Recipe created by: Albert Bevia

Known as Sandwich de Atun al Estilo Empanadilla, this empanada-style tuna sandwich is the perfect meal for a quick bite or a lunch that will leave your belly happy and full. A mix of green and red bell peppers, a pinch of sea salt, and a dash of black pepper add mouthwatering flavors to this dish. Kiva's Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika adds just the right amount of kick. Don't forget to pair with an ice-cold beer and enjoy! 

tuna sandwich recipe



  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Kiva's sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 2 eggs into a sauce pan, fill with cold water, to about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) above the eggs and heat with a high heat, once it comes to a boil, place a lid on the pan and turn off the heat, let the eggs sit for 11 to 12 minutes, then drain, peel and thinly slice

  2. Meanwhile, drain the canned tuna into a sieve with a bowl underneath, flake the tuna, finely chop the onion, finely chop the green and red bell peppers and finely grate the tomatoes

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the reserved olive oil from the canned tuna

  4. After 1 minute add in the chopped onion and bell peppers, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, give it a quick mix, then add in the grated tomatoes and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer until the tomato has slightly thickened up, about 3 minutes, then turn off the heat, add in the drained tuna and mix together until well mixed

  5. Lightly toast the slices of bread, then add the tuna mixture on the bottom slice of each sandwich, top off with the sliced hard boiled eggs and place the top slice of bread over each sandwich, gently push down on each sandwich

  6. Transfer the sandwiches into a baking tray lined with parchment paper, brush some egg wash (2 eggs whisked and seasoned with salt & pepper) on both sides of each sandwich

  7. Add the baking tray into a preheated oven, bake + broil option (bottom + top heat), 220 C - 425 F

  8. After 10 minutes and the sandwiches are golden baked, remove from the oven, cut each one in half and serve, warm or at room temperature


This recipe was created by Albert Bevia, a Spanish food blogger at Spain On A Fork