The benefits of having canned foods around are plentiful! Canned foods are convenient, easy to store, have a long shelf life, and, probably most important to me, are typically priced very, very well. I love that canned foods help make life a little bit easier while also helping us save money!
Keeping canned foods on hand is vital when you want to make quick, inexpensive meals. Store-brand canned foods are a great way to cut costs even more at meal-time, and the savings quickly add-up!
On the hunt for some ways to use up those extra canned foods in the pantry? Here are my all-time favorite meals to whip up!
I’d love to add some recipes to my arsenal! What are your favorite recipes and meals that use canned foods?
12 Fresh Recipes to Whip up With Your Favorite Canned Foods 1 of 13
Click through for 12 of my all-time favorite canned food recipes...
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Enchiladas 2 of 13
My ex-boyfriend's mom used to make the most amazing chicken enchiladas. They were cheesy, creamy, warm, gooey, and, well, kind of perfect. Turns out the secret ingredient was, of all things, a couple of cans of cream of chicken soup! Here is a recipe for chicken enchiladas that is very close to her version.
Approximate cost: $9.67 or .97¢ per serving
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Beet Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Goat Cheese 3 of 13
This fiber rich salad is made up of: a head of washed spinach, 1 can of beets, 1 can of rinsed garbanzo beans, a handful of walnuts, and 2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese. Feeling extra healthy? Throw in some broccoli, sliced tomatoes, and shredded carrots.
Approximate cost: $8.10 or $1.35 per serving
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Black Bean Tacos 4 of 13
The ingredients for this easy meal are: corn tortillas, avocado, canned black beans and salsa. If you like, you can also add sour cream, cheese, and canned corn.
Approximate cost: $7.71 or .96¢ per serving
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Chili 5 of 13
Nothing is better than chili on a rainy or cold day. While making chili from scratch is admirable, it can also be quite time-consuming. There are a ton of great canned chilis that I love to heat up and serve with warm bread (or crackers) and shredded cheese on top.
Approximate cost: .97¢ per serving
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Spaghetti 6 of 13
You just can't go wrong with spaghetti. Get some whole wheat pasta, a jar of sauce, canned tomato chunks (for some Italian authenticity, of course), ground beef (if that's your thing), and you've got an easy meal everyone in the family will enjoy.
Approximate cost: $8.12 or $1.16 per serving
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Tuna Fish Salad Pita Sandwiches 7 of 13
Get yourself some canned chunk-light tuna in water, a dollop or two or mayonnaise, some diced celery, a few pieces of lettuce, and fill some pita bread pockets for an amazingly healthy meal option.
Approximate cost: $4.12 or $1.03 per serving
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Soup 8 of 13
Soups are a solid go-to meal option. My favorite canned soup is split pea and ham with, of all things, a piece of buttered toast on the side.
Approximate cost: .97¢ per serving
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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese 9 of 13
I know I just mentioned soup, but this combo deserves its own mention. I mean, who doesn't love a crispy grilled cheese on sourdough bread with a bowl of tomato soup on the side? It's one of my all-time favorite combos! Throw in a cinnamon roll, and you've got me as a friend for life.
Approximate cost: $1.52 per serving
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Holiday Meals 10 of 13
The holidays are all about indulgence and food. Another thing I can't help but think about when it comes to the holidays is all the prep time in the kitchen. To help ease the time spent by the stove, my family uses canned cranberries, gravy, and veggies in recipes so we can spend more time together and less time cooking!
Approximate cost varies: .97¢ - $1.50 per serving
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Pumpkin Goodies 11 of 13
You can make so many awesome things with canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites, but you can also make pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream frosting.
Approximate cost varies bases on the goodie you make: $4.00 - $6.00
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake 12 of 13
I love the slightly sweet, light taste of pineapple upside down cake. Canned pineapple is an absolute must for this cake because the pineapple rings have to be perfect. Here is an easy pineapple upside down cake recipe if you'd like to make your own.
Approximate cost: $3.53 or .39¢ per serving
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Fruit Salad 13 of 13
Fruit salad is great any time of the year, but it can get expensive with all the fresh fruit that's needed to make it. One trick my mom has is using 1/2 fresh fruit along with 1/2 canned fruit. If you want to get fancy, you can also add in some yogurt or whipped cream.
Approximate cost varies based on the season and which fruits you choose: $5.00 - $7.00 or $1.00 per serving
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