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The 9 Tastiest Canned Food Recipes

By Jane Maynard |

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I have a constantly-rotating supply of canned foods in my pantry. Amongst that supply is a roster of ‘usual suspects’ that always have a home on my shelf. I love these particular canned foods because they are versatile and oh-so-delicious!

Here are a few of my tasty canned food favorites!

  • Canned tomatoes: You will never find me without cans of diced tomatoes at the ready! I also usually have canned tomato sauce, tomato paste and a can or two of whole tomatoes on hand, too. Oh the things you can make with these wonderful, basic ingredients! Also, I am frequently disappointed by the flavor of fresh tomatoes from the produce section and now only buy them when tomatoes are in season in my neck of the woods. For the rest of the year I prefer to use canned tomatoes, which were sealed at the peak of freshness and have better flavor. 
  • Beans: Chickpeas/garbanzo beans, black beans, cannellini beans and refried beans are always in my pantry. I use them in so many recipes I can’t keep track! I think my favorite is canned chickpeas – they always bring so much flavor to whatever food I add them to!
  • Fruits: Peaches, mandarin oranges and pineapple are our family’s favorites. They are great for snacks and for recipes!
  • Corn: I love canned corn for recipes. It has great taste and the texture holds up well when cooking.
  • Chicken broth: Having cans of chicken broth on hand is handy for when I’m cooking all kinds of meals.
  • Milk: Both evaporated and sweetened condensed milk are pantry staples that are perfect for all kinds of baking. And it’s everything I can do to not eat sweetened condensed milk straight from the can!

The following 9 tastiest canned food recipes feature many of my favorite canned foods. These recipes are on my list of go-to recipes for when I need something especially delicious!

The 9 Tastiest Canned Food Recipes

Best Corn Chowder

This is, hands down, the best corn chowder I've ever had!

Corn Chowder
Recipe given to me by my good friend Adrianne Campbell, whose mother would make this

  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 celery stalks,chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped (Jane note: I leave the skins on, but you can peel them if you like)
  • 4 cups canned corn
  • 4 cups canned chicken broth
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cream or half n’ half
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cook onions, bacon & celery until the bacon is crispy and the onions and celery are soft; put in slow cooker. Add potatoes, corn, broth, bay leaf, salt & pepper. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Take bay leaf out and throw away. On the stove top, melt butter, add the flour so it makes a paste. Cook until light brown. Slowly add the cream to the paste, heat until it thickens. DO NOT BOIL! Move it from the heat, add the cheese and mix until melted. Add this mixture to the slow cooker mixture. Stir well and serve.

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Jane Maynard

Jane Maynard is a wife, mom, blogger, and graphic designer living in San Diego. She shares weekly menu planning ideas and delicious inspiration on her food blog, This Week for Dinner™. Jane is also a Huffington Post contributor, a member of Martha's Circle, and a co-founder of SocialLuxe Lounge. Read bio and latest posts → Read Jane's latest posts →

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