Cooking with Kids: Macaroni & Cheese Bites With Latin Flavor

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easy mac and cheese bites recipe

Food has always brought our familia together, for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, out of all our little neighborhood friends–our familia, was the only one that had a family sit down meal at dinner.   It’s sad but true.  I remember our friends always making sure they came over an hour before our dinner time just so that they could have a hot meal, with a family.  After dinner my dad always gave our friends the option to leave or stay and join us for our family devotional time.  Believe it or not, my brothers “gangster” friends always chose to say for the whole thing.  All of our friends that “happened” to be over our house around dinner always chose to stay for our devotional.

Now, I have the joy of bringing our family and friends together over a meal. Or sometimes it’s just creating memories with my boys by cooking and baking with them.  They love it, though sometimes it’s definitely more work for me, I enjoy the memories we are making together.  At the end of my post I share our Cooking with Kids video, so check it out.

We enjoyed a beautiful day by making some Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Bites together for our outdoor picnic, they are also great for a family cookout!

macaroni and cheese bites

My second born loves soccer so everywhere we go he brings his soccer ball we’ve had to make a rule about him bringing it to dinner but since we were having a picnic outside I made an exception.

macaroni and cheese bites

These Macaroni and Cheese Bites were perfect for our outdoor picnic.  They just grabbed them with their fingers and had at it.  And add some Capri Sun drinks to it and you’re kids will be jumping off the wall with excitement. At least mine will, because we are water drinkers in our casa but every now and then we give them special juice treats.

capri sun

Can you tell who had one too many mac and cheese bites on our picnic?

cheesy smile

They are also pretty enough as appetizers for your party or “campeonato” gathering!

mac and cheese bites

Cooking with Kids: Macaroni & Cheese Bites with Latin Flavor–

Chipotle Avocado Macaroni and Cheese Bites


  • Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
  • 2 Avocados peeled and pitted
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle
  •  1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste


1. Follow the directions on your Kraft Mac n cheese box.  Set aside prepared mac and cheese.

2. In a blender place all of the above ingredients. Blend until it’s a creamy, smooth mixture.

3. Take the avocado mixture and pour into your prepared mac and cheese. Mix well.

Put avocado mac and cheese inside greased muffin tins and place in fridge so they can solidify about 30 minutes.

Pop them out and enjoy cold or warm.  My kids preferred them cold.

Here’s my very first cooking with kids video so don’t be too critical.

Chipotle Avocado Mac N Cheese from Mari Tuten on Vimeo.

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7 Responses to “Cooking with Kids: Macaroni & Cheese Bites With Latin Flavor”

  1. May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Love these bites, perfect for a snack or to eat while watching the soccer games. Love the video, your little ones are great helpers. Thanks for participating in this campaign. #client
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    May 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Paula, Yes, I love how easy they are to whip up and enjoy! ~mari

  3. June 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Beautiful recipe and that video is lovely! #client
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      June 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Adriana, Thanks!

  4. July 9, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Love the presentation, perfect for the game, yummy
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  5. July 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    This is such a cute idea to amp up plain ole mac and cheese. I love the video of you with your kiddos– having fun in the kitchen with kids is a great way to bond and build up their skills. 🙂
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