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Skinny Burrito in a Jar

by Skinny Ms.

Burrito in a Jar
We’ve all seen those tasty salad in a jar recipes on Pinterest. But sometimes a girl just needs something a bit more filling. Enter the Skinny Burrito in a Jar. Yes, we actually put a burrito in a jar.

This recipe is low in fat and calories, making it a smart choice for those watching the scale. But it also offers a generous 16 grams of protein—a must-have nutrient when it comes to building and maintaining muscle and bone. (Read this to learn more about protein and why it’s essential for a healthy body.)

Why else will you love Skinny Burrito in a Jar?

        • It’s so easy! No cooking required, and you can mix the ingredients in under 5 minutes.
        • It’s a make-ahead! Make it Sunday, and then enjoy it for lunch on Monday.
        • It’s perfectly portioned! A ½-pint canning jar holds a 1-cup serving.
        • It does double-duty! Enjoy this healthy recipe straight from the jar or add it to a whole wheat wrap.

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Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size:1 jar | Calories: 191 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Cholesterol: 1 | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Sodium: 27 mg | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 15 g |


  • 1 cup salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, non-fat (optional non-fat sour cream)


Evenly divide each ingredient into 4 (1/2 pint size) canning jars. Add ingredients in this order: 1/4 cup salsa, 1/4 heaping cup black beans, 1/4 cup cheese, and 2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream.

Refrigerate for up to two days. Eat straight from the jar or add to a whole wheat wrap.

TIP: Try adding 1/4 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice to each jar.

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23 Responses to Skinny Burrito in a Jar

  • Can this be frozen? So I could do more than 2 days worth?

  • Alice Gower says:

    Love this idea. Can you tell me what kind of jars those are? The little checkered lids are adorable.

  • shellbear22 says:

    I love substituting greek yogurt for sour cream! Yummy!

  • Pam says:

    I have not purchased sour cream in a very long time. Use greek yogurt instead…for everything that would call for sour cream.

  • Kelly says:

    I've been eating this for lunches, except without the cheese and I added shredded chicken and guacamole. Keeps me full all afternoon!

  • Jennifer says:

    Pam, is that an even swap?

  • kerri carlson says:

    I am not a fan of black beans, do you have any suggestions for another type of bean to substitute that would be equally healthy?

  • Barb says:

    I love beans, but they do not 'love' me. :) Any suggestions on how to get around the tummy issues?

    • Lauren says:

      Perhaps try a lean protein like shredded chicken breast for the protein? You could add a little chili powder, onion powder and cumin to give it a little extra kick. I'm sure it would change the nutritional values of the meal, but would still be a good little meal to take to work.

    • Edward says:

      It might be the fiber or the indigestible sugars that gut bacteria feed on and produce gas.

      If fiber, most people adjust, but increasing the amount of fiber slowly might help minimize the discomfort as your body adjusts.

      If sugars, make sure to drain and rinse off the soaking water and do the same for cooking water if possible.

      I know different cuisines add herbs or spices to reduce gas, e.g. Indians use an herb call asafoetida,. Seems like garlic powder and while indian it might not be out of place in Mexican dishes or any bean dish that uses garlic or onions.

      I've never used it, but there is always Beano.

    • Rex Havoc says:

      I have found white beans (great northerns, chickpeas, etc.) cause fewer issues for some people…however, a lot of those issues will go away if you eat beans more often. Try eating a small amount on a salad once or twice a week and see if you can build up a tolerance, or experiment with different types of beans. good luck!

  • Cheryl says:

    Are these jelly jars or are they even smaller? Thank You…

    • SkinnyMs says:

      You can use a pint jar, this is a 2 cup sized jar or half pint jar, this is about a 1 cup sized jar. Refer to the serving size portion of the nutrition data here for each serving.

  • Angie says:

    20 net grams of carbs – ouch!

  • Shaeryn says:

    Confused, you make 4 at a time but they're only good for 2 days?

  • Jeanean says:

    These are great. I like to add a little torn up lettuce or spinach. I also like to quarter and couple tortillas ( I prefer corn) and broil them in a toaster oven until they are chippy. Some are chewing since it's a cheap toaster oven, but I actually like the chewy ones too.

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