Take-to-School Taco Bar

If your kids love taco night, surprise them with a do-it-yourself taco bar that fits neatly into a lunch box.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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4 thin slices roast beef (about 3 ounces)

4 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas

1/3 cup shredded Cheddar, Monterey jack or "Mexican blend" cheese

1/4 cup Quickie Guacamole, recipe follows, or store-bought fresh guacamole

1/4 cup Speedy Salsa, recipe follows, or store-bought fresh salsa

2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt, optional

Mini bottle hot sauce

Multi-compartment lunch box

Speedy Salsa:

2 ripe tomatoes (about 1 pound), halved

1/4 small red onion or white, halved

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves or fresh mint leaves, optional

Quickie Guacamole:

1 ripe Hass avocado, halved and seeded

1 lime, halved

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup diced tomatoes, mango, or quartered seedless grapes, optional


  1. Fold 1 slice roast beef inside each of 2 soft tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. Pack in the biggest compartment of the lunch box. Pack other compartments with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and other favorite toppings. Seal and send off to school.

Speedy Salsa:

  1. Grate tomatoes on the largest holes of a box grater into a bowl all the way down to the skins. Discard the skins. Grate the onion into the tomato. Stir in olive oil. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with cilantro leaves on the side, or stirred in, if desired.

Quickie Guacamole:

  1. Scoop the flesh from the shell with a spoon into a medium bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocado and stir to coat evenly. Add the salt. Use a fork to stir and mash into a chunky guacamole. Stir in tomatoes or fruit, if desired.