My whole family loves Mexican food. Whether it’s tacos, nachos, burritos, Mexican has always been a fave. Now, thanks to these fun, new Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese options we can add my Fiesta Mac and Cheese recipe to the list!
As a side note — my kids are THRILLED that Kraft Dinner in shapes are finally available in their corner of the world (and yours too!). I will never forget when we were in a tiny grocery store in Alaska where the highlight of the shopping trip was standing in front of the Kraft Dinner display marvelling at the many different options of Kraft Dinner including the Halloween-shaped one (it was October of course). My son, who was five at the time, stated quite loudly that “if they can have pumpkin-shaped Kraft Dinner in the middle of NOWHERE, then why couldn’t we have it in Canada?”
Yes, there was a lot of emphasis on the “nowhere” or at least enough to embarrass his mother.
Needless to say, my kids are excited about the new shape options and the “Fishy” shapes one is their favourite. Even the shape of the new Kraft Dinner Spicy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese is a bit thicker and more adult-looking (not that I’d judge if you like your KD the regular way!) than the original shape. In fact, my husband didn’t even know he was eating Kraft Dinner until I told him.
What I love the most about this recipe is that both the adults and the kids in my house feel like they are getting something made just for them. My husband gets to have his dinner with the amount of spice he likes (not the non-existent spice level the kids like) and the kids get to spend their dinner “fishing” for all the different types of fish in the new Kraft Dinner Underwater Creatures Macaroni & Cheese.
I also love that it comes together fast and easy with a few staple ingredients and all with enough time left over to do the regular rushing to sports and activities.
To make my Fast And Easy Fiesta Mac And Cheese Recipe, simply cook your Kraft Dinner.
Sauté onions and ground beef.
Add in the veggies.
Prepare your Kraft Dinner (the same way you always have!).
Stir in the cooked Kraft Dinner, salsa, and cheese.
1 156g box of Kraft Dinner Spicy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
1 156g box of Kraft Dinner Underwater Creatures Macaroni & Cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup of salsa
1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
Cook one package of Kraft Dinner Spicy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese and one package of Kraft Dinner Underwater Creatures Macaroni & Cheese (in separate pots, of course) according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat, add onions and sauté until soft.
Add ground beef and cook completely.
When ground beef is cooked reduce heat and add black beans and frozen corn (yes totally frozen — I promise it will thaw quickly!).
Prepare both pots of Kraft Dinner according to package directions.
Add half the ground beef mixture to each pot of Kraft Dinner and stir until combined.
Add 1/2 cup of salsa (depends on how much you like it) and 1/2 cup of cheese to each pot and stir until combined.
Serve with additional salsa and cheese on top!
Mom Tip: If you don’t think your kids will eat black beans (I didn’t think mine would either) then simply omit them in the steps above until you add half the ground beef mixture to the Kraft Dinner Underwater Creatures Macaroni & Cheese then add the black beans to the remaining ground beef mixture (you might want to reduce the amount) and sauté for a minute then add to the Kraft Dinner Spicy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese — now everyone is happy!
PS: Want a bit more spice? Use mild salsa for the kids and medium or hot salsa for the adults. If you still need a bit more kick, add a few dashes of hot sauce and use Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia.