Black Bean Taco Salad

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Brown bagging it will taste amazing when you pack up a Black Bean Taco Salad. These stay good for several days in the fridge, so make a bulk batch!

Black Bean Taco Salad at the beach

As some of you know already, my regular Sunday routine includes making lunches for the week. My husband takes lunch to work most days. (It only took me 20+ years of marriage to realize I could make many lunches at one time instead of trying to figure it out on the fly every single night.)

I feel good about packing a Santa Fe Salad, an easy Caesar salad, or a Chef’s salad instead of getting take-out. Homemade is so much cheaper and tastier.

While I’m at it, I make extras for myself, something we’ll be ramping up even more as the school year gets under way.

Having lunches made and ready to go makes it so easy to eat cheaply during a school day, on a road trip, or for an afternoon at the beach. And yes, I really did pack the hot sauce in the cooler. Call me an HM, but I’m okay with that. 😉

This Black Bean Taco Salad is super filling and perfect for brown bagging. I made 8 of them on a Sunday night, and they were still delicious on Thursday at the beach. How’s that for make-ahead?!

How Do You Make A Healthy Taco Salad?

First divide the green among four dinner plate or if packing for take-away then in dishes with lids.

Then divide the beans, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and scallions among the four dishes.

You can divide the sour cream among the four dishes or, if packing for take-away, into four small containers with lids. Then do the same with with the salsa.

You can refrigerate the salads and sauces until ready to serve.  I like to serve the salads with the chips and sauces on the side.

This salad is super delicious just the way the recipe is written, but what if you’ve got a special diet you’re working with? Omit the cheese for dairy-free/vegan. Swap chicken for the cheese and beans for Whole 30/paleo. Yum, yum, yum.

four black bean salads in to go containers

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Cheese is your big ticket items here. Stock up when you see a good sale.
  • Cook your own beans. It’s super cheap to cook beans at home.
  • Shop at ALDI. When I’m not of the mind to cook my own beans, I buy our canned beans by the case at ALDI. They are the cheapest deal in town and I love the convenience of opening a can. ALDI also has great prices on produce.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

Black Bean Taco Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Brown bagging it will taste amazing when you pack up a Black Bean Taco Salad. These stay good for several days in the fridge, so make a bulk batch!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black bean, lunch recipes, taco salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces baby greens
  • two 15-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • 1 red or green bell pepper cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • salsa hot sauce, and/or sour cream
  • 4 cup tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Divide the greens among four dinner plates or, if packing for take-away, dishes with lids. Divide the beans, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and scallions among the four dishes.
  2. Divide the sour cream among the four dishes or, if packing for take-away, into four small containers with lids. Repeat with the salsa. Refrigerate the salads and sauces until ready to serve.
  3. Serve the salads with the chips and sauces on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Taco Salad
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 1050mg 44%
Potassium 1009mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 31.9%
Vitamin C 69.9%
Calcium 31.5%
Iron 28.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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