In an ideal world, we would make dinner every night with fresh veggies bought at the local farmer’s market. But unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and sometimes we’re lazy. Or short on time. Or don’t have the means to stock up on fresh vegetables every week. And that is where frozen and canned vegetables come in.

Frozen vegetables are known to be a lifesaver, but people forget about canned veggies. And canned veggies can be just as helpful! So the next time you’re running short on time or are just feeling lazy, buy these canned veggies at the grocery store:


Corn is one of the most common canned vegetables, and it is one of the best. Nutritious with no added sugars, canned corn is great to add to salads, burrito bowls, salsa, soup- you name it!

Green beans

You might not be able to think of a recipe off the top of your mind that requires green beans, but trust us, it’s an excellent staple to have on hand! Canned green beans have a long shelf life, so they’re great to add to a last-minute soup or casserole.


Canned tomatoes are ideal for many things, from homemade sauce to chili. Not to mention there are whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and crushed. It’s always a good idea to have a couple of cans of tomatoes in your kitchen just in case a recipe calls for them.


Canned peas are another vegetable that’s great to have stocked in the kitchen, just in case. Canned peas are great to add to a variety of dishes when you’re in a pinch, like split pea soup or even a stir-fry.


Typically, carrots are bought fresh. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also buy them canned! Canned carrots are usually already sliced, saving you from the hassle of having to do so. It also means they are great to blend into a soup or make into delicious brown sugar-glazed carrots.


Canned chilies are great to add to a dish when you want to add a little heat without being too powerful but still add a nice taste. From fire-roasted chilies to mild diced green chilies, there’s a spice level for everyone.