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MRE Recipes

By Survival Warehouse August 18, 2023

MRE Recipes (dishes you can make out of your MRE items)

Find MRES here: Mre Meals

mre recipes

(Note: If recipe calls for mixing in cheese spread it is best to heat the cheese in the packet at the same time you heat the entrée, this helps the cheese spread mix more evenly and thoroughly).

Pot Luck Pie
1 pouch Beef Stew
½ packet Cheese Spread
4 dashes Hot Sauce (optional)
½ pack Crackers (crumbled)

Heat Beef Stew and Cheese Spread in heater
Then combine Stew, Cheese, Hot Sauce and top with Cracker crumbles

Cheese Burger
1 pack Cheese Spread (does not need heating)
1 pack Snack Wheat Bread
1 pouch Beef Patty (Heated)
Hot Sauce (optional)

Spread Cheese on Snack Wheat Bread
Top with heated Beef Patty
Add Hot Sauce to taste
Serve open-faced

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Enchilada Soup
1 pouch heated Beef Enchiladas
1 packet Cheese Spread (heated)
4 ounces heated water (1/6 canteen cup)
Hot Sauce to taste

Cut Beef Enchiladas into small pieces
Add cheese spread, water and hot sauce mix well

Loaded Baked Potato
1 package of Mashed Potatoes
1 package of Cheese & Bacon Spread
1 bottle of Hot Sauce
1 package of salt
1 full cracker, crumbled

Warm the mashed potatoes as you normally would. Include the cheese pack for easy mixing. Once warm, add the cheese and bacon spread, hot sauce, and salt to taste. When everything is mixed, sprinkle crumbs from the cracker to the mixture and enjoy.

MRE Hash
1 pouch Beef Patty (heated)
1 pouch Mashed Potatoes (heated)
Hot Sauce to taste
1 packet Cheese Spread, optional (heated)
Cut Beef Patty into ½ inch pieces, stir in Potatoes, Hot Sauce and Cheese Spread if desired and mix well

Asian Beef Bowl


  • Asian beef strips
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Cheese spread
  • Hot sauce


Mix well. Mixes and tastes best if warmed before mixing.

Field Pizza
1 package of Jalapeno Cheese Spread
1 Wheat Snack Bread
1 package of Beef Snack Strip chopped
Hot Sauce to taste
Spread Cheese on Bread top with the chopped Beef Snack Strip and add Hot Sauce if desired.

Baghdad Chili
1 - Grilled Beef Steak package (heated)
1 - Western Style Beans package (heated)
1 - Package of Crackers
1 - Package of Red Pepper
1. Break Beef Steak into desired chunks then add western style beans.
2. Mix, but do not pour out Beef Steak sauce before mixing.
3. Crush crackers and add them to the dish.
4. And to complete your creation, add red pepper and seasoning from accessory pack to taste. Enjoy.

Mocha Frosting
1 pouch of MRE cocoa
1 packet of instant coffee
Water as needed

Add only enough water to the cocoa mix to resemble frosting. Add coffee granules as you wish to create a mocha flavor. Spread this frosting on such items as MRE pound cake, cookies and crackers.

Ranger Pudding
1 MRE packet of cocoa beverage powder
1 MRE packet of coffee creamer
1 MRE packet of sugar (optional)

Mix together creamer, powder and sugar. Add water and stir.

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Ranger Bread Pudding
1 Batch Ranger Pudding (see recipe above)
1 half MRE pound cake

Crumble pound cake into Ranger Pudding for a thicker, more delicious dessert.

Ranger Cookie
1 coffee creamer packet
1 packet of sugar

Open both sugar and creamer packet. Add the sugar into the creamer packet, shake it thoroughly, and then fold it up together. Heat the packet over the book of matches until the contents have melted. Let it cool. You should have a caramelized cookie.

1- Cocoa Mix
1- Non-Dairy Creamer
1 - Sugar Packet

Stir in small amounts of water until desired consistency is achieved. Spread icing over pound cakes, crackers or nut cakes.

1 Cocoa Mix
1 Creamer

Slowly add water to get desired consistency. Serve.

