
  • Mini sweet bell peppers1/4 cup finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped tomato (I used grape tomatoes – easy to mince)
  • Mini sweet bell peppers, multicolored
  • 1 California avocado, pitted and sliced into slivers


  1. Using an electric mixer, mix tuna and its oil until combined. By hand, stir in pineapple, cilantro and tomato.Tuna Pepper Poppers with Avocado and Pineapple on Shockingly Delicious
  2. Slice the caps off the mini peppers and remove any visible seeds with your finger. You may either leave them whole or cut them in half lengthwise; your choice. Insert a sliver of avocado, and using a small spoon (I found an old baby spoon), scoop the tuna mixture into the peppers alongside the avocado. Place on a serving platter.
  3. Makes 12+ peppers, depending on size.Tuna Pepper Poppers with Avocado and Pineapple on Shockingly Delicious


Recipe by Dorothy Reinhold / Shockingly Delicious. Frieda’s Produce sent the sweet mini peppers and Bumble Bee sent the tuna for recipe testing.

*Pineapple note

I had fresh pineapple on hand, and this was about 1/8 of a pineapple. If you don’t have fresh, you can certainly use canned tidbits or crushed pineapple, very well drained.

See this page for all the wonderful #SundaySupper dishes I have made since I joined this group. Each one contains links to all the other delicious dishes made by my fellow cooks that week.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Diet type: Pescatarian
Number of servings (yield): 12
Culinary tradition: Nouveau Mexican

Sunday Supper badgeThe #SundaySupper crew is celebrating Cinco de Mayo today. We have a fantastic collection of spicy, savory and sweet treats for you, along with some bebidas (drinks), of course. Check them out below and choose something new to make for your own party.

Cinco de Mayo Appetizers & Sides {Aperitivos}:

Cinco de Mayo Main Dishes {Platos Principales}:

Cinco de Mayo Desserts {Postres}:

Cinco de Mayo Drinks {Bebidas}:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today (Sun., May 5, 2013) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

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