Many of us have pantries full of shelf stable food products.  No prepared pantry would be complete without a healthy supply of SPAM, but “What do you do with it?”

For sure, fried SPAM Sandwiches are a treat ANY TIME, but even an afficionado of canned cuisine can grow tired of this after a few sittings.  There is no reason what pantry meals need to be boring.  In the South Pacific SPAM holds an almost cultlike following as a legacy of World War II and this devotion last to this day.


“Variety is the spice of life” is never more relevant than during a medium or long-term disaster and survival situations.  Any military member will tell you that after weeks and month of eating the same food ANYTHING that breaks up the monotony of meals is welcome relief.

We found a great book titled “Hawai’I Cooks with SPAM’ by Muriel Mura and we think it should be part of everyone’s pantry preps.  The recipes range from basic (Baked Beans and SPAM) to more elaborate (SPAM and Potato Quiche).  It’s a great cookbook to have around and practice your prep meals from time to time for a little variety in your everyday meals too.


One of our favorites is SPAM Enchiladas.  See the recipe below.


SPAM Enchilada

Makes 6 to 8 servings


¾ pound lean ground beef (in a survival sitution, simply use another can of SPAM.  Easy, right?)

1 can SPAM®, grated or minced

1 can (16 ounces) tomatoes

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

½ cup water

¾ cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 package (8 ounces) tortillas


1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown beef and SPAM in hot skillet; drain liquid. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water, onion, and seasonings; simmer 10 minutes over low heat.

Fry tortillas in hot oil until softened; drain. Place heaping tablespoonful of SPAM sauce and cheese on each tortilla; roll up tightly.

Place seam side down in 11¾ × 7½-inch baking dish; top with remaining sauce and cheese.

Cover tightly with foil; bake at 375°F for 25 to 30 minutes.



Prepare recipe as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 375°F

for 50 minutes. SPAM 'n Cheese Roll-ups are easily made by spreading 7- to 8-inch tortilla with little mustard. Add a thin slice of SPAM, slice of Swiss cheese, and ½ cup finely shredded lettuce. Tightly roll up tortilla; microwave on high until warm, about 1 minute.




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