Taco Salad in a Jar

This quick and easy lunch recipe is not only delicious, it’s packed with healthy food. Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, beans and more go into this Taco Salad in a Jar.

Taco Salad in a Jar -- This quick and easy lunch recipe is not only delicious, it's packed with healthy food! Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, beans and more!

With Spring and Summer quickly approaching, it’s nice to have lunch ready to go. We love heading to the park and beach when the weather is nice. With all the traveling we are doing to baseball games this Spring, it’s great to have our lunch (or dinner) packed and ready to eat.

We have been trying to eat better, and honestly, the restaurants that you can get healthy food are few and far between. It also gets expensive to eat out a lot.

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You can easily cut and prepare all the layers ahead of time, then the assembly of the salad in a jar goes super quick. Since I work at home, it’s also nice to have lunch ready to eat.

Taco Salad in a Jar -- This quick and easy lunch recipe is not only delicious, it's packed with healthy food! Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, beans and more!

You can certainly put whatever ingredients you like in your Taco Salad. I used salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, homemade corn salsa (we canned it last Fall), Taco Meat (I like to use the Slow Cooker), shredded cheese and tortilla strips for a little crunch.

While I love using a jar to pack salad in, I have found that the salad is often too dry for my liking. However, packing more dressing can be difficult – another jar to clean or small little packets. There are new Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing Squeezy packs, they are probably enough for 2 salads, unless you like a lot of dressing.

Taco Salad in a Jar -- This quick and easy lunch recipe is not only delicious, it's packed with healthy food! Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, beans and more!

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This quick and easy lunch recipe is not only delicious, it's packed with healthy food! Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, beans and more!
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Recipe type: Salad
Ingredients
  • Salsa - homemade (recipe here) or store bought
  • Lettuce - cleaned and cut
  • Tomatoes - cleaned and quartered
  • Black Beans - drained and rinsed
  • Corn Salsa - homemade (recipe here) or store bought
  • Taco Meat - Slow Cooker recipe here
  • Cheese - your favorite shredded
  • Tortilla Strips or Corn Chips
  • Mason Jar - any size will work, I found that wide mouth jars work best
Instructions
  1. Cook taco meat
  2. Cut lettuce and tomatoes
  3. Drain beans
  4. Layer ingredients - salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, corn salsa, taco meat, cheese and tortilla strips
  5. Add lid to jar
  6. Store in refrigerator until serving

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  1. This looks delicious! I could totally have tacos every day for lunch now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!
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  2. Shelley says:

    Thanks for the idea! This looks so good and I’d like to make them and take them with us on a trip we are planning. I was wondering, though, is it difficult to eat them out of the jar when they are so full?

    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet says:

      Eating them in the jar isn’t too difficult – sometimes I will pour them into a bowl as well- just to be able to mix a little more! Hope this helps!

  3. I’m liking this idea of a mason jar salad! Sounds like a great way to eat more veggies on the go. And the twist of doing a taco salad sounds wonderful. 🙂
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  4. This is a really great idea! I do something similar at thanksgiving with the leftovers, one jar for meat and stuffing and potatoes, and another for the veggies. I honestly get hypnotized looking at layered meals in mason jars. Is that weird?

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  5. Just curious, how well do these keep? Could I prep a weeks worth and keep them in the fridge and take out as needed?

    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet says:

      Generally they will keep that long- but there are always factors- the freshness of the produce, the temperature of the fridge. I would try 4 days first and work your way up!

  6. How do you eat these? straight from the jar or pour them onto a plate, what? I just don’t get what the purpose of the jar is.

    • Hi Serena, depending on where I am is how I eat the salad. If I am at somewhere I have access to a plate, I pour it on the plate and eat. If not, I eat straight from the jar.
      The main purpose of the jar is to have a portable container for a picnic or potluck, or even traveling.
      ~Liz

  7. Does the taco salad have to be heated or can you eat it cold? I like the idea of packing it for a picnic!

  8. That is really beautiful, but how does one actually eat it–my kids, well grandkids for whom I prepare lunches, don’t have access to plates or bowls, and this salad is designed to be dumped out. I think for me it makes more sense to put the salad, minus the salsa and/or dressing, into a plastic container, toss them and then pack the salsa and dressing into little snack bags that can be discarded after dumping.

    I have looked at lots of these mason jar lunch entrees–they are beautiful, but make way more sense for adults than kids. Knowing how children, particularly boys, toss around their lunch boxes, I don’t want to include glass under any circumstances.

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