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San Diegan wins Spam competition

January 28, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Photo by Matthew W. Jackson


San Diegan Stacy Slagor beat out 800 cooks to win the “Great American SPAM® Championship” with her recipe for Spam fajitas. Yeah, that’s kinda gross, but also kinda cool too. San Diego has a substantial Pacific Islander population for whom Spam is, if not a staple, then a comfort food.

And Slagor’s recipe definitely has Hawaiian elements, including a pineapple-teriyaki “salsa.”

Spam Fusion Fajitas

1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapenos, drained
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin wedges
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 (12-ounce) can SPAM Classic, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
8 fajita-size flour tortillas, warmed

Cooking Directions: In medium bowl, combine all salsa ingredients; set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers. Saute for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned and softened; remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, add SPAM Classic and fry until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Return onions and peppers to skillet and stir to combine with the SPAM Classic. Spoon SPAM mixture onto flour tortillas. Top with salsa! Serves 4-6.

Slagor declined the $3,000 cash prize and is instead attending the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival, with all expenses paid by Hormel Foods, the owners of the Spam Brand.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. PistolPete permalink
    January 28, 2010 - 10:00 pm 10:00 pm

    MMMMMMMM Mystery meat in a can just like we had at school! I still to this day can’t get over how many people actually eat this crap. This is the reason Ramen noodles, lima beans and Hungarian goulash are still in existence….

  2. Sir Sir permalink
    January 29, 2010 - 2:53 am 2:53 am

    Ramen noodles…
    I understand.

    Lima beans and Hungarian goulash…

    I fear what I have yet to know.

    • PistolPete permalink
      January 29, 2010 - 2:00 pm 2:00 pm

      I used to LOVE me some Ramen noodles. Then I spent 4 years in some of Wisconsin’s finest charm schools and can’t stand the sight of a package.

  3. J Lamb permalink
    January 29, 2010 - 9:31 am 9:31 am

    Great, now I’ve got that “Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!” song ringing through my head. Thanks, Dave. ;^]

  4. jason permalink
    January 29, 2010 - 3:49 pm 3:49 pm

    I love food and I’m a big eater. Spam I can tolerate, but Lima Beans are one of the few foods I will not touch, not with a 10 foot fork!

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