Quick Dinner Dishes You Can Make Out Of Cans

Canned food can have a bad reputation, but it really shouldn't. Simple shelf-stable items like beans, canned vegetables, condensed soups, canned fish and canned meat are among the ingredients nobody cooks with anymore — but should. Use those items (and more) as the building blocks for these scrumptious, satisfying dinner dishes.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Using canned tuna and a can of cream of mushroom soup, this classic casserole is one of those retro dishes nobody makes anymore, but it makes for a perfect weeknight dinner.

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Frito Pie

One of those recipes that Texans know and love, Frito pie is a creative way to use up canned chili.

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Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are undeniably one of the best dishes you can bring to a party, period. Using canned crescent dough and packaged hot dogs is an easy shortcut for this favorite.

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Spam in a Blanket

If you don't have hot dogs, use a cult-favorite canned meat in your blankets: Spam. It's salty, satisfying and ranks among the most iconic snack foods from across America.

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Spam and Pineapple Skewers

Canned Spam is a diverse ingredient. Skip standard ham and make summery skewers with this meat and canned pineapple. It's a great dish for grilling outdoors.

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Chickpea and White Bean Hummus

Though hummus is typically served as an appetizer, if you're a major fan, you'll want to eat this protein-packed dish all night long.

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Crab Fondue

Nobody really needs a reason to eat more cheese, but this crab fondue recipe is a good one. Using canned crab meat and packaged cheese, this fridge and pantry meal is easy yet satisfying.

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Creamy Canned Vegetable Soup

This easy vegetable soup takes literally less than five minutes of prep time. It's one of those easy comfort foods you can make ahead and freeze.

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Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati chili is one of those regional dishes you need to try. Luckily, it's easy to make at home. Just make sure you have tons of cheddar cheese on hand to top it off.

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Black Bean Soup

This vegetarian-friendly recipe tastes like something you'd find at a local cafe but is made using canned ingredients and grocery staples.

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Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Perfect for a game day potluck, a chilly evening or any time of year, this three bean vegetarian chili takes just minutes of prep time.

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Chickpea Curry

If you can't make it to a great Indian restaurant, this easy vegetarian curry recipe is a quick and easy substitute.

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Green Bean Casserole

Best known as one of the top Thanksgiving side dishes, this classic canned green bean casserole is so good, you should eat it any time of year. Serve with some roasted chicken for a delicious dinner fit for the whole family.

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Healthy Tuna Salad

For an easy meal prep dish that is as delicious as it is good for you, whip up this quick tuna salad. You can store it for about five days, and it can be eaten as a sandwich (make it gluten free by putting it in a lettuce wrap) or a side to another meal. 

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Taco Roll-Ups

These taco roll-ups make for a great party appetizer or a simple snack for home. This dish is meatless, but you can always have fun with the recipe and cook up some chicken or steak to add in. 

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Quinoa Salad

After months of warm winter dishes, this nutrient-dense quinoa salad is an ideal side dish for the spring and summer months. It is best served chilled, and you can top it off with grilled salmon to make a meal of it. 

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Broccoli Casserole

On a dreary day, comforting classics are the way to go. This broccoli casserole can be stored in the fridge for days of leftovers — if everyone doesn't devour it the minute it comes out of the oven. 

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