Cheesy Tomato SPAM-wiches Recipe

Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog When my brother Shale offered to write a guest blog post for me, I was shocked. Shale is a good writer, so I had no doubt he could write a compelling blog post. But he’s not into cooking – at all. So my first question was “What is your recipe? ” And to that he replied:

“You know – those SPAM sandwiches we always eat when we go visit mom and dad. People would love those!” 

So you are officially invited to learn about a family secret of sorts. A highly processed yet undeniably satisfying sandwich that we’ve been eating for decades.


Guest Post: Cheesy Tomato SPAM-Wiches

Spam, Velveeta and tomato paste: junk food axis of evil or awesome sandwich spread? In my family, this unlikely combination of highly processed foods has served as a tasty, fast and cheap sandwich spread recipe for generations.

Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches, from Cheap Recipe Blog

It couldn’t be easier to make. Just take an 8-ounce box of Velveeta cheese, a small can of SPAM and a six-ounce can of tomato paste and mash it together. When the ingredients are evenly mixed and a mouth-watering shade of pinkish red, it’s ready to spread and bake.

For the fancy version: Place a generous portion of the sandwich spread on halved buns or slices of bread and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

For the quick and dirty version: Microwave one sandwich for 25 to 30 seconds.

Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches are perfect for midnight snacks and quick, impromptu meals. Need a savory nosh in a hurry? These sandwiches cook up fast. Son’s baseball team drop by unexpectedly? This high-protein snack will feed a kitchen full of hungry mouths. The spread will keep in the fridge for days and satisfy cravings for as long as the bread lasts.

If this cheap sandwich recipe doesn’t sound healthy or palatable, you are half right. It’s not healthy at all! But when SPAM, Velveeta and tomato paste join forces, the result is surprisingly delicious.

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Cheesy Tomato SPAM-wiches Recipe

Yield: 18 sandwiches

Prep Time:5 min

Cook Time:10 min

Total Time:15 min


  • 1 8-ounce box Velveeta cheese
  • 1 can SPAM
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste


  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher, mash all ingredients together until it becomes a paste. Alternatively, you could place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. To bake: Place a few tablespoons of sandwich spread on halved buns or slices of bread. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
  3. To microwave: Place a few tablespoons of sandwich spread on halved buns or slices of bread. Microwave for 25 to 30 seconds.

4 Responses to “Cheesy Tomato SPAM-wiches Recipe”

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    violet — December 4, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    Believe you me, these ARE great!! Try them during the holidays–you won’t be disappointed.

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    Karen Harris — December 4, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    If you, Shale and Violet all recommend them, then who am I to doubt their deliciousness? After all, I did grow up in Texas. I’m game! I’ll let you know what I think.

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    Vangie Berry — June 27, 2018 @ 1:17 am

    We make them with catsup We grind spam and Velveeta in a meat grinder and add catchup.We then broil them for 30 sec. They are great and I am making them tomorrow for my craft class.

    • Haley replied: — July 23rd, 2018 @ 2:25 am

      Interesting! I’ve never known anyone else to make these. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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