June 14, 2012
Today I’m going to show you how to pack a homemade version of those Lunchables nachos your kids love!
This box has all the elements: chips, queso dip, protein, and fresh snacks; keep reading to see how to arrange this box so all the ingredients stays fresh.
Homemade Nachos & Cheese Lunchable
If your kids love those pre-packaged yellow boxes with nacho cheese and chips, this homemade version is a great swap that will cost less and includes better-tasting ingredients.
For the nacho dip, you can either use a queso cup from the grocery store or make my infamous (and easy) cheese dip and pack it into a mini sauce container- either way, you can’t go wrong.
From there, the rest of the lunch is a cinch to assemble; it’s a matter of what you’re kids would love to dip with queso.
What is in a Homemade Lunchables Nacho Lunch
This lunch can be packed with any ingredients, but you will need tortilla chips and nacho cheese to complete it.
- Nacho dip: the star of this lunchable combo!
- Tortilla chips: regular, blue corn, and even whole grain crackers.
- Black olives: optional, but make a great snack in this bento.
- Protein: sliced cooked chicken, rolled deli meat, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Snacks: sliced veggies and fruit of any kind.
What Cheese Dip to Use for a Nachos Lunchable
To make this homemade nacho lunchable, you can use your favorite store-bought cheese sauce or my homemade cheese dip recipe. Two better-ingredient options you can find at the store (and on Amazon) are Primal Kitchen’s Queso Plant Based Dip and the 365 Organic Salsa con Queso.
Watch how it’s made in this video!
How to Pack this Nacho Lunchables for Lunch
Here’s the part where I show you how to assemble all of these ingredients, so they stay fresh for lunch:
Wash and slice the fruit and veggies, if needed. Slice grilled chicken.
- Wet ingredients together
The veggies, olives, and chicken can be packed into the same compartment. If you don’t want the fruit to pick on the flavors of the chicken or protein, pack it separately.
- Chips separate
To keep the chips crispy, they should be packed into their own compartment or container.
- Prepare for shipment
Close the lunchbox and add it to a lunch bag with an ice pack.
- Cheese sauce
If you’re making homemade cheese dip, pack it into a mini sauce container. Otherwise, add the sealed dip cup to the lunch container or bag.
Ready to get packing? Grab the best container for homemade lunchables here.
DIY “Lunchables” Nachos
- ½ red bell pepper, sliced into ¼-inch thick strips
- 1 small apple, sliced
- ¼ cup pitted black olives
- 3- ounces grilled chicken, sliced
- 1 serving blue corn tortilla chips
- ¼ cup or 2 ounces nacho cheese dip
- Wash and slice the fruit and veggies as needed.
- Pack the veggies, olives, and chicken into a compartmentalized lunch container. The fruit can be packed in the same or a separate compartment.
- To keep the chips crunchy, pack them separate from the rest of the ingredients.
- If making this with homemade nacho dip, pack it into a mini sauce container or add the dip cup to the lunch bag along with the assembled Lunchable and an ice pack.