Skinny Burrito in a Jar

5 from 4 votes

Make-ahead and take to work. A new twist on a Mexican favorite.

skinny 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.

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.

5 from 4 votes

Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Low in calories and fat, this burrito in a jar will hit the right spot both in flavor and in health.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 jar
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 cup salsa no sugar added
  • 15 ounces black beans canned, drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese reduced fat, 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1jar | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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

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

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

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

  4. 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?

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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

    3. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Hi,
    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 .

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

  10. 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!

    1. 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.

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