Tiki Taco Tuesday

By • May 19, 2011 6 Comments

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Author Notes: SPAM is such an integral part of the Hawaiian diet that I can’t believe the state flag doesn’t include a picture of a can waving in that tropical breeze. This concoction originated as military food and the connection goes back to our naval bases back before Hawaii attained statehood.
Of course the hard thing is to make it taste like food. It’s cheap and nutritious in a way but still…SPAM can be nasty stuff. Nonetheless no bar is too low for Pierino to limbo when it comes to nickel and diming. Still, we do want to deliver something that tastes good and might be edible to the hungry and poor. To even my own surprise this turned out to be a success.

Serves 2

  • 1 7 ounce can SPAM
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • Peanut oil
  • chili oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion such as maui
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • Mexican style crema or sour cream (optional)
  • For table condiments: a vinegar based hot sauce such as Tabasco or piri piri (Portuguese hot sauce)
  1. Chop the onion and cut the SPAM into very small dice
  2. Heat up a skillet and add a very thin film of peanut oil. Add a few drops of chili oil to the pan.
  3. Add the onions and SPAM and stir until the onion is translucent and the SPAM is lightly colored.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce.
  5. In a second dry skillet begin heating the tortillas.
  6. On individual sheets of butcher paper or parchment slightly overlap two tortillas per taco. Add a scoop of SPAM, some pineapple, and a squirt of crema if using.
  7. Season to taste with hot sauce.

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over 4 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

A few years ago I had to go through almost three months of physical therapy for my blown out knees. One day one of therapists who grew up in Hawaii brought in a tray of Spam sushi rolls; spam, sticky rice and a seaweed wrapper. They were actually pretty damn good.


over 4 years ago gingerroot

Lol, so true about Hawaii's love for spam...we even have an annual SPAM Jam - I will admit to enjoying a spam musubi now and again but draw the line at a spam popsicle!


over 4 years ago thirschfeld

spam fan here. Have you ever had the spam made for Southeast Asia it is less salty.


over 4 years ago mtrelaun

I am so excited that you created a SPAM recipe for the Dirt Cheap contest! Musubi is next ;)


over 4 years ago wssmom

My dad served in World War II and banned SPAM from the house ... may have to get some for this!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love it!