Copycat Joe & the Juice's Tunacado Sandwich


Inspired by the viral sandwich from Joe & the Juice, we put our twist on the popular tuna-avocado sandwich. Adding chili crisp to the pesto adds delicious flavor, while processing the tuna with avocado creates a wonderfully creamy spread. These sandwiches are packed with texture and flavor, and will quickly make their way into your weekly lunch rotation.

a recipe photo of the Copycat Joe and the Juice Tunacado Sandwich cut in half
Photo: Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (12 ounce) can water-packed tuna, drained

  • cup light mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped, plus 1 medium avocado, thinly sliced, divided

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons refrigerated basil pesto

  • 1 tablespoon chili crisp

  • 8 slices whole-grain bread, toasted

  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 16 slices)

  • 2 cups baby butter lettuce leaves


  1. Place tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and half of the chopped avocado in a food processor; process on High, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in pepper. Transfer to a medium bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Wash and dry the food processor bowl. Add pesto, chili crisp and the remaining half of the chopped avocado; process on High until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small bowl.

  3. Arrange toast on a work surface. Spread 1 tablespoon of the pesto mixture on each slice. Spread 1/2 cup of the tuna mixture on each of 4 slices over the pesto layer. Evenly layer sliced avocado, tomato slices and lettuce on top of the tuna mixture; top with the remaining toast slices, pesto-side down. Cut the sandwiches into halves.

To make ahead

Refrigerate tuna spread (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Refrigerate pesto (Step 2) in an airtight container with a layer of plastic wrap to keep the color fresh for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

653 Calories
40g Fat
44g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 653
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 16g 57%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Vitamin A 2041IU 41%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 7mg 45%
Folate 183mcg 46%
Vitamin K 68mcg 57%
Sodium 709mg 31%
Calcium 137mg 11%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 120mg 29%
Potassium 1329mg 28%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 3mcg 125%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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