5 Fun Ways to Kick Up Kraft Dinner

by zesty on September 1, 2008 · 14 comments

Well I think it is safe to say that at some point in our lives we have all been exposed to a box of kraft dinner or two.  I first have to tell you a couple of mandatory ingredients that are a must have for a successfull batch of the popular fluorescent orange meal.

To start it off – if one does not have real milk and real butter they should not even open the package of kraft dinner and get started.  These really are must haves to make the kraft dinner as it was intended.  While cooking it at our house – I usually add a little less milk and little more butter than they suggest to make it creamier.  I find if you add to much milk it becomes soup-like ( which I am not a huge fan of)

Now because Kraft Dinner preparation is not rocket science… I thought I would spice this post up and show you how I spent yesterday at the house.  I tested ( not for the first time for some) the below add-in recipes to make sure they turned out edible and worthy of letting the world see inside my unique kraft dinner add-ins.  So I hope you enjoy the recipes to follow and if you have any different or interesting comments about Kraft Dinner – I would love to hear about them.

Ground Beef

  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked
  • add taco seasoning (as you would to make meat for tacos, according to the package directions)
  • drained 1 can (15 oz.) Mexican style diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup mushroom pieces and stems


  • 1 can (6 oz.) tuna, drained chunk
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • dash of Italian seasoning
  • 1 can (10-1/2 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup each milk and frozen peas


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1/2 lb.), cooked, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers (about 1 medium)
  • dash of thyme


  • 1 cup Pepperoni or hotdog slices (about 1/4 lb.)
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 medium)


  • 1 cup of cooked ham ( cubed)
  • 1 cup of cooked spinach ( or baby spinach raw)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs

For the Ham Recipe above I like to stir in the parmesan cheese in at the very end then transfer everything to a casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and baked it in oven at 375 degrees until golden brown and bubbly.  And of course you can do that for any of the above choices but I find it works best with the ham and spinach.

Just for the record – I am not a huge fan of Kraft Dinner and I rarely eat it but it is fun to experiment. No matter how much you argue – most kids in this generation really do love the infamous orange noodle.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan

I might have to try the hot dog version using my favorite turkey dogs. Hope you had a good Labor Day!


2 ZestyCook

Hey Megan,
Yeah give it a try! I had a great labor day – pretty relaxing, weather was really poor – rained most of the day so I tried a few new dishes and a couple of new techniques. They will be part of the upcoming posts. I really love blogging. I find it addictive. How was your labor day?


3 Megan

Spent time with the family for Labor day! I actually used macaroni and cheese in the recipe I made last night, before I read your post. I will probably post the picture/blog tomorrow. It was a pizza casserole posted on another blog I read.



Thanks for these tips, I might try the tuna.


5 kelly

The recipes look good.

Another healthy idea is to simple add some white kidney beans 2/3 cup
and broccoli. Garnish generously with diced tomatoes add extra cheese if you like at the end.


6 Jim

This may be a dumb question, but if you like the ingredients from the different versions listed, can you mix and match? I like peppers, example, I like the peppers, the tuna, mushroom soup… I guess what I’m really asking… if there any definite concrete way of doing it ?



7 Sebzeli Salata

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8 Eninah

A fun twist for Kraft Dinner. A great way to spend time to teach my children a simple way to cook. Thanks.


9 Mackenzie

Hello there,

I like to take the three cheese shelled kraft dinner, and add regular sauteed onions. It adds a hint of flavour that most people do not get in their regular and plain kraft dinner. I add it in after I add the butter, cheese powder and milk, but before I start to combine all of the remaining ingredients. :)


10 Tor

I’ve cooked it with smoked salmon trimmings before – the cheap kind from supermarkets. Cauliflower always goes well with macaroni cheese, too. :)


11 KDKing

hey nice ideas. i’ve added nacho mix to KD.
Aswell as uncooked tomato soup and string cheese (the soup cooks while in the KD).
I’ve also made KD wraps using pita wraps


12 Dion

Try just the littlest touch of mustard it actually makes it taste cheasier


13 guest123bam

Hey well I have made probally the most epic kraft dinner ever tbh:
Last year me and my buddy made this and I hope u will all enjoy as much as we did
Monster kraft dinner:
Two boxs kraft dinner
1 pack of bacon
1 pack of hamburber fried in the spice of ur choice
Six hot dogs

And optional if u can handle the burn ur favorite hot sauce this will make a meal big enough too feed all and will really hit the spot trust me no veggie in this equation just pure man hood hahha


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