Big thanks to Nick Bizarro – I found Maruchan Texas Beef Ramen Noodle Soup on eBay a little while back and asked if anyone wanted to buy them (it was a 24 pack and I only wanted two) and he did!
So, what’s the big deal?
THE ALL TIME BEST PRISON RAMEN BURRITO IN THE WORLD! TEXAS BEEF!
The pack is clear to discourage smuggling contraband into prison – or, I suppose out of prison. You can only (usually) but these as a prison inmate. I contacted the distributor of these and they were incredibly uninterested and standoffish about getting samples to me.
“You can only purchase them from correctional facilities.”
“I have to be in a jail or prison to get them?”
“But say I don’t want to go to prison?”
“Then you’re not going to get these varieties, sir.”
It was sheer luck that I got these when I did. It’s been a search going on for over 5 years. I’ve heard mention of Texas Beef many times and though ‘what are these people talking about?!’ Not only that, the distributor as well as the manufacturer are incredibly tight lipped and not forthcoming with info on these. But they exist and many people in prisons have them every day.
Here’s my attempt at making a prison burrito. It should be noted that the noodles would most likely be cooked in a bag rather than on the stove, but This is how I did it. Also, you can substitute Maruchan Picante Beef Ramen for these – Maruchan said in an answer to a consumer question I saw that they’re the same thing. Curious if anyone will try their hand at this and send some pictures! I think I foresee people with their prison ramen burritos posing with them proudly flashing the peace sign. Enjoy!
Oh wow – okay so I’ve been trying to get instant noodles that inmates at jails and prisons were able to buy. You’d think they’d be the same old regular instant varieties everyone can get?
Nope. These are special – specifically packaged for corrections facilities with clear packaging to discourage hiding things in them. I contacted the manufacturer; they weren’t interested in talking about these specific products. I contacted the distributor who said I’d have to be in prison to get any. I told both parties that I really wasn’t looking to be incarcerated in order to get samples of these products.
Wikipedia had this to say – “In September 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Corrections (which includes prisons, jails, probation, and parole) cost around $74 billion in 2007 according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
At the end of 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States, about 2,298,300 people were incarcerated out of a population of 324.2 million. This means that 0.7% of the population was behind bars.”
That’s a whole lot of people – I wanna try their ramen! It shouldn’t be that hard, right?
A huge thank you to reader Nick Bizarro. I saw these on eBay and asked folks on The Ramen Rater facebook page if they might buy them (a case of 24 packs of Maruchan Texas Beef) and send a couple. Well, Nick was kind enough to do so. I’ll be doing a couple special reviews of this one soon – involving recipes used by inmates doing time. Let’s have a look.