When you don’t have time to run to the supermarket and you need to get food on the table fast, there’s no better place to look for ingredients and inspiration than your own pantry. From canned tuna and beans to corn and the iconic Spam, there are so many useful things that come in easy-to-open cans.
Now, a meal made entirely out of cans might sound a bit like something from an apocalypse survival guide, which is not necessarily a menu that one would voluntarily serve under normal circumstances. But that is not to say that can-heavy dishes don’t have their place on the dinner table. Canned goods, along with food in jars, spices, and boxed pantry staples (like pasta and quinoa), can all come together easily and deliciously with minimal planning and effort involved.
For this roundup, we selected recipes that use a high ratio of canned goods to other ingredients but don’t necessarily exclude all other non-can ingredients; after all, it is safe to assume that most home kitchens have certain all-purpose ingredients like garlic and onions, perhaps a bag of frozen vegetables or some frozen ground beef that right? Staple pantry and freezer ingredients that have a very long shelf life and inject tons of flavor (with minimal effort on the cook’s part) that are just waiting to be transformed into something delicious! We also reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers and asked them if they had any delicious recipe made with cans — a pretty tall order that a few brave bloggers were happy to help with! So if you are in a rush and don’t have time to shop, turn to these 20 quick dinner dishes you can make out of cans.
This tasty recipe from Mary Makes Good uses delicious canned goods like black beans, chipotle peppers, and diced tomato for a soup that is hearty and full of flavor. Adding a few fresh ingredients like lime juice and avocado elevates this soup to another level!
Hummus is a fantastic way to transform a humble can of chickpeas into a delicious plate of food. This recipe combines the standard chickpeas with white beans for a fun take on a classic.
This recipe uses canned chiles, frozen corn (which you can easily replace with canned), canned beans, and a few staple pantry ingredients that all come together perfectly in this hearty chowder. You could even use canned chicken if you really want to up the canned goods!
Canned corn and canned black beans, paired with a few basic, fresh ingredients and some simple spices, make for a healthy and nutritious lunch that won’t leave you feeling weighted down.
Use canned corn, poblano peppers, cheese, and canned crescent rolls to whip up this satisfyingly buttery and cheesy dish in no time!
These healthy falafel burgers are easy to make and utterly delicious. Use canned chickpeas instead of dried ones that need soaking and cooking and get this on the table in record time. This recipe is healthy, and even fussy eaters will dig in with gusto.
A simple can of refrigerated pizza dough, along with some jarred marinara, cheese, and your favorite toppings is all you need for this fun and easy pizza recipe!
Turn to common pantry ingredients for this delicious soup. Armed with the right cans and spices (which you can tailor to you own tastes), you can whip this up in no time at all.
Who doesn’t love a good chicken pot pie? This recipe is particularly effortless to make thanks to biscuit mix (you can use canned biscuits if you’d prefer) along with frozen (or canned!) vegetables and some chicken soup.
No tahini? No problem! This hummus is quick and simple, the addition of olive oil and some Meyer lemons (if you have them; if not, normal lemons are fine) add great body and flavor to the chickpea puree.
This dish is full of flavor, and the little spice from the kielbasa makes a nice hearty combo for a flavorful meal. Canned cannellini and tomatoes make this dish come together much more quickly than a traditional French cassoulet.
You'll need less than 45 minutes, some chicken broth, rice, and your family’s favorite canned or frozen vegetable combination, to make a delectable one-skillet meal.
For a quick and delicious snack-on-a-stick, turn to this recipe — Spam and pineapple skewers are doused in a sweet and spicy pineapple glaze which makes for a seriously good bite.
Grab a can of crescent rolls and a can of Spam and bam! — dinner’s on the table! OK, so you might want to include a side salad, perhaps a vegetable or two (or three), but if you are short on time and need a recipe that basically makes something out of nothing, look no further than this Spam in a blanket recipe!
For a delicious appetizer that will turn your dinner from drab to fab, look no further than this recipe from Feed Your Soul Too, which takes canned artichoke hearts and transforms them into a classy appetizer.
A can of tomatoes, one cucumber, and one onion are all you need to make this summery and delicious soup recipe from Mango & Tomato.
This recipe from Catz in the Kitchen uses two cans of soup, one can of evaporated milk, a bag of Tater Tots, and one pound of ground turkey or beef to create a wonderful, nostalgic, comfort food for those days when you simple don’t feel like cooking. If the thought of even just turning on the oven makes you turn pale and feel faint, try some of these 20 no-cook dishes that will make weeknights way easier to handle!
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