Eight Dinner Entrees Made with Pantry Staples

Eight Dinner Entrees from the Pantry

Putting together dinner for the family can be a challenge at the best of times, but when you’re working from home, homeschooling the children, and trying to get everything else accomplished, things can be a bit overwhelming.

This collection of recipes consist of dishes that can be made entirely from pantry items along with some recipes that require the addition of fresh or frozen items. We usually have ground beef, or turkey, in our freezer as well as a some roasts or steaks purchased on sale, so these recipes are all made from food that we already have on hand. We’ve also thrown in a couple of slow cooker recipes, so dinner can take care of itself while you do something else.

Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs

Three ingredient slow cooker barbecued meatballs

This recipe begins with frozen meatballs which are combined with one can and one jar. Everything goes into the crockpot, and in a few hours, you have a delicious supply of Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs to feed your family. These can be served as meatballs or arranged on buns as meatball subs.

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

My mom didn’t buy many canned meats when I was growing up. I was a teenager before I ever tasted a tuna sandwich, but canned salmon was something that my mother purchased and used often. Salmon Patties made a regular appearance on our dinner table. These can be served sandwich style, on a bun, or the patties can be plated as a meat entree and served with your favorite sides.

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie uses canned refried beans, and jarred salsa to create a family meal using only a half pound of ground beef and three tortillas. If you have access to fresh produce, you can top this pie with lettuce, tomato, or avocado. It’s great topped with sliced olives or sour cream, but it’s delicious plain, too.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas made almost entirely from canned ingredients. These begin with canned chicken, cream of chicken soup, and diced green chiles. The addition of sour cream, cheese, and fresh (or frozen) chopped onion make these Creamy Chicken Enchiladas perfect. They’re one of Food Critic’s favorites.

Baked Pork Chops Puttanesca

Pork Chops Puttanesca

Pork Chops Puttanesca can be prepared a day ahead and allowed to marinate. This helps the pork chops stay tender and juicy. This recipe is prepared using canned tomatoes and sliced olives. If you don’t eat pork, or don’t have any, you can make this recipe with chicken. It’s delicious served over polenta or with buttered noodles.

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos


Slow cooking a pork roast with onion, garlic, taco seasoning, and Rotel creates the perfect combination of flavors. That makes these Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos a winner in our book.

Sum Gum

Sum Gum

Sum Gum is the re-creation of a recipe that my friend, Vicki, ate as a child. It was one of her favorites and it took quite a while before I perfected this dish for her, but the ingredients are simple and I consider it quarantine approved. Ground beef, canned green beans, soy sauce, and cooked rice are the base of this delicious recipe. It’s kid approved, too.

Chicken and Dumplings from Food Storage

Chicken and Dumplings is a comfort food for many people. In my household we steam drop biscuits on top of the mixture and those are our “dumplings.” My friend, Angie, over at Kitchen Hospitality prefers strips of dough that more closely resemble thick noodles. However you prepare yours, this recipe for Chicken and Dumplings made from Food Storage is delicious and makes a great base for either type of dumpling.

Eight Dinner Entrees Made with Pantry Staples

What do you think of our eight entrees? Do you think any of them are something that your family would enjoy? Leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

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