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

Updated November 19, 2019 5.8k votes 572 voters 21.5k views24 items

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)
    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

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  • Meatballs With Marinara Sauce
    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

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  • Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
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    Contents: Spaghetti with Beef and Sauce, Chocolate Chip Toaster Pastry, Peanut Butter, Italian Bread Sticks, Dried Raisins, Cocoa Beverage Powder, Milk Chocolate, Grape Jelly

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

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  • Beef Stew
    Photo: MRE

    Contents: Beef Stew, Vanilla Pound Cake, Trans Fat Free, Cheddar Cheese Spread, Multigrain Snack Bread, kittles, Sweet & Sour, Lemon-Lime Beverage Powder, Carbo-Fortified, Hot Sauce, Extra Hot 4x

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

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