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Entry from December 09, 2010
Prison Spread

"Prison spread” is an inexpensive meal that developed in California prisons. Ramen noodles, Cheetos, hot sauce, and other ingredients are put into a garbage bag and mixed together.

The term “prison spread” has been cited in print since at least 2002 and a recipe was included in a 2010 cookbook.

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce
Rick’s Prison “Spread”
This is from when I was in prison.
What you’ll need:
Top Ramen (1 package per person)
Crunchy Cheetos
Gringo Bandito hot sauce
Other crap

TribalWar Forums
12-10-2002, 07:59 PM
“Prison Spread”
A favorite in Cali’s prison system. It’s suprisingly good, and makes me want to throw bags of urine at security guards.

First, cook up a package of Top Ramen, and strain the noodles.
Add the TR seasoning packet
Throw in a good amount of Mayo
Add the following items depending on availability:
shredded cheese
smoked oysters (very, very optional)
canned roast beef
crushed up chips/crackers (fritos are the best)
diced jalapenos
tabasco (or chalula)sauce

Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl, then spread on to flour or corn tortillas and eat.

GU Forums
I work in a prison and this is how I know this recipe in case anyone is wondering. Anyway, this is something that is commonly made from items found in the commissary (prsion store).

Prison Spread

Ingrediants (amount according to serving size and taste)
- canned (packaged) roast beef
- canned (packaged) tamale
- Ramen Noodles
- Corn Chips
- Squeeze Cheese
- Jalapenos
- Tortillas

Mix in the roast beef and tamales in a big bowl. Crush up the noodles and chips and pour in. These are mainly filler. Add in the squeeze cheese and cut up jalapenos. This would normally be heated in a hot pot but a microwave on high for about 1.5-2 minutes works good. Stir occasionaly. Spread on tortillas, roll up, and eat.
It sounds nasty as hell, but it is actually pretty good and filling.

The Official Ramen Homepage
The Spread—Ramen
This entry was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2007 at 8:09 pm
I know some people in Concord, I hope this isn’t theirs!
Submitted By: Adam
Submitted From: Concord, CA

All this ingredients can ordered by inmates in the jails in Contra Costa County. When finished inmates call the stuff \”SPREAD\”

. Packs Ramen Noodles (spicy chicken is the best)
. 1 package of cheetos or generic equivalent
. 1 package of spicy cheetos or generic equivalent
. 1 Meat Log or 4 of the smaller meat sticks
. Mayonnaise and tortillas

In jail there are no pots and pans, just a hot water machine, a microwave, small bowls, and garbage bags!

How to Cook Prison Spread
cheflemundotv | April 20, 2010
Chef Lemundo teaches you how to pimp your palate!

Ballers State Prison Spread: Cali Style (by OG Lepke)
Posted on June 3, 2010, by Staff
Here’s the rundown, according to Frank151.com:

. Put the 15 Top Ramen soups in the trash bag (hold off on adding the seasoning packets).
. Add hot water and let sit. The longer the better as the soup will expand.
. When you open the trash bag all the water should be absorbed by the noodles.
. For best results add two cans of tuna, two cans of smoked oysters, and two cans of smoked clams.
. Add in all 15 Top Ramen seasoning packets at this time.
. Add 6 ounces of mayonnaise.
. Add any type of chips the homies saved from their lunches. (Hot Cheetos are preferred).
. You can get wild and throw in anything else you can steal from the kitchen, for example olives or left over chicken patties.
. Tie the trash bag up containing all the ingredients. Mix it up real good.
. Let stand for ten minutes.
. Bust it open.
. Add to flour tortillas or bread to make good tacos.

Google Books
Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal
By Steve Seabury
New York, NY: Atria Paperback
Pg. 53:
Dexter Holland, The Offspring
Top Ramen (1 package per person)
1 trash bag
Other crap
Gringo bandito Hot Sauce (or whatever hot sauce floats your boat, but Gringo Bandito really is the best!)
Crunchy Cheetos

Posted by Barry Popik
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