Picnic Taco Jars


If you're planning a picnic, but are tired of plain ol' sandwiches, try this Mason jar taco salad. All the taco components are here in a portable container that you can reuse for all kinds of make-and-take meals. Anyone who loves tacos will love a picnic that includes this taco salad in a jar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • ¾ cup chopped tomato (1 medium)

  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

  • 2 cup tortilla chips, coarsely crumbled

  • ¼ cup salsa


  1. In a large skillet cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high until beef is browned. Drain off fat. Stir in chili powder, salt, cumin, and pepper. Cook and stir 1 minute more.

  2. In 4 wide-mouth pint canning jars layer the beef mixture, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and tortilla chips. Top each with salsa.

  3. Tote to picnic in insulated coolers. Serve within 2 hours.

    Picnic Taco Jars
    Dera Burreson

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

440 Calories
26g Fat
26g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 440
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 706mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 610mg 13%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 37.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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