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Vegan Canned Food Recipes

Do you have an abundance of canned goods in your pantry collecting dust that need to be used up? Or perhaps there is an emergency and you need to know what on earth you can make with the ingredients you already have on hand.

Often, we take advantage of our access to fresh ingredients. However, when certain circumstances occur – like a hurricane, snowstorm, pandemic, or flooding – we have to rely on what’s in the pantry for meals.

To be prepared, I try to always have some vegan canned food and pantry ingredients stocked up.

This is what I typically have on hand for those just in case moments:

Canned Food Staples

  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Green chiles
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Curry paste

Pantry Staples

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Tortillas
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Split peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Oil
  • Bouillon
  • Seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, etc.)
  • Baking ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, etc.)

Check out my Vegan Emergency Food & Preparedness Guide for a more detailed list.

There are SO MANY tasty vegan recipes you can make with mostly canned food and other pantry staples! Sometimes it is as simple as substituting fresh vegetables or dried beans with their canned counterparts.

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Recipes

Have a lack of fresh ingredients? Not sure what you can cook? These vegan recipes are made with mostly canned food and other common pantry ingredients, like beans, potatoes, rice, and vegetables.

Veggie Pot Pie Soup

5 from 9 votes
This vegan pot pie soup can easily be made with canned veggies in place of fresh. You can also add some white beans or chickpeas for added protein.
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Bowl of pot pie soup with a biscuit

Oil-Free Hummus

4.66 from 20 votes
I always have a can (or 6) of chickpeas in my pantry. Perfect for hummus-making!
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A bowl of hummus with pita bread

Vegan Sheet Pan Nachos

4.91 from 10 votes
Nachos, baby! This recipe uses canned black beans and canned corn. You can also use canned tomatoes and pickled jalapeños as toppings.
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Vegan sheet pan nachos topped with cheese, beans, sour cream, corn, jalapenos, tomatoes and red onions.

Healthy Mac and Cheese

This vegan mac & cheese is made with super simple ingredients! Use canned carrots as a substitute for fresh. (veggielexi.com)
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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

4.85 from 13 votes
If you have a can of hummus & a jar of roasted red peppers, you have the essential ingredients for this recipe!
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Roasted red pepper hummus in a white bowl surrounded by pita chips

Chickpea Noodle Soup

4.67 from 15 votes
Soups are the best for using up pantry ingredients. This soup calls for noodles, chickpeas, and veggies (use canned if needed!)
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Chickpea Teriyaki in Pineapple Bowls

5 from 1 vote
Although this recipe calls for being served in fresh pineapples, you can just serve in a bowl to make it easier. Either way, it's delicious and full of flavor!
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Easy Vegan Chili

5 from 48 votes
3-bean chili using kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans! This recipe also calls for tomato paste, and you can substitute the frozen corn for canned if needed.
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A bowl of chili

Vegan Swedish Meatballs

4.65 from 95 votes
These meatballs are lentil-based, which is one of my essential pantry ingredients! It also calls for mushrooms, so you can used canned mushrooms.
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Swedish meatballs and pasta on a plate

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich

4.48 from 44 votes
This buffalo chickpea salad is satisfying and spicy!
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2 chickpea sandwiches stacked

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Potatoes and chickpeas are truly a match made in heaven. This recipe also calls for canned pumpkin and curry paste for a simple meal. (frieddandelions.com)
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Italian White Bean Soup

Simple but flavorful soup using canned white beans and potatoes. (theclevermeal.com)
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

This vegan soup recipe uses almost exclusively canned foods! You can substitute the fresh onion for onion powder if needed. (veggiefunkitchen.com)
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Chickpea Salad Sandwich

5 from 15 votes
This delicious chickpea salad recipe is full of flavor, vegan, and packed with protein. It makes for a very satisfying and healthy lunch.
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Chickpea sandwiches stacked

One-Pot Vegan Chickpea and Potato Curry

4.39 from 39 votes
I LOVE making curry with rice, chickpeas, potatoes and fresh or canned veggies! I always have a couple of jars of curry paste for when the craving hits.
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A bowl of curry and rice

Vegan Oil-Free Mayo Using White Beans

4.74 from 124 votes
This low-fat vegan mayo made is made with -drumroll please- white beans!
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Easy Chana Masala