Coca Mocha
1 packet coca powder base
½ packet instant coffee
8 ounces hot water (1/3 canteen)

Combine everything and mix well

Your choice Peanut Butter Cookie
Any cookie
½ pack peanut butter
Roasted Nuts or M&Ms

Spread cookie with peanut butter than put on any topping you want

Party Mix
1 pouch cheese pretzels and/or plain pretzels
1 pouch Nut Raisin Mix
3 dashes Hot Sauce

Combine dry ingredients, add hot sauce then mix well to coat

Beef and Mushrooms with Crunchy Potatoes
1 pouch Beef Steak with Mushroom gravy (heated)
1 pouch Potato Sticks
Hot Sauce to taste

Combine Beef and Mushrooms with Hot Sauce then top With broken up pieces of potato sticks

Field Cobbler
1 pouch wet fruit (either pineapple, pears, or apples)
1 pouch applesauce
1 pack oatmeal cookie

Combine fruit with applesauce top with crumbled oatmeal cookie

Fruit Tea Beverage
1 packet instant tea
½ packet orange, lemon – lime, or any fruit beverage base
12 ounces cold water (½ canteen cup)

Combine all ingredients and stir well till dissolved

Take a Regular MRE...let's say Beef and Mushrooms

. Heat the main entree (Beef & Mushrooms) for 15-20 minutes. Do this by placing the main entree along with the heater w/appropriate level of water (1/3 cup) and place both entree and heater in card board container the main entree came in., set aside.
. You must heat the package of rice with 2nd heater! Sandwich the rice package with heaters on both sides and place in cardboard container or plastic MRE package and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
.... add hot sauce to main entree
.... add 1/2 packet of salt to main entree
.... mix all in the Main Entree package and remove excess sauce

Place rice on top of paper plate or the exterior of flattened MRE package then cover the rice with main entree.

Take a chicken with salsa MRE...heat up the chicken with salsa, and the rice (cheese too). Crunch up the crackers into little bits, than mix it all up with the chicken with salsa. Also, see if you can snag some Jalapeno cheese to go with it....

Strawberry Milkshake powder
1 Sugar
1 Creamer

Mix: Milkshake powder, sugar, and creamer in canteen cup. Add water little by little until like batter. It's gritty, but very delicious.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
1 MRE Cocoa Powder packet
1 MRE creamer packet
1 MRE sugar packet
1 MRE Peanut Butter packet
1 MRE Pound cake (vanilla flavor is best, avoid pineapple or orange)
MRE coffee packet (optional)

Begin by slicing the pound cake so that you have two flat pieces. Empty the whole packet of peanut butter onto one piece and set it and the other pound cake half aside. Next, mix up the Ranger Pudding (see recipe). If you need the caffeine, then mix in some of the coffee, but not too much. Take this concoction and pour half of it over the piece of pound cake that you've just covered in peanut butter, put the other piece on top, and then pour the other half over it.

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Cheesy Spaghetti
MRE Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Entrée (heated)
MRE cheese spread (heated)
Heat main meal and cheese spread in same stove for at least 10 minutes. Mix together in main meal pouch. Add Tabasco sauce to taste. Garnish with crushed MRE crackers if desired.

Beef and Dumplings aka Ranger Stew
1 Beef Stew main meal
1 pack MRE crackers

Heat main meal for a minimum of 10 minutes. While cooking, crush crackers, while still in package, into a uniform powder. Open package and add a small amount of water to form pasty dough. Form into dumplings. Add dumplings to hot beef stew. Add Tabasco sauce to taste.

Fruit and Cream Cake
This recipe also works with pineapples, but omit the creamer in that variation.
1 Fruit Pouch (wet)
1 Pound Cake
1 Coffee creamer
Heat pound cake and fruit in same stove (this can be done after your main meal has been heated). Add creamer powder to fruit and stir. Pour fruit-creamer mixture into pound-cake package.

Cafe Mocha
1 pkg instant coffee
1 pkg hot chocolate mix
1 pkg sugar
1 pkg non-dairy creamer

Mix and drink.

Peanut Butter Cups
1 pkg peanut butter
1 pkg cocoa mix
1 pkg sugar
1 pkg creamer

Mix all ingredients together in the Cocoa mix package (or other available package) and only using enough water to get mixture completely mixed (doesn't take much at all) form into cups if desired or use a spoon to eat.

