Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad

Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad #organizeyourselfskinny #masonjarsald

I eat taco salads a lot – mostly, because my kids are obsessed with tacos. I make them weekly and almost always have leftovers. Those leftovers usually make their way to a taco pizza or taco salad the next day. Since we eat some type of taco recipe ALL THE TIME I never really thought about making taco salad for lunches. However, a reader asked me a couple weeks ago on my facebook page if I ever tried to make the chopped taco salad into a mason jar salad. Well no I didn’t but…I can.

Last weekend I decided to take on the mason jar taco salad challenge. To reduce the calories slightly from the original salad I swapped out the beef for ground turkey; used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream; and left out the black olives. For some extra zip I threw in pickled jalapeños and red onion. This salad is super versatile so really you can use any of your favorite taco salad ingredients.

Here’s a quick video I made to bring this chopped taco mason jar salad to life.

The results were delicious. When I was putting these salads together I did get a little nervous because I realized that these salads are consumed cold and I was not sure how cold taco meat would taste. I usually warm up the taco meat when I make these salads the conventional way. However, when the salad is mixed together I did not mind the taco meat being cold at all. If you think that will bother you then you can certainly use chicken.

I want to talk about the amount of taco meat to use per jar. My original plan was to make taco meat using 1lb ground turkey and 1 (15 ounce) black beans. Then just divide between all the mason jars. However, after the meat was made it seemed like a lot so I ended up only using 1/3 cup of the meat per jar. When I was eating the salad I thought it I could have used more of the meat. So, use the amount of meat you think would be best. I figured the nutritional information using all the meat so if you use less then your calories will be less.

I would also like to address the avocado question. I have been using avocado’s in my mason jar recipes since I have started and never once did I have the problem with them turning brown. Before I add the avocados I squeeze lime on them. That seems to be enough to keep them green. I also think using the glass jars have a lot to do with it too. Not sure why but maybe because it keeps the air out. Regardless, my avocados always stay green.

If you are a taco salad fan then you will love having these salads ready for lunches everyday during the week.

See my other mason jar salads here.

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Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad
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Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 5
  • 5 wide mouth quart size mason jars
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (I use simply organic)
  • 1¼ cups salsa
  • 5 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 small to medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • juice from half of a lime
  • 11 ounce jar pickled jalapeños, drained and chopped
  • 5 cups chopped romain lettuce
  1. in a medium pan cook ground turkey until no longer pink. Add black beans, seasoning packet, and the amount of water stated in seasoning packet directions. Let taco mixture cool.
  2. Divide ingredients among mason jars starting with salsa then adding greek yogurt, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, jalapeños, avocados, taco meat, then lettuce. Place lid on and close tight. No need to vacuum seal or anything like that.
  3. When ready to eat, shake real good, then pour into a bowl and enjoy. Can serve with tortilla chips.
Make ahead instructions

These salads can be made 5-6 days ahead of time.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mason jar Calories: 402 Fat: 15 Carbohydrates: 47 Fiber: 13


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  1. How long can you leave these in a jar before they will spoil?

    • I’ve actually had the one in my fridge TWO weeks and everything is still awesome. I just ate the second to last one for dinner and everything tasted as good as the first one 🙂

  2. how much protein is in this recipe?

  3. I love the idea of Mason jar recipes. The simplicity of it as well as the aesthetic appeal is something I really enjoy. I’m putting together a post for my lifestyle blog, Kelsey Says, on salads you actually want to eat. I’d like to include this recipe in it. I would credit you, and link back to the site, of course. Let me know if you have any issue with this.

    Thanks, and enjoy your day!

  4. Love this idea! Just wanted to let you know I included you in my round-up of 8 Mason Jar Recipes for Summer. Have a good one. 🙂

  5. Protein or WW+ points?

  6. How long can you keep the jars and does it not turn brown and all the lettuce or the vegetables

  7. How many grams of protein does each jar have?

  8. Tina Whitman says:

    I love this idea but can I send glass jars to school? Anyone have any experience with this? Jr and high schoolers

    • I send my kids with glass jars to school all the time! They work great and I love not giving them plastic in their lunch boxes

  9. Since I don’t see it used in the recipe, I’m guessing the lime juice is used to keep the avocados from browning?

    I’m living out of a hotel at the moment so I have to make do with some things. I’m thinking about trying store-bought guacamole and sour cream rather than the avocados and yogurt. I also have soy crumbles instead of ground meat. I’m just hoping that once I assemble the jars, they won’t go bad in the mini-fridge before the end of the week.


  10. You can easily make your own taco seasoning much better than store bought packers. You might even have all the ingredients already!

  11. Megan Meints says:

    This is so delicious! Everyone at my work is so jealous of my lunch today. (:

  12. How many WW points or grams of protein please? I would like to make these but need to calculate. Thanks.

  13. Margaret S. says:

    Was really, REALLY good, and filling. Just for my own taste next time I’ll probaby use less jalapeño, but still great with whole jar.

  14. Delicious! Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Love this recipe. Anything in a jar is great. On this page was a video using steel cut oats cooked in a slow cooker. Can you send this recipe to my email address I would really appreciate that. I saw found your site and I am loving it. Thanks


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