Kids hit the kitchen for 'Día del Niño'

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The makers of Herdez Salsa, are bringing the tradition of Día del Niño, or Day of the Child, to life, through a month-long celebration. Hugely popular in Mexico, the holiday, observed on April 30, is growing in popularity in the U.S. 

This year, the brand is honoring the holiday through a special series of kid-friendly recipes, how-to videos and a Throwback Thursday weekly online giveaway.

Día del Niño is a special day in the Mexican culture that embraces the important role children play in society. Every year, adult communities make the day special for children through treats, toys, games and discounts to amusement parks. 

The Herdez brand is celebrating that tradition through the cooking advice of a "kid chef."

On Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, junior chef Cody Vasquez hit the kitchen. The 12-year-old chef  was selected as the designated kid chef for the Herdez Día Del Niño celebration.

"Chef Cody" has spent hours in the kitchen cooking with his mom, his grandfather, and working in his family's restaurants. His hard work and love of food earned him a trip to The White House to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the Kids State Dinner. Since that trip, Cody has been on a mission to help children try out new foods. Chef Cody also made an appearance on the Food Network.

The recipe Cody demonstrated Thursday was Chipotle Mac and Cheese. You can find that recipe here.

The brand's Día Del Niño other special edition recipes include Chipotle Mac and Cheese, Loaded Nachos, Fiesta S'mores, and Cucumber Popsicles with Tajin. These recipes and more can be found on

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