Apple Cobbler
Heat one packet spiced apples, add one pack regular crackers (not vegetable), add 2 packets creamer, and 2 packets sugar, stir and add water for desired consistency and to soften crackers, stir vigorously and you will think your back home eating you mother's apple cobbler minus the vanilla ice cream

Field Birthday Cake
MRE Pound Cake, NOT the chocolate one...
1- Package of MRE Crackers
1- Pack of dairy creamer
1- Pack of cocoa mix
1- Pack of MRE Sugar
1- Water and a canteen cup with a spoon to mix
1- Book of matches

In the canteen cup mix the cocoa powder, dairy creamer, pack of sugar with some water in a clean canteen cup. Add the various powders as needed to make the icing as thick or thin, as you want. Mix them all together.

Then take the Pound Cake (I prefer anything but the chocolate, the brownie works in a pinch but that’s WAY too much chocolate for me) and add the icing on top. Serve the cake on a plate of crackers to prevent drippage. Throw some of the matches on top to act as candles and serve to the birthday-boy/girl/whatever.

Peaches (fruit) and Cream Cake
This recipe also works with pineapples, but omit the creamer in that variation.
Peaches (or other wet fruit)
Pound cake
Coffee Creamer

Heat pound cake and peaches in same stove (this can be done after your main meal has been heated). Add creamer powder to peaches and stir. Pour peach-creamer mixture into pound-cake package.

Peanut Butter Crackers with a Twist
1 package regular MRE crackers
1 package Peanut Butter
1 package M&M's
1 package Vanilla Cappuccino

Spread the PB evenly over the cracker, place M&M's all over the top, and lightly dust the top with the cappuccino powder.

Pudding Variations
Mix cocoa powder with sugar and non-dairy creamer to make the ordinary stuff. You can add coffee or cappuccino mix to make it mocha ranger pudding. You can also add Peanut butter and it’s the stuff. If you add to much water you can probably get a milkshake from someone (they're nasty by themselves) and add it until you get a thick pudding. It doesn’t really matter what flavor it is I've mixed strawberry milkshake with it and it tasted good.

1 main course, Beef and mushroom or some variation of it
1 Jalapeno cheese spread*
1 western beans or 1 rice
1 thing of Hot Sauce

Heat everything up except the hot sauce and mix it all together in the MRE bag. It looks a little rough but tastes excellent. *Make sure the cheese is heated well so its easier to mix plus it tastes better. You can mix hot cheese with about any main course and it tastes great

Beef Patty Goulash
1 – Beef Patty (heated)
1 – Cracker package
1 – Cheese package (heated)
1 – Bottle of Tabasco Sauce
1 – Package of salt

1. Crumble Beef Patty
2. Add cheese package and cracker with patty chunks and mix.
3. Add Tabasco sauce, salt to taste and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Cookie Fun
½ packet Peanut Butter
1 Cookie
1 Spoon Roasted, Shelled Peanuts

Spread Peanut Butter on Cookie and top with nuts.

Peanut Butter Brownie
½ packet Peanut Butter
1 Brownie or (cookie)
1 Spoon Roasted, Shelled Peanuts
¼ Packet any Flavor M&M’s

Spread Peanut Butter on Brownie or (Cookie) and decorate with nuts and or M&M’s.

Philly Cheese Steak MRE Style
1 pouch meatloaf w Gravy (Heated)
1 pack Cheese Spread
1 pack Wheat Snack bread
Hot Sauce to taste

Combine Meatloaf and Hot Sauce
Place Meatloaf on Bread, top with gravy
Drizzle Cheese Spread on top

Peanut Butter Balls
1 packet Peanut Butter
3 packs Sugar
¾ pouch Crackers, finely crumbled
½ packet Coca Mix

Combine Peanut Butter and Sugar; stir in cracker crumbles, mix well
Shape mixture into 1-inch balls
If needed add few drops of water to make mixture stick together
Roll Balls in Coca Mix

Minestrone Soup Extra Filling
1 pouch Chicken Breast or Beef Steak or Beef Patty (heated)
1 pouch Minestrone Stew (heated)
6 ounces (1/4 canteen cup) hot water
Hot Sauce to taste

Crumble meat and mix all ingredients well.

Open Face Bean Sandwich
1 pouch Western beans (heated)
1 pouch Wheat Snack bread
1 packet Cheese Spread
Hot Sauce to taste

Combine Beans and Hot Sauce, spread on Bread
Drizzle with Cheese

Fruity Combat Cake
1 pound cake
½ packet Strawberry or Blackberry Jam
1 pouch Mixed Fruit

Cut Cake in half long ways, spread ½ with Jam, top with other ½ cake then spoon fruit on top.