Got chickpeas, tomato puree, and classic Indian spices? Then you can make this easy dinner! Serve with rice or naan for a filling meal. (veganhuggs.com)
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Vegan Fried Rice

4.81 from 41 votes
Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes to make if I'm low on fridge ingredients. You can use any canned vegetables!
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Bowls of fried rice

7-Minute Soup

4.96 from 48 votes
If you find yourself needing to make a quick and simple soup, might I suggest my "Sick Day Soup". It calls for pasta and beans, and you can add in any veggies you please.
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A bowl of white bean soup

Vegan Baked Taquitos

Got a can of jackfruit? Try these tasty taquitos! (veganhuggs.com)
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Baked Falafel

Falafel is traditionally made with dried chickpeas that have been soaked, but if all you have on hand is canned chickpeas…never fear! You can still make tasty falafel with this recipe! (nutriplanet.org)
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Turmeric Chickpea Salad

4.84 from 61 votes
Kick up the flavor of classic chickpea salad with turmeric!
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Instant Pot Corn Chowder

4.54 from 26 votes
You can make this IP corn chowder with canned corn instead of frozen.
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Lentil Tacos

4.88 from 8 votes
You can use dried or canned lentils to make these delicious vegan tacos!
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Close up of vegan tacos

Jackfruit Enchilada Bowls

4.67 from 9 votes
Got cans of jackfruit, corn, and black beans? You can make these delicious vegan jackfruit enchilada bowls!
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Slow Cooker Lentil Sweet Potato Chili

This sweet potato chili is made with sweet potatoes and vegan canned foods. You can substitute the onion and garlic for their powdered versions if needed! (delightfuladventures.com)
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Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties

4.26 from 86 votes
Turn pinto beans into tasty breakfast sausage patties!
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Easy Vegan Meatball Recipe with Chickpeas

4.66 from 142 votes
These simple vegan meatballs call for chickpeas, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. Perfect to serve with a box of pasta and a jar of marinara sauce!
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high-protein vegan chickpea meatballs for dinner

Vegan Green Bean Salad

Got a can of green beans? Try this flavorful salad! (veeatcookbake.com)
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5-Minute Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

4.87 from 44 votes
This delicious tomato soup is made easy using tomato paste!
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A bowl of creamy tomato soup with a baguette slice.

Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Burger

These veggie burgers are SO simple to make with minimal ingredients. (shortgirltallorder.com)
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Vegan Bean and Bacon Soup

5 from 12 votes
Smoky vegan bean and bacon soup made easy on the stovetop.
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Black Bean Hummus Dip

Want hummus…but ran out of chickpeas? Try this black bean hummus for a filling snack! (breesveganlife.com)
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Spanish Beans with Tomatoes

Beans get a totally bad rap for being blah, you know? Not with this super flavorful Spanish beans dish! You can substitute the fresh spinach with the canned version if needed. (veggiedesserts.com)
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15 Minute Cowboy Caviar (AKA Texas Caviar)

This salsa/bean-salad fusion is made with mostly canned vegan foods, with some fresh ingredients than can be omitted if needed. (thecheekychickpea.com)
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Riso e Lenticchie (Rice and lentil Soup)

Made with mainly simple pantry ingredients, this soup is super cozy. (sugarlovespices.com)
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Vegan Instant Pot Tex-Mex Rice

This is a wonderful vegan dinner recipe that incorporates many canned ingredients – black beans, corn, and tomatoes – alongside rice and Tex-Mex spices. (makeitdairyfree.com)
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Vegan Bean Dip

5 from 14 votes
Easy vegan bean dip makes a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack!
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Black Bean Tacos

5 from 6 votes
Black bean tacos make for an easy meatless dinner.
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Vegan Taco Salad

4.43 from 7 votes
This vegan taco salad recipe is loaded with delicious ingredients to satisfy your hunger and delight your tastebuds.
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Creamy Pumpkin Sage Pasta

4.90 from 28 votes
This fun-but-fancy pasta recipe is made with pumpkin, coconut milk, and savory seasonings.
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Vegan Queso

4.77 from 21 votes
Creamy and spicy white vegan queso made with cashews and green chilis in just five minutes in your blender.
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A tortilla chip being dipped into white vegan queso.

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