Oct 072015

Spam & Beans

How do you turn a 12-ounce can of SPAM into enough good food to serve 6-hungry hikers? You use it to make beanie-weenies, that’s what you do. SPAM and beans is a classic dish that scouts and campers have been eating for many decades. They’re easy, filling and good for you too. I use a high ratio of beans to ham because this is how my family likes them. If you prefer to use more SPAM, this recipe can be prepared with 2-cans instead of 1.

SPAM & Beans


  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of baked beans, or one 50 ounce can
  • 1 (12-ounce) can of SPAM
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dry onion
  • Pinch red pepper flakes or ground red peppers


This is a pretty easy recipe. Open up the beans and pour them into a pot. Pour a little water into the can(s) (about 1/4 cup) and swirl it around to get anything stuck to the bottom. Dump this into the pot too. Cut the SPAM into cubes and add to the beans. Measure in the ketchup, mustard, dry onion and red pepper. Mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the flame and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Serve right away over bowls of rice. Butter bread is another good accompaniment. If you need veggies then add turnip greens on the side. They heat up quickly, and taste good with the smoky-sweetness of the beans. Makes 6 servings.


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