Patriot Pound Cake
1 Pound Cake
½ packet Peanut Butter
¼ pouch Nut-Raisin Mix

Cut Cake in half long ways, spread with Peanut Butter, sprinkle on the Nut-Raisin Mix, and then top with other ½ cake.

Mocha Frappuccino

About 3/4 full canteen
1 Chocolate Shake
2 Coffee packets
2 Sugar packets
4 Non Dairy Cream packets

Add all ingredients inside canteen, shake vigorously for 5-10 mins, add sugar or cream to taste. it takes a few tries to get your desired taste right, this is just how i made it.

Baghdad Chili
1 Grilled Beef Steak package (heated)
1 Western Style Beans package (heated)
1 Package of Crackers
1 Package of Red Pepper
1. Break Beef Steak into desired chunks then add western style beans.
2. Mix, but do not pour out Beef Steak sauce before mixing.
3. Crush crackers and add them to the dish.
4. And to complete your creation, add red pepper and seasoning from accessory pack to taste. Enjoy.


1- 8 oz. Escalloped Potatoes with Ham
1- 5 oz. Potatoes Au Gratin
Tobasco Sauce

Combine Escalloped Potatoes with Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin. Heat in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir and heat 1 1/2 minutes longer. Over open fire, heat in skillet until hot. Serve.


1- 8 oz. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
1- 8 oz. Meatballs, Beef, Rice

Combine Spaghetti with meat Sauce and Meatballs, Beef, Rice. Heat in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes, stir and continue to heat for 1 1/2 minutes; or heat over open fire in a skillet until hot. Serve.


1 - 6 oz. Omelet w/ham 1-1.5 oz. Cheese Spread Heat Omelet with ham in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes; or heat over open fire in skillet until hot. Mix in cheese spread. Add Tobasco, Salt and Pepper for seasoning.


1 - 4.5 oz. Ham Slice
1-1.5 oz. Cheese Spread
1 -1.5 oz. Freeze-Dried Pasta

Reconstitute pasta in water heat until tender. Cut Ham Slice into chunks. Heat in microwave safe bowl until hot; or heat in skillet over open fire until hot. Combine pasta, ham chunks and cheese spread. Add pepper for seasoning.


1-1.5 oz. Cocoa
1- Non-Dairy Creamer
1 - Sugar Mix Cocoa

Stir in small amounts of water until desired consistency is achieved. Spread icing over pound cakes crackers or nut cakes.


1-1.5 oz. Cocoa
1 - Non-Dairy Creamer Mix Cocoa

Slowly add water to get desired consistency. Serve.


Crackers, crumbled as much as you can get them. Creamer Strawberry pack Water Mix to a nice paste, let it sit a few minutes, then eat.

The above recipes by Woody Harper


2 Mre Beefsteak patties, cubed
2 (16 oz.) cans whole tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried basil
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti

Cook onion and garlic in a tablespoon of oil until soft. Stir in tomatoes (with juices) and seasonings. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 40 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. As sauce thickens, break up tomatoes with a fork.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions, and drain. Stir cubed beef into sauce, and simmer another 5 minutes, until beef is heated through. To serve, place spaghetti on serving plate, and pour sauce over. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley if desired.

Serve with garlic bread and salad.

Makes 4 to 6 servings


MRE PB&C brownie


1 Chocolate pudding packet.
1 Cocoa beverage packet.
2 Non-dairy creamer packets.
Water, obviously.
Optional: Peanut Butter

Throw the creamer and cocoa into pudding packet and shake blended. Mix in water bit by bit until you've got a consistency that is still solid then blend/stir in the peanut butter and place in the fold of your camel back after filling with cold water. This will cool and harden the mix a bit so you can peel out the uber-gooey end result.


In the maple sausage MRE you will find the ingredients you need.

  1. Open the muffin top or whatever. Pull out the “do not eat” thingy and discard. Keep the pastry in the foil wrapper and…

  2. Add half the maple syrup.

  3. Add a pinch of salt.

  4. Add the instant coffee and non-dairy creamer.

  5. Add a splash of water.

  6. Mix mix mix



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