Skinny Burrito in a Jar

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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.

Why 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.

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 | Cholesterol: 1 | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Sodium: 27 mg | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 15 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4 |


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. Refrigerate for up to two days. Eat straight from the jar or add to a whole wheat wrap.
  3. TIP: Try adding 1/4 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice to each jar.

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47 Comments on "Skinny Burrito in a Jar"

  1. Michele Thompson  June 30, 2013

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

    • Skinny Ms.  July 1, 2013

      Michele, I don’t think this would taste to great after being frozen and thawed.

  2. Alice Gower  July 7, 2013

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

    • Skinny Ms.  July 8, 2013

      Alice, The jars are Ball Mason Jars, Better Homes & Gardens brand. I think I bought them at Walmart sometime ago. 🙂

    • Annie Dickie  November 22, 2013

      You can also buy replacement lids at some dollar stores. They have many different styles to choose from!

  3. shellbear22  July 7, 2013

    I love substituting greek yogurt for sour cream! Yummy!

  4. Pam  July 8, 2013

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

  5. Kelly  July 23, 2013

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

  6. Jennifer  July 29, 2013

    Pam, is that an even swap?

  7. kerri carlson  October 14, 2013

    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?

  8. Jessica  December 2, 2013

    Do you heat it?

    • caris  March 3, 2015

      I love it heated…but if you heat it, just leave the yogurt off until the end. It doesn't like being heated up

      • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2015

        Carissa, Good idea!

  9. Barb  December 2, 2013

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

    • Lauren  July 20, 2014

      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  August 24, 2014

      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.

      • Billie Selene  February 18, 2017

        Good info and I am a HUGE (no girth jokes!) Fan of Beano. Follow directions live a better bean filled life. lol

    • Rex Havoc  August 25, 2014

      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!

  10. Cheryl  February 20, 2014

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

    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      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.

  11. Angie  June 5, 2014

    20 net grams of carbs – ouch!

    • SkinnyMs  June 6, 2014

      Angie, They are complex carbs in the beans.

  12. Shaeryn  June 9, 2014

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

    • SkinnyMs  June 11, 2014

      Shaeryn, That's right. To make 2 servings, halve the recipe.

      • Liz  July 30, 2014

        Or find a diet buddy and share. I skipped the beans and added poached salmon. Delish!!

  13. Jeanean  October 28, 2014

    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.

  14. Amy Smith Potter  December 7, 2014

    Just made these! So yummy. I put it over rice. Thanks for the recipe!!! 🙂

    • SkinnyMs  December 8, 2014

      Amy, You're welcome:)!!

  15. Bianca  March 28, 2015

    I live in The Netherlands so I am not quite sure what you mean by adding salsa.. is it regular tomato saus? Thank you for answering. I really love your website .

    • SkinnyMs  March 28, 2015

      Bianca, Salsa is a mexican tomato sauce. It’s a combination of chopped tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, and/ or garlic :). It can also have lime juice and cilantro. Here is our recipe for salsa: Jalapenos are a milder, though still spicy chili pepper. If you have other peppers you can use those instead, using less or more depending on heat.

  16. Jenna  April 1, 2015

    these things are SO GOOD. admittedly, as i often forgo breakfast besides a banana or something small (and 0 points!), when i make this recipe it's good for two lunches, instead of four. i eat warm, and add a cup or two of chopped romaine.

  17. Sarah C.  August 31, 2015

    I made these but I added a bit of frozen, thawed, fire-roasted corn after the beans. Delicious!

  18. Shannon S.  May 2, 2016

    I am not a fan of greek yogurt or sour cream so would it hurt to just leave those out?

  19. Alejandro  August 30, 2016

    Looks amazing. New cooker. What does “salsa” exactly mean? I mean, that could mean ketchup, guacamole…

    • Kym Votruba  August 30, 2016

      You can use any store-bought jarred salsa with no added sugar, or create your own with diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt, and peppers, to taste.

  20. Katie @ Dinner'N'Dancing  February 15, 2017

    Love this idea! I would add roasted sweet potatoes too 🙂

    • Kym Votruba  February 15, 2017

      Yum! Thanks for the great idea!

  21. tomecia  February 19, 2017

    Looks soooo delish! Im really trying to drop pounds by eating healthier and boosting my workout regimen. Im so trying this!

  22. Bianca  April 25, 2017

    Gonna try this out for tommoros school lunch loos so easy! 🙂

  23. Meowmeow  February 22, 2018

    I made this for the first time yesterday but the quarter cup per serving portion was just too small a lunch for me to not want a snack along side it, so I made one portion out of half cup quantities instead. Still nice and healthy. I decided to add rice and some quorn mince with it as well and it tasted lovely for my lunch today. Might leave the quorn out next time as I actually a feel a little too full but this is just such a lovely and simple lunch to make. I decided to store the rice and beans in the fridge for a good 3 day portion so very quick to make each evening as well!

    • Nichole Furlong  February 22, 2018

      We’re do glad you enjoyed the recipe. Adding the rice was a great idea! You’re always more than welcome to adjust our serving size to fit your needs. Just remember it will change the nutritional information.

  24. Missy  January 19, 2019

    What could I replace the salsa with? Not a fan of the spicy or salsa.

  25. Jen  January 20, 2019

    If adding rice, should it go in first?

    • Gale Compton  January 23, 2019

      Jen, Adding the rice first works well as it will absorb any liquids that are absorbed. 🙂


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