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MREs That Taste Better (Or Worse) Than You Might Think  

Jonathan H. Kantor
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If you ask any service member to describe their favorite MRE (meal, ready-to-eat), odds are you'll hear about one that's discontinued or a rare one they never get to eat. When it comes to MREs, most troops gather around and receive them randomly during training or deployments, but every once in a while there's a certain packet that stands out among the rest. Sure, there's trading, and the meals have gotten better over the years, but not every MRE is as palatable as the rest.

MREs come with a few extras that are standard in each bag, including a heater, side dish, dessert or snack, crackers or bread, a spread (cheese, peanut butter, or jelly), powdered beverage mix (cocoa, coffee, tea, sports drink, or dairy), a bag to mix your beverage, plastic spoon, and an accessory pack filled with Xylitol chewing gum, a water-resistant matchbook, napkin/toilet paper, moist towelette, seasonings (salt, pepper, sugar, creamer, and/or Tabasco sauce), and freeze-dried coffee powder. But even with all that packed into a single pouch, the entree is the real prize (or digestive regret) troops are looking to receive.

While this is highly subjective, this list aims to point out the best-tasting Meals Ready-to-Eat that are currently "served" to our military fighting men and women all over the world. All 24 meals served as of 2019 are listed, so if you've served or purchased a crate of MREs on the open market, find your favorite below and vote it up to see which MRE is the best-tasting of them all!

Chili & Macaroni (ChiliMac) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list MREs That Taste Better (Or Worse) Than You Might Think
Photo:  MRE

Contents: Chili and Macaroni, Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake, Trans Fat Free, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread, Vegetable Crackers, Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Cherry Twizzlers, Bite Size, Orange Beverage Powder, Carbo-Electrolyte, Crushed Red Pepper

Accessories: Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Matches, Chewing Gum, Towelette, Salt, Toilet Tissue

Surprisingly tasty?
Meatballs With Marinara Sauce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list MREs That Taste Better (Or Worse) Than You Might Think
Photo:  MRE

Contents: Meatballs in Marinara Sauce, Cherry Blueberry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip Cookie, jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread, Italian Bread Sticks, Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Orange Beverage Powder, Carbo-Electrolyte

Accessories: Coffee, Creamer, Sugar Substitute, Chewing Gum, Towelette, Salt, Toilet Tissue

Surprisingly tasty?
Shredded BBQ Beef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list MREs That Taste Better (Or Worse) Than You Might Think
Photo:  MRE

Contents: Shredded Beef in Barbecue Sauce, Black Beans in Seasoned Sauce, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread, Tortillas, Oatmeal Cookie, Orange Beverage Powder, Carb-Fortified, Barbecue Sauce

Accessories: Coffee, Creamer, Sugar Substitute, Chewing Gum, Towelette, Salt, Toilet Tissue

Surprisingly tasty?
Beef Brisket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list MREs That Taste Better (Or Worse) Than You Might Think
Photo:  Ammo Can Man

Contents: Beef Strips in a Savory Tomato Based Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Dried Cranberries, Peanut Butter, White Wheat Snack Bread, Blackberry Jam, Peppermint Rings Candy, Irish Cream Cappuccino Drink Mix

Accessories: Beverage Base (Sugar Free), Chewing Gum, Towelette, Salt, Toilet Tissue

Surprisingly tasty?