Moundsville Prison Break

Kevin sent me this variation on the standard "Break" recipe, taken made by the inmates at the Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville, WV. Moundsville is a dreary town as I remember it and I bet the prison isn't much better. He says, "the prison's inmate store sold all of the ingredients. Sometimes upwards of six or seven inmates would contribute an ingredient so all could enjoy a good, filling meal, with a small investment. Since we weren't allowed knives, we used the pull-top can lids to dice the cheese and pepperoni. It was a hard job and your hand would be cramping toward the end."

This recipe makes two decent sized portions, or one for a big eater. Double recipe for more portions.


  • 1 bag of Ramen noodles, beef flavor preferred, but chicken will do
  • 1 can of chili with beans (we used Castleberry's brand, individual size. You can also substitute a can of beef stew)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 stick of pepperoni, diced (which can be bought already diced on the street)
  • 1/2 cup of diced Longhorn or Cheddar cheese (about 1 cup shredded on the street)
  • 1 deli pickle, diced (optional)
  • 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Follow the microwave instruction on pack using whole flavor pack, but crumble noodles. Drain excess water from noodles when done. In a separate bowl, microwave the diced pepperoni on several layers of paper towels for a minute at a time and stir between heating, to cook off the grease. This makes the pepperoni crunchy, but don't cook it too long or it will burn. Heat chili (or beef stew) for two minutes and stir in diced cheese. Stir in cheese and heat longer to melt cheese if needed. Pour all ingredients into a big bowl (sometimes a trash bag was used if it was a big break) and mix well. Serve with sliced bread or crackers.

Prison Pad Thai Son

I love Frank’s hot sauce and I love recipes from jail, hence, this posting! I'm keeping the spelling of voila as wala, because you don't speak French in prison.

Submitted By: devo

Submitted From: Marion County Prison, Oregon


  • One Chicken Ramen package
  • Tablespoon of Franks red hot sauce
  • Two Tablepoons of Peanut butter(creamy works best)

Cook your ramen, keep about 1/4 cup of water in after you drain it. Next, put the peanut butter in the bottom of your bowl and spread it around. Then put the Franks red hot in add the ramen on top. Mix it all together and wala...bomb ass prison pad thai son.

NorCal County Jail Ramen

I should have called this Hella Cella Ramen since it’s from NorCal. Anyone here tried mackerel in oil? I ate sardines once while camping with the Boy Scouts, turns out it’s better when your’re cold and eating it in the dark.

Submitted By:Kasper
Submitted From: Bay Area California


  • 1 package Ramen noodles and flavor pack
  • 2 packets of mayo
  • 1 packet of mackerel in oil
  • 1-2 hard boiled eggs
  • Optional - 2 slices of bread or a tortilla

Heat up your Ramen noodles and drain liquid. Stir in the mayo and flavor pack to taste. Add in the eggs, and mash with fork spoon till crumbled. Stir in whole mackerel package(including oil). If desired, you can combine the dish with bread or a tort to make a finger food meal. Enjoy. 😀

EDIT: I've been informed, no forks in jail, so I've changed it to spoon!

EDIT AGAIN: Fixed my grammar error. I don't want any inmates to mess up your and you're.

Inmate Mixer

Another prison recipe, this one actually is made in a bowl, so I guess Texas prisoners get bowls. That’s better than some of these that are made inside the bag.

Submitted By:Erin

Submitted From: Amarillo, TX


  • One Ramen package Any flavor
  • Can of Hormel Chili or any kind of chili
  • Small package of Fritos or any corn chip
  • Cheese if desired, grated or chopped

Boil Noodles to desired state. Drain almost all of noodles except about 1/4 of the water. Place the noodles in a bowl and mix in the seasoning packet, a can of chili, fritos or corn chips, and cheese if desired. You've now created the "Inmate Mixer," an inmate shared this with my husband while he was a guard in a prison here in Texas.

Ramen, At Folsom Prison (Chichi)

Chichi is the real title of this fine recipe, but I wonder if Johnny Cash ever got to try this during his visit. I also like the imagery below of kneading the meal in a trashbag before eating it, yum.

