13 Best Canned Beef Recipes

Transform canned beef into an amazing dinner!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated January 30, 2023

I’ve come up with this list of the best canned beef recipes for all the busy families out there! I want to prove that with just a can of meat, you can still make a delicious, wholesome meal.

the best canned beef recipes

Canned beef is often also known as corned beef, or salt beef on the east coast. This meat is made from salt-cured beef brisket, with spices and sugar also sometimes added.

The name “corned beef” actually comes from the large rock salt traditionally used to cure the meat. They’re also known as “corns”!

Corned beef is an old-fashioned pantry staple that was made popular in WWI and WWII. Fresh meat was heavily rationed during this time, so cheaper shelf-stable products like corned beef became the norm.

Corned beef is used in many popular dishes, such as the Reuben sandwich and breakfast hash. But there are so many other ways to use this versatile meat such as in spaghetti or casseroles.

I always keep a few cans of corned beef on hand for a last-minute delicious meal. I hope this list will help you find new ways to appreciate this tasty and affordable ingredient!

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01. Canned Beef Stroganoff

A rich treat to warm the stomach.

This creamy recipe is a favorite of mine, and it’s even easier because you don’t have to cook the roast! It uses canned roast beef which is already perfectly seasoned and tender.

Ingredients like onions and mushrooms give the flavorful sauce umami and depth. Let this canned beef stroganoff cook until the sauce is thick and serve on top of cooked egg noodles.

02. Corn Beef Hash

The perfect hearty breakfast after a late night!

This hash keeps things simple with just three ingredients: fried potatoes, onions, and corned beef. It’s a salty, satisfying breakfast that is perfect for Sunday mornings or during the holidays!

Cook some fried eggs in the skillet as well to add even more protein to this dish. Then, serve with a drizzle of hot sauce or ketchup for a pop of flavor!

03. Vegetable Beef Soup

This comforting soup is the perfect way to use up leftovers in the fridge.

With ingredients like braised cabbage, potatoes, and corned beef, this is a real stick-to-your-ribs soup! The corned beef helps season the broth with salt and meatiness to make it nice and rich.

This recipe is super filling and so healthy because of all the vegetables!

04. Beef Stew

The simplest slow-cooker canned beef stew recipe!

This hearty beef stew is the perfect recipe when you need to feed a crowd! Sweet chunks of carrot and tender potato are the perfect pairings for a savory corned beef gravy.

Just set your slow cooker to medium heat and this dish cooks while you go about your day. Make the meal even more filling by serving it with dinner rolls or garlic bread!

05. Canned Beef Casserole

A delicious casserole made entirely from pantry staples!

This one-dish corned beef casserole combines all your favorite rich and cheesy flavors. Cream of chicken soup is combined with milk to create the perfect thick and creamy sauce for your ingredients.

Give the casserole a little extra texture by adding some breadcrumbs on top!

06. Canned Roast Beef Sandwich

A nod to the traditional Reuben, but with a few tweaks!

Thick slices of corned beef are the staple of this deliciously thick and meaty sandwich! Instead of using sauerkraut, this sandwich gets a kick from a spicy horseradish mayonnaise.

Although I love the chewiness of a good ciabatta bun, you can also use traditional rye bread for this recipe.

07. Tasty Reuben Sandwich

The quintessential corned beef sandwich!

The combination of salty corned beef and sauerkraut is so complementary and classic. Add in a slice of melted swiss cheese and it’s the perfect medley of cheesy, crunchy, and meaty!

Although this sandwich is plenty juicy, adding a sauce never hurts! A savory Russian dressing made with garlic and paprika is the final touch to bring everything together.

08. Potato Soup with Canned Beef and Cabbage

This Irish-style dish is perfect to serve around St. Patrick’s.

This robust soup is filled with big chunks of fluffy potato and soft cabbage. The seasoned canned meat adds the perfect amount of flavor and salt without being overpowering.

This is a great recipe to make with leftovers. If you’re looking for a good low-carb recipe, a potato-free version of this soup is perfect.

09. Canned Corned Beef and Cabbage

A smoky skillet dish that can be made in one pan!

This traditional recipe is made with fried thick-cut bacon for extra fat and flavor. The cast iron skillet helps give the corned beef that perfect sear and crunch.

Make sure your cabbage is shredded nice and thin so it soaks up more of the flavors in the pan. You can even add a bit of beer while this dish cooks for a rich, malty taste.

10. Canned Corned Beef Hash Patties

All the flavors you love from a hash, in patty form!

This crispy breakfast patty is filled with fluffy potato and loads of savory shredded corned beef. There’s even some egg mixed in to complete this breakfast dish and bind the patty together while it fries.

This is a great on-the-go breakfast for the kids.

11. Corned Beef Burritos

A spicy fusion of flavors.

Although the ingredients for this burrito are simple, the flavors pack a punch. A fiery red salsa made of arbol and guajillo peppers helps to spice up the rice and corned beef filling.

Slices of avocado help mellow out the heat and add that pop of fresh flavor. You’ll wonder why you didn’t use corned beef for your burritos before!

12. Corned Beef Cottage Pie

Keep things simple with this crowd-pleasing tasty meal.

It’s hard not to love cottage pie for its rustic but classic blend of flavors. Corned beef in a savory gravy topped with mashed potatoes is as simple and delicious as it gets.

Purists might advise against it, but I love to add a bit of cheese on top of my cottage pie!

13. Corned Beef Pizza

All the flavors of a Reuben, on a pizza!
This simple pizza is made with a classic combination of corned beef, thinly sliced potatoes, and cabbage. The cabbage is simmered in a broth of pickling spices to infuse it with warm notes of ginger and cloves.

A simple olive oil base keeps the individual flavors from getting muddled under a sauce. This pizza is one of a kind and the perfect dish to surprise guests with!

13 Best Canned Beef Recipes


  1. Choose one of these delicious canned beef recipes.

  2. Take a trip to the grocery store for your ingredients.

  3. Prepare a hearty meal that tastes amazing and won’t break the bank!

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