5 Creative Ways to Cook with a Can of Soup

updated Jan 13, 2020
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You generally think of using canned soup for one thing and one thing only — soup. Pour it into a bowl, heat it up, grab a spoon, and you’re done, right? Not so fast. While those cans are ideal for a quick-and-easy meal (especially when you dress them up), soup is actually great for adding flavor and keeping proteins from drying out.

Read on for five of your favorite dishes that benefit from a can of soup. 

Meatloaf: Add Vegetable Soup

Condensed vegetable soup is a great way to add flavor (and extra veggies) to meatloaf. Use it instead of milk to soak the breadcrumbs, then mix with your usual meatloaf ingredients, like diced onion, lean ground beef, egg, and seasonings. Bonus: It’s dairy-free.

Use this recipe: How To Make Meatloaf from Scratch

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Sloppy Joes: Add Tomato Soup 

Instead of ketchup or a combo of tomato sauce and paste, use that can of condensed tomato soup. Just add to a skillet of cooked ground beef, onion, celery, and your favorite sloppy Joe spices, and let simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. You can serve it as-is, on buns, on nachos, or stuffed in bell peppers and topped with cheese.

Try this recipe: How To Make Quick & Easy Sloppy Joes

Dip: Add Chicken Tortilla Soup 

A can of thick chicken tortilla soup can easily be transformed into a delicious, crowd-pleasing dip. Just add it to your slow cooker with some cream cheese and shredded cheese, and let it cook until thickened and bubbly.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman/Kitchn; Food Stylist: Pearl Jones/Kitchn

Taco Skillet: Add Tomato Soup

If your taco night is feeling a little less-than-flavorful, add a can of condensed tomato soup along with a half cup salsa and some taco seasoning to cooked ground beef or turkey and sliced bell peppers. Let cook until bubbly, top with cheese, and you’ve got yourself a 15-minute skillet dinner that packs a punch.

Try it with this snapshot recipe: Taco Skillet Dinner and 4 Other 5-Ingredient Aldi Meals

Burritos or Tacos: Add Black Bean Soup

If you’ve got a can of black bean soup you’re not sure what to do with, use it inside your burritos and tacos. The black bean soup is already seasoned, so you won’t have to add much to it, unlike with a regular can of black beans. Simply put it in a skillet with a can of spicy chopped chipotle peppers in adobo and let simmer until thickened.

Your turn! Do you have a favorite recipe that uses a can of soup? Tell us in the comments!