Tacos in a jar

If many of you are like me, you like to save money wherever you can. My husband and I are fans of Chipotle but not of the calories. So I began to think to myself how can I make this more healthy? I recently started meal prepping in a mason jar (let me tell you it’s so much fun) and I can’t believe I was using boxes before. You would not believe how much fits into a mason jar. I went onto amazon one afternoon and purchased a pack of 12 jars that hold 16oz. Let me tell you it might seem like not so much but my husband is completely satisfied by the amount of food I cram in there.

After buying the jars I thought to myself what do I like the most about the burrito bowls at Chipotle? I began to make a list of all the items I needed, looked at the local ads around me (I am a fan of Schnucks) but you can go anywhere to get a good deal. When I meal prep, I make 5 of each thing for the week (there are 2 of us). So usually I will make 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches (2 different ones to alternate), 10 snack baggies and prep 3 dinners. I know seems like a ton of work!

Alright enough about my style, lets get cooking. I always start with my “wet” ingredients at the bottom, so everything doesn’t get too soggy. Below you can see what it would look like stacked into the jar.

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Recipe for Taco in a Jar (from bottom to top):

  • 2-4 tbsp Homemade pico (will list recipe further down)  depending on if you have big tomato eaters in your home.
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup black beans (I buy them in a can)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice (any brown rice will do, we are a fan of the 3 minute heat up from trader joes)
  • 1/4 cup ground turkey with taco seasoning (you can use beef if you would like)
  • a pinch (1tbsp) of Mexican Cheese
  • then push it all down and add as much shredded lettuce as you would like

I prefer to eat mine out of a bowl, my husband heats his up in the mason jar. Cooks all the way through for about 60-90 seconds (depending on your microwave.)

Recipe for Pico (I crave it during my pregnancy, so I make it in large batches):

  • 8 roma tomatoes, diced finely and strained
  • 1/2 of a white or yellow onion diced finely
  • handful of chopped cilantro, depending on taste
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, depending if you like spicy or not
  • 1 tbsp diced garlic
  • 2 limes juiced (I also grate some of the skin in to add some tanginess)
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste (roughly 1 tbsp each)

First I cut up the tomatoes and use my pasta colander to get out any extra juices. then I add it to a big mixing bowl. I then add in the onion, garlic and jalapeño peppers. (TIP: wear gloves when chopping the peppers. The residue isn’t great at coming off your hands so if you rub your eye it may sting. Trust me from experience). I then fold in the cilantro, grate my limes then squeeze out the juice and add the salt and pepper to taste.

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This is what the finished product looks like when I pour it into the bowl! Enjoy and happy eating!

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