15+ Ways to Use Canned Tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are a kitchen pantry staple. In fact, 76% of you told us you have this ingredient on hand at all times! Makes sense: A can of tomatoes means less prep work for a dinner recipe the whole family will love. So get out that can opener and try our delicious ways to use canned tomatoes.

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    Chipotle Turkey Chili

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    We know what you're thinking -- canned tomatoes in chili; been there, done that. But why mess with a good thing? Not only does this spicy turkey chili taste dang good, but it's good for you, too, at under 300 calories per serving!

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    Chicken Cacciatore

    Use a 28-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    If a recipe is popular enough to have its own holiday, it's gotta be good (yes, there is a National Chicken Cacciatore Day!). The recipe calls for a big ol' can of tomatoes (not your typical 14.5-ounce can) to complement the mushrooms and olives.

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    Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders

    Use two 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes and one 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes.

    Not one, not two, but THREE cans of tomatoes give these meaty sandwiches tremendous sauciness. One bite and you'll agree that three is the magic number.

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    Pork and Squash Enchiladas

    Use a 10-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles.

    A canned tomato-chile mix dances with some unexpected produce in this tangy enchilada recipe. Partner the 'matoes with squash and onion, then welcome pork and spices into a tortilla-wrapped taste tango!

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    Gluten-Free Short Ribs over Gorgonzola Polenta

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    A can of already-diced tomatoes and a large dose of bold red wine make an easy sauce for succulent beef from the slow cooker. Who says you can't make an elegant dinner using canned tomatoes?

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    Baked Ziti with Three Cheeses

    Use a 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

    Pasta + three cheeses + a can of tomatoes = a dinner idea no one can resist! Kick up the flavor by using fire-roasted tomatoes in this satisfyingly-gooey pasta dish.

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    Virgin Mary Smoothies

    Use a 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes.

    Healthy snack alert! That can of tomatoes shines (just look at the rich tomatoey color of the drink) in this healthy smoothie recipe. Don't worry -- if you want this snack at work, we don't expect you to travel with a blender; make-ahead directions are included!

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    Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    OK, vegetarians, you win this one: This meat-free recipe is just as good as the ground-beef-loaded original. Thanks to quinoa and ample cheese, these stuffed peppers still pack 11 grams of protein. We know they're hard to see under all the cheesy goodness, but there's a can of tomatoes in there, too.

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    Beef Taco Pie

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Get a mini cooking lesson from one of our editors. The recipe? Our too-easy, too-tasty beef taco pie!

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    Herbed Wild Rice

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Canned tomatoes and your slow cooker go together like peanut butter and jelly -- they're a perfect pairing! Here, tomatoes combine with broth to create a flavorful cooking liquid for rice that's so much more enticing than boring, flavorless water!

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    Spaghetti Squash "Pasta" with Marinara Sauce

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Spaghetti with marinara sauce is a classic, but let's try expanding our horizons, shall we? Swapping spaghetti squash for pasta still offers classic Italian flavor, but with a fresh, trendy update. The effort is in the squash, so we let you enjoy the ease of the dump-and-stir sauce using canned tomato products.

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    Indian Masala Chili

    Use a 28-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Hold the phone! Actually, step away from the phone, because with this dinner recipe, there's no need to order in from that Indian place down the street. Our homemade masala chili is full of the Indian flavors you love, but it's way healthier (less than 400 calories per serving!) and dirties only one pan.

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    Sloppy Joe Tostadas with Yams and Black Beans

    Use a 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

    Behold: The absolutely, positively delicious sloppy joe tostada. Remember to keep your napkin at the ready -- loads of canned tomatoes and crumbly queso fresco on top up the mess factor. But it's totally worth it!

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    Tilapia Pasta

    Use a 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Fast, family-friendly, and flavorful? Yep, our tilapia pasta has it all! Watch to learn how to make the easy weeknight dinner.

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    Vegetarian Gumbo

    Use a 28-oz. can diced tomatoes.

    Ten minutes prep time, six ingredients, three steps. This mouthwatering vegetarian gumbo proves that dinner shouldn't just be delicious, it should also be ready immediately.

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    Gluten-Free Mango-Chicken Tinga

    Use a 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

    Sweet + smoky = a Mexican recipe unlike anything you've had before. Don't believe us? Try the combo of mango nectar and fresh pineapple with chipotle peppers and, of course, canned tomatoes, and see for yourself.

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    Chicken Breasts with Smoky Pepper Sauce

    Use a 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

    Looking for a quick and easy chicken breast recipe that's actually delicious? The fire-roasted tomatoes and smoked paprika give just the right kick to this 35-minute dinner. So. Much. Deliciousness.

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    French Garden Soup

    Use a 14.5-oz. can petite diced tomatoes.

    If spring was a soup, this recipe would be it. Every bite is jam-packed with yummy veggies, and yes, we combined fresh and canned vegetables. Why not? It's the best of both worlds: great flavor and quick prep time thanks to pre-diced canned tomatoes.

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    Farro, Bean, and Sweet Potato Braise

    Use a 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

    You might want to give your slow cooker a hug after making our hearty sweet potato braise. The tasty mix of canned tomatoes, grains, and veggies is a mouthwatering love-it-and-leave-it slow cooker recipe (our favorite kind!).

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