How to Turn Canned Foods Into Amazing Dishes (Slideshow)

Think outside the box and use foods straight out of a can

Corn Cakes

Who knew one can of creamed corn could do all this? These cakes go great with pulled pork or, dare I suggest, canned beans for a little can on can food action. Don't feeling like topping it with anything heavy? No worries. A pat of butter or a drizzle of honey taste great, too. 

Click here for the Spicy Creamed-Corn Cakes with Scallions Recipe.

The magic doesn't stop at cakes. Creamed corn also enjoys the spotlight in many of our Best Corn Soup Recipes. How corny is that?

Chickpea Curry

Feel like having Indian food? You don't need to visit your local restaurant. Just head over to your bodega and grab a can or two of chickpeas and make the classic Punjabi dish chole (chickpea curry) that graces so many Indian menus. This dish is so quick and easy to make, you'll have time to make dinner and refine your Bollywood dancing skills. Doubt you could do all that at an Indian restaurant. To think, it all started with a can. 

Click here for a recipe for Chickpea Curry. 

Curious to see what else you can make with chickpeas? Click here for our Best Chickpeas Recipes. 

Mixed vegetable casserole

Cans of mixed vegetables can come in handy for a many dishes. You can use it in a Minestrone soup, vegetable pot pie, or, as shown here, in a mixed vegetable casserole


Canned tuna is not a revolutionary idea for tuna salad but that doesn't mean you can't dress it up. Put it in a hallowed out avocado to elevate an old standby. 

Click here for our recipe for Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad.   

Green Beans with Almonds

A versatile and classic dish too delicious (and easy) to enjoy only at holiday meals — serve any day with chicken, fish, pork, or beef!

Click here for the Toasted Almond Green Beans Recipe. 

Pumpkin Pancakes

Canned pumpkin purée seems to be used mostly at Thanksgiving in pumpkin pie. However, its uses can be varied, from being an ingredient in smoothies and milkshakes, along with soups and scones. With a can of puréed pumpkin in hand, you'll have delicious pumpkin pancakes on the table no matter the season!

Click here for a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes.

Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

If you're looking for a salad that looks colorful and is packed with flavor, than this recipe is for you! A benefit to using canned oranges is that you don't have to spend time in neatly segmenting oranges. It's already done for you!

Click here for the Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe.

Bean Burger

Canned beans are typically resigned to bean salads or in soups. However, they are just as delicious as a main dish, too, in the form of a burger. 

Click here for a Black Bean Burger Recipe.