Quick and Easy Winter Comfort Meals Featuring Canned Beans and Tomatoes

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Given all the snow, ice, and super cold weather we’ve been getting lately, I’m all about comforting recipes like soups, stews, and casseroles. Relying on canned ingredients (tomatoes, beans, vegetables, stock, etc.) makes preparing these warming meals fast and easy. Here are two of my favorite ingredients to buy canned, along with some quick recipes that feature them. Enjoy!

1) Beans

I almost never cook dried beans from scratch – ain’t nobody got time for that! Canned beans make a great cheap and convenient protein addition to recipes. Here are some of my favorite wintery, bean-tastic recipes on the blog. I had 45 recipes on my blog that use canned beans, so this was a tough call. ;)

mexican lasagna (2)

mexican quinoa salad2

chicken chili soup

2) Diced Tomatoes

Cleaned, chopped, and already cooked tomatoes? Awesome. I love throwing diced tomatoes into meals, whether it’s a soup or stew or a stand alone dish. Canned tomato sauce is another favorite addition to recipes, especially soups, like my Veggie-tastic Minestrone Soup!

Here are some fave recipes featuring diced tomatoes:

  • Sweet Potato Lentil Chili. This is one of my most popular recipes on the blog, and an old favorite! Save time by using canned lentils and canned cubed sweet potato, too (not sure why I didn’t think of that originally!) – just remember that canned ingredients have already been cooked, so they won’t need as long to heat up – consider adding them later or cutting down the cooking time significantly!

sweet potato lentil chili (2)


What are your favorite ingredients to buy canned to save time? I also love canned beets – they seriously taste just as good as fresh, and save so much time, trouble, and bright red mess. I always keep some on hand to toss into salads!


  1. 1

    I buy canned Thai curry paste and coconut milk for a super easy, quick one-pot meal

  2. 3

    I always buy canned beets for smoothies. I once tried roasting fresh ones but holy mess Batman! I also always have a few cans of condensed tomato soup on hand. At the moment I have a plethora of canned beans so I just may make that Mexican lasagna for supper this week. :)

  3. 9

    Lots and lots of canned beans!! And we usually have some cans of soup around – love the whole foods chilis.

  4. 10

    I always try to have canned beans on hand because they are so easy to throw into pasta, soups, chilis, etc. I feel like they complete many meals and are a great alternative to meat. Good looking recipes!

  5. 11

    I’m working on 10 minute meals right now with canned beans and frozen veggies! It’s SO nice to have the convenience!
    Those recipes look bomb!

  6. 12

    Canned beans and sauce from a jar. Also pre-chopped garlic is a huge time saver in my opinion. Good to know about the beets – will have to give them a try!

  7. 14

    Even though I cook dried beans (usually), I ALWAYS have many cans in the pantry! Same with tomatoes (fire-roasted!) and tuna, salmon, and sardines!

  8. 15
    Roadrunner says

    Very novel ideas!

  9. 16

    I have to try canned beets! I was never too sure about them.. therefore, I have always bought them pickled instead. Thanks for the suggestion :)

    I always have a variety of beans, diced tomatoes, and sometimes corn. I probably should buy it frozen but I rarely use it!!! The really don’t like lentils in the can though. Maybe I need to try a different brand.

  10. 19

    I think that I most often buy canned beans and tomatoes like you mentioned. For quick meals, a lot of my veggies are in the freezer, but I have been known to use canned versions sometimes. OH! Pumpkin! Can’t forget delicious pumpkin during the fall :)

  11. 21

    These look so amazing! Fave canned item = garbanzo beans. Such a quick and easy punch of protein!

  12. 22

    I too am all about canned beans. They’re just so easy and tasty! I also love canned tomatoes and tuna :)

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