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In My Cantry: 10 Staple Canned Foods We Keep In Stock

I have partnered up with Cans Get You Cooking to share canned food recipes and ideas with you all for the past few months. There are so many reasons I cook with canned foods, simplicity and taste are at the top of the list! Cooking with canned foods saves time and money, and provides some of the essential nutrients your family needs.


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My pantry is stocked with many things, but I have a special section I like to call my “cantry”. In addition to staples such as rice, bread, flour, olive oil, and pasta, this area holds many of the canned

foods I keep on hand. Check out the top canned foods I keep in my pantry at all times…


10 Must-Have Canned Foods Staples List


Chicken Broth – When you think of chicken broth, you might tend to think of soups, but there are plenty other uses for it! I use it to baste my turkey/chicken roasts, in place of water when making rice, sauces, steamed veggies and stuffing. It really adds so much flavor!

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Black Beans – I use black beans in a lot of dishes I make for my family. Breakfast burritos,  taco salads, and chili are some favorites, I would love to try to make Black Bean Burgers one day! Goya’s black beans are usually the ones I choose.

Fruits – I especially love mandarin oranges, so do my kids. I can snack on them all day! We also keep Del Monte’s fruit cup varieties on hand as they pack well in school lunches and on the go.

Canned Tomatoes – Keeping a variety of diced, whole and stewed canned tomatoes make sure you are prepared. You can make homemade marinara sauce, chili, tomato soup, meat loaf and other stews and soups.

Corn – I use corn in plenty of dishes. My kids love the sweet taste, so it’s great as a side dish, too.

Kidney Beans – Chili. Enough said.

Evaporated Milk – This is a great staple for baking needs. I use it in homemade cakes and pies. I tend to gravitate to use evaporated milk to thicken sauces and in my mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese as well.

Green Beans – Another great side dish to hot meals. I like them with meat loaf, sometimes I saute them with onions and bacon. Yum!

Enchilada Sauce – Because I make enchiladas and casseroles quite often. My family loves them! We like the Old El Paso brand of medium red enchilada sauce.

Soups – Sometimes you just need some chicken noodle soup! It’s great to have Progresso’s varieties on a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather. Next time you’re at the grocery store, try the chicken gumbo!


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What do you stock in your “cantry”?


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Disclosure: I am participating in the Canbassador Program with Cans Get You Cooking. I am being compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own. I have cooked with canned food for years!


1 Comment

  • Do the black beans in a can actually taste good? We were going to buy some on Sunday and we weren’t sure how canned black beans would taste.

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