USMC SOS Recipe -
  • READY IN 30 mins


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"My dad was in the Marine Corps and remembers eating this dish often. It's a simple recipe consisting of ground beef mixed with milk, margarine and beef broth. It's also good using ground sausage. Serve this dish over toast."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter or margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add the flour, stirring constantly, to form a brown roux.
  3. Pour in beef broth and milk, mixing well. Add ground beef, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 29, 2007

I ate a small mountain of SOS in various mess halls. This recipe isn't bad but its not authentic USMC SOS. I added diced onion, garlic powder, worchester sauce and a dash of hot sauce. That is the taste I remember! SOS is normally served over toast but is best served over biscuits. Try it the authentic way, thousands of US service men have eaten it that way.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 10, 2006

This recipie although somewhat tasty is not the USMC SOS recipie. Wherw is the onions, garlic Worcesttershire Sauce, Soy Sauce? The "REAL USMC SOS" contains these ingredients.

Oct 18, 2008

Make this way for great results: 1. In a Large Skillet brown 1 pound of VERY LEAN ground beef. 2. Turn OFF heat. 3. Add to the cooked beef: 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tsp. instant beef bouillon granules, salt to (to your taste), ground pepper (to your taste). REMEMBER: at this point to stir all above until flour is completely absorbed, only then can you turn on the heat at medium high. 4. Then immediately add the milk and Worcestershire sauce in these amounts: 4 cups milk 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire (optional) 5. Cook and stir until thickened. Serve on biscuits or toast and sprinkle real bacon bits on top if desired

Mar 11, 2008

My husband grew up eating this dish so I decided to try it out. This recipe was DELICIOUS!!! The evaporated milk and beef broth is the key to this recipe. The only addition I made was to add freshly ground mild country sausage. I did double the white sauce to have more "gravy" than meat. My husband stated the addition of fresh sausage really added MORE savory flavor than what his mom used to make it. The family even had 2nd helpings! I may try using texas toast or english muffins next time.

Sep 15, 2008

I've been looking for a way to stretch the dinner dollars when I found this recipe. My family of three loved it, and would have eaten more, so next time I won't cut the recipe back. I did add a small amount of sausage to the ground beef, and I happened to have some bacon grease left over(I always save it, refrigerate it, and use it often, instead of other forms of fat). I used it instead of the butter. Small changes, and the whole dish can be made for UNDER A DOLLAR A SERVING.

Nov 17, 2009

Really good! I made a few alterations. first, I used onion and garlic in browning the meat. worchesteshire sauce as others added too. the ratio of fat to flour in the roux didnt' work for me. I had globs of flour, not a smooth paste. tossed that and made it one to one ratio. that worked great. I used about 3/4 of the can of evap milk to the 1 cup beef broth, added some dill to the whole thing, and served over pasta. the kiddos gobbled it up! the hub raved.

Oct 12, 2007

This recipe was soooo very bland. It's good to get you started but it definitely needed work. I added diced onion while browning the meat then seasoned it with garlic powder and a little seasoning salt. I also added in worcestershire & soy sauce to the roux mixture and then it was very good.

Dec 04, 2002

This was the best S.O.S. I've ever had. I had it in the joint for the 3 years I was in, but it never tasted so good.


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  • Calories
  • 458 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 37 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 22.3 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 339 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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