Taco Pinwheels Recipe- Easy Lunch Box Ideas

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This recipe for taco pinwheels makes the perfect easy lunch box idea for back to school. It’s a fun alternative to traditional sandwiches and you can use up your leftover taco meat from dinner the night before.

I love a good recipe that repurposes leftovers, because you can cook less and also prevent food waste throughout the week. This saves money and makes it easier to stick to your meal plan!

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You can customize this lunch box idea for picky eaters, and it’s sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy too!

Simply enjoy some tacos on Sunday night, and double the meat in order to have plenty to create these adorable and delicious taco pinwheels. The whole family will be excited to open their lunch box and find something other than their usual peanut butter and jelly.

Grab some tortillas and your favorite taco fixings and you’ll be set for a back to school lunch box idea that’s easy and budget friendly too.

See also: 14 Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Ingredients for Taco Pinwheels

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  • 4 – 6 large flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup leftover seasoned taco meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • guacamole, salsa, and sour cream for serving, if desired

Recipe for Taco Pinwheels

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Mix cream cheese, taco meat, shredded cheese, red and green bell pepper together until combined. 

Evenly spread 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the cream cheese mixture onto the flour tortilla. 

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Roll tortillas up tightly and wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap to chill in the refrigerator overnight. 

In the morning, before school, slice each tortilla into 1 1/2 inch pinwheels and place in the lunch box. 

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Taco Pinwheel Lunch Box side Ideas

Pair this yummy taco pinwheel recipe with a side of guacamole and chips. Add a side of fruit for a delicious and well balanced meal that even your picky eaters will love!

Send an apple juice or water bottle, and maybe a little dessert, and you can feel confident that your kids are eating well while away at school.

Favorite Lunch Box Containers

Now that you have a new and creative taco pinwheel lunch box idea, it’s time to make sure you have the proper lunch box and condiment containers.

What are your favorite lunch box ideas for kids?

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