The 9 Tastiest Canned Food Recipes

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!

  • Best Corn Chowder 1 of 9
    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.

    Photo Source: Jane Maynard

  • Zombie Chili 2 of 9
    zombie chili

    This Zombie Chili is as delicious as it is cleverly named!

    Make Zombie Chili

    Photo Source: Brooke McLay

  • Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce 3 of 9
    homemade tomato sauce

    One of my favorite things to do with canned tomatoes is make homemade tomato sauce. It's quick and easy and tastes beyond fresh.

    Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce

    Heat a few swirls of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 of a chopped onion and sauté until soft. Add 3-5 cloves of minced garlic and sauté quickly for about 1 minute. Add two 14.5-ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons canned tomato paste, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Let sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes. Voila!

    Photo Source: Jane Maynard

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake 4 of 9
    pumpkin cheesecake

    There is little I love more than pumpkin cheesecake, and this light and creamy cheesecake is perfection with a drizzle of caramel sauce!

    Make Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Photo Source: Angie McGowan

  • Easy Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry) 5 of 9
    easy chana masala chickpea curry

    Between the natural deliciousness of chickpeas and the Indian spices in this dish, you'll be overwhelmed with tastiness!

    Make Easy Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

    Photo Source: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Best Baked Beans 6 of 9
    best baked beans

    My aunt makes the best baked beans. By taking a can of already delicious baked beans and adding a little magic, you won't be able to stop eating!

    Best Baked Beans

    This recipe is from my Aunt Linda and she brings it to all the family summer parties!

    • 2 large cans baked beans (~3 lb 5 oz total)
    • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
    • 3/4 C brown sugar
    • 1 C ketchup
    • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
    • one small can pineapple chunks, broken apart with your fingers

    Sauté the onion and green peppers over medium heat until they start to get soft. Add the bacon and sauté until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease.

    While the onion and pepper are cooking, mix together the beans, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and pineapple. When the sautéed stuff is done, add it to the bean mixture. Bake in a 300-degree oven or in a crockpot on high for 2-3 hours. 

    Photo Source: Jane Maynard

  • Mini Milk Muffins 7 of 9
    mini milk muffins

    These simple, sweet muffins are wonderful comfort food and a great treat, for parents and kids alike!

    Make Mini Milk Muffins

    Photo Source: Babble

  • Apricot Peach Galette 8 of 9
    apricot peach galette

    I love that I can throw together a delicious, fresh-tasting galette any time of year if I have some canned peaches and apricots in the cupboard.

    Make Apricot Peach Galette

    Photo Source: Jane Maynard

  • Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes 9 of 9
    pineapple upside down mini cakes

    Pineapple upside down cake is another comforting dessert, abounding in sweet buttery goodness!

    Make Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

    Photo Source: Macki West


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