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Easy healthy taco salad in mason jars with a jar of salsa on the side.
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Healthy Taco Salad in a Mason Jar

Take this Healthy Taco Salad to work or school in a super convenient mason jar!  This easy mason jar salad recipe is a gluten-free and easy work lunch that you can prep-ahead for the week!

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 531 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • ¾ cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef 93/7
  • Taco Seasoning Mix:
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Mason Jar Taco Salads:
  • ¼ cup salsa medium
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing*
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomatoes finely diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese* shredded
  • 1 large avocado cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 20 corn tortilla chips crushed
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  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and chopped red onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until almost cooked through.
  2. Push onions to the side and add lean ground beef. Saute for 7-8 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. While beef is cooking mix together cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Once ground beef is done cooking, turn off heat and add seasoning ingredients. Mix to combine. Using a potato masher or the back of your fork, crumble the ground beef to your desired consistency.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the salsa and ranch.
  6. In four 24-oz. wide mouth mason jars add equal amounts of the salsa-ranch, ground beef mixture, corn, beans, tomatoes, and cheese. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  7. The morning before serving, add ¼ of the avocado, 1 cup of greens, and crushed corn tortilla chips.*
  8. Shake mason jar well before pouring contents into a large salad bowl to enjoy.

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Recipe Notes

*Use dairy-free Ranch dressing and cheese for a dairy-free taco salad recipe.

**Bring the tortilla chips and avocado separately to maintain the most freshness. 

***If you want to have warm ground beef on your salad simply empty out the contents on the top and then heat up the ground beef and taco salad dressing just before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Taco Salad in a Mason Jar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 895mg39%
Potassium 1209mg35%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 2380IU48%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.