Baked Tuna Melt Jalapeño Poppers (Keto, Gluten-Free)

Published on May 25, 2019

  by   Kristina Stosek

8 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 12
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Baked tuna melt jalapeño poppers are a perfect appetizer, especially when hosting a crowd. The peppers are stuffed with deliciously cheesy tuna filling using two types of cheese, red onion, herbs, pickles and fresh lemon juice. And they are served hot.

Why use Jalapeño peppers for poppers?

I used jalapeños because they are mild to moderately spicy, so the heat from the peppers does not overpower the tasty stuffing. Although these poppers are mostly served as appetizers, they are delicious as a snack.

For those who are following a keto diet, the tuna melt jalapeño poppers are also keto-friendly. The tuna stuffed poppers are protein packed making them a satisfying snack.


tuna melt jalapeno poppers, gluten free


How to make Jalapeño poppers?

Jalapeño poppers are very popular as appetizers or snacks. They are super easy to make, and you can prepare them 24 hours in advance. This makes the poppers an easy appetizer, especially when entertaining a large crowd.

To make Jalapeño appetizers, there is one thing to keep in mind. The jalapeño peppers should be all the same size and relatively small since this is finger food!


jalapeño peppers


If they are too big two things happen. They may not be firm enough to hold the filling and you will have to serve them on small plates with a knife and a fork, and this is not what this appetizer is all about.

Once you prepare the Jalapeño boats for filling it is easy. Mix the filling ingredients, fill the peppers and sprinkle with extra cheese. Now, you can either refrigerate them until you are ready to bake them or bake them now. Super simple recipe!

If you are not that excited about tuna you can use salmon, they are just as delicious.

Are you entertaining a large crowd? You will find these gluten-free appetizers a big hit every time!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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sounds delicious Meredith, thank you for sharing.

Meredith Lesley

delicious! I have made them twice. I share with pepper wimps tho so have to tone down the cayenne way more than I want to and altho it’s as hot as Cayenne but with actual chili flavor, I use Arbol chili from. mexico(Amazon). the tuna mix with pick es & red onions is great! really nice flavor. I bake them w/o the extra cheddar on top but add it 5 min under the broiler to crisp it up. absolutely the Perfect Football game food! Thank you!


Karla, you can freeze them before you bake them. To freeze the poppers, place them on a baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes, then store them in an airtight container.


Can these be made ahead ad frozen?


great idea Joy, thanks for sharing


This recipe is a good variation. I cut the jalapeños in half to make 2 boats out of each.

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