Submitted By: Mikey Accident

Submitted From: Folsom


  • 2 packs of ramen noodles hot and spicy or other spicy variety
  • 1/3 bottle of jalapeno squeeze cheese
  • 1 summer sausage
  • 1 Slim Jim (the food product, not the breaking and entering tool)
  • 1 bag of instant chili (canned will work)
  • 1 small garbage bag (if you only have a regular house size one,cut the top half off)

Before you start crush the noodles while they are still in the package. Microwave a bowl of water for 2 minutes, then add both ramen noodle packets and let sit for now. (Put on a lid on the bowl if you have one.) Now, chop or dice the summer sausage and Slim Jim, and then make or heat the chili. The noodles should now be fully expanded (about 10 mins), drain ALL the water from the noodles. Dump the noodles into the garbage bag then add 1 flavor pack and 1/3 bottle of jalapeno cheese and knead the bag. Next add the meat then knead again till meat is evenly distributed. Now add the hot chili (the hotter the better). This would also be the time to add the other flavor pack if you want. I find one and a half packs to be enough but you could add more later if needed. Finally, knead the bag again and you're ready to enjoy fine prison cuisine. I can eat it all myself but it could feed 2 normal people. I recommend eating it with a spork for the authentic prison experience.


More evidence of just how bad the regular food is in jail here…

Submitted By: xBigBx

Submitted From: Youngstown, Ohio


  • 2 packages of ramen, no specific flavor
  • 1 small bag of nacho cheese Doritos
  • 1 small summer sausage

In jail, these are made by microwaving the water and letting the ramens soak in the hot water for a while. However, you can use your stove top if you like. My buddy who was in jail for a few months told me about these and i absolutely love making them...they taste a hell of alot better than they sound.

  1. Completely crush the Doritos and place them into boiling water for 4 minutes, or until soft.
  2. 2. Boil the ramen
  3. Dice the summer sausage
  4. Drain most of the water from the ramen
  5. Mix the ramen, the cheese "sauce" that is now made from the Doritos, the ramen flavor packs, and the summer sausage together in a bowl

Prison Surprise

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means! It's time for a recipe from jail.

Submitted By: Jaysen N
Submitted From: Georgia State U


  • 1 Package Ramen (Any flavor will do)
  • 1 Slice of American cheese
  • 1 Can of tuna (Splurge on the White Albacore)
  • Jalepenos from the jar (to taste)


Break up the noodles in the package and cook per the directions. While the noodles are cooking, drain the tuna and dump it into a bowl. Put in the jalepeno slices and top it all off with the slice of cheese. When the Ramen is ready, mix in the spice packet and pour the noodles into the bowl. Let it all steep for a few minutes to melt the cheese and then mix well. Voila! Prison Surprise.

Note: This recipe actually comes from a friend of my dad's who did a little time in prison. He hated the prison food so much that he came up with this recipe using things he could buy in the prison store.

Sweet and Spicy Coke Ramen

CactusV writes: Here’s a recipe I learned in prison; it’s for a generic asian-style teriyakiesque dish we referred to simply as “Chinese Food”. A more interesting/catchy name is “Sweet & Spicy Coke Ramen”.


  • 1 pack Texas Beef Ramen (or regular beef, or asian – but Texas Beef is best)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 can Coke (not diet)
  • 1 pack salted peanuts
  • 1 Beef stick (aka Slim Jim) –Optional–

Cook noodles. Use one of your work boots and the concrete floor of your cell to crush the peanuts inside the bag. Add about 2/3 of the peanuts and eat the rest while you're "cooking". Drain water from noodles, then add seasoning packet and coke. Add peanuts and optional sliced beef stick or summer sausage. Add more coke to achieve the right amount of sauce and balanced flavor.

Orange Chicken Jailhouse Ramen

Apparently jails in the Pacific Northwest have plenty of fresh oranges.

Submitted By: Gary
Submitted From: Portland, Oregon, USA


  • one pack of ramen (don't use the flavoring packet)
  • 1/2 can white chicken (4 oz. can)
  • cheddar cheese spread
  • chili garlic sauce
  • honey
  • 1 small orange

Microwave ramen for 2 minutes and drain. Stir in cheddar cheese spread. Add small amount of chili garlic sauce. Add honey and chicken and juice from one orange.

Prison Beef and Chili Ramen

Submitted By: Mark
Submitted From: Texas, USA

Apparently sodium and cholesterol are not a concern in prison. Personally, I would not eat this, it just sounds scary.


  • 1 bag of Ramen (chicken or chile)
  • 1 can of chili with beans
  • 1 can of beef pot roast
  • 1 small bag of corn chips
  • 1 small bag of doritos
  • cheddar cheese, either easy cheese or shredded

Crumble corn chips and doritos. Cook noodles the same as always, drain and place pot back on stove mix in chili, pot roast, corn chips, and doritos. Then mix in as much cheese as you like. For extra kick add some hot sauce or jalapenos. The basic recipe would be ramen, corn chips, and cheese if thats all you have. All quite tasty.