Del Monte Inspired Recipes

Del Monte Inspired Recipes

Del Monte

Del Monte is a household name and one that I grew up with. Though I tend to use fresh fruits and vegetables I do buy canned and keep them on hand for conveniences’ sake. I was excited when I was contacted by Del Monte and asked to create a few recipes using their canned products. They asked me to gather some friends and put together some ideas and we came up with several yummy recipes.  I also have the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for a fun Del Monte prize pack for one lucky Celebrating Family reader.

Most of us have served canned vegetables as a side dish and eaten canned fruit right from the can, but I challenge you to think bigger! Remember, canned fruits and vegetables are canned at the peak of ripeness and contain the same essential nutrients as fresh. Also, canned fruit and vegetables are affordable and convenient so why not use them in your main dishes, desserts, and appetizers? Check out these Del Monte canned creations we came up with and read through for the giveaway.

Peach Parfait

If you have a craving for peaches when they are not in season (or affordable) why not try this easy and fun treat? Simply layer drained canned peaches with vanilla yogurt and top with blueberries.

Peach Parfait

Easy As Shepherd’s Pie

This is an easy spin on shepherd’s pie and is a little different but quite tasty.


  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can beefy mushroom or cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can Del Monte corn, drained
  • 1 can Del Monte green beans, drained
  • 1 can Del Monte diced tomatoes, drained (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch dice. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes and pour them into a bowl, add butter. Combine milk, egg yolk and add the mixture and the salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, prepare the pie filling. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When oil is heated, add the onions and saute for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes before adding in the ground meat. Stir the meat and cook until it is browned.
  4. Add in the canned soup and the drained canned vegetables one can