Lunchbox Tacos

With six kids, buying lunch everyday would kill our budget.  
$2.10 x 6 kids x 5 days/week x 36 weeks/school year = $2,268 per school year !!!!!

That is more than we spent on our family cruise last November.  If your kids had to choose between a lousy school lunch and a family cruise, would there really be any choice????
Last year, I even called the school’s food service and completely shut down our family lunch account.  They put up quite a battle, but eventually did as I requested.  Now my kids can’t “forget” their lunch and I can’t get lazy and just let them buy.
Best decision I’ve made as a Mom in awhile.

I try really hard to keep the food in their lunch boxes diverse, except for my sophomore who is too embarrassed to eat anything buy PB & J.

Our school does not offer microwaves, so I use a lot of thermos containers and recently discovered these bento-type boxes.  They really give me the chance to be creative and keep the kids from getting bored.

These tacos are a favorite for my kids.  They really love putting it together themselves, and yes, the meat is cold.  If your kids want warm meat, just stick that part of the taco in a small thermos.

I usually make the tacos with ground turkey because it is healthier and quite a bit cheaper.  Often times, I will add black beans to the meat which my kids love just as much.  Play with the toppings to whatever your kids love, and if you are feeling extra generous, substitute corn chips for the tortilla and they can make their own nachos!

Lunchbox Tacos
1 pound lean ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Optional addition:
1 can black beans, drained and well rinsed.

1.  Heat a skillet over high heat until very hot, then add your choice of ground meat.  Add the salt and pepper, then brown the meat, breaking up large chunks of meat with a wooden spoon.
2.  Add the remaining seasonings once the meat is fully cooked and stir well to distribute.  If using, add the black beans and stir into the meat.  Allow to cool before packing the lunches.
3.  Package your lunchbox tacos with your desired toppings such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa,  guacamole and sour cream.  Instead of a tortilla, you can also pack corn chips and they can make nachos instead of a taco.


  1. Stephanie Rine says

    thanks for all the wonderful lunchbox ideas Carole! Eric will be a happy lunch box eater this year!

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