Boy cooking at kitchen island

Cooking with Kids: Kid-Friendly Tacos

Arizona Federal Staff

Cooking with kids is a great way to spend quality time together – and gives them the chance to learn about cooking. They may also be more willing to try foods they helped make instead of wrinkling their noses with “What’s that?”

Help with meal prep and more

Kids can easily help in the kitchen. Depending upon age, they can scrub veggies and fruit, wipe tables, set the table, and prep foods by tearing, breaking or snapping. 

They can also pour liquids into batter, pour measured ingredients together, hand-mix batter and shake food items. They can mash soft foods, hand-beat eggs and measure ingredients. 

Kitchen safety

Time in the kitchen together is also a good way to reinforce kitchen safety. 

Remind your kids to wash their hands and pull back long hair. Explain how hot stoves, hot oven doors and hot water can hurt them. Teach them how to safely use or avoid sharp knives, broken glass and sharp graters.

And remember to be patient – it may take longer to cook than when you don’t have their help! Spills and messes will happen more often, but have your kids' help in the cleaning up process too. Most importantly, remember that you aren’t just creating food, you are creating memories.

Here is a simple recipe to do with your kids from blogger Elisse Kipe.

Kid-Friendly Tacos

Ingredients:
Corn tortillas
Marinara sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350 F.

Add sauce to the tortillas, leaving about 1/2 inch around so it doesn’t spill over the edge.

Sprinkle cheese according to taste.

If you aren’t a fan of scrubbing, place the tortilla on a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Fold the tortillas and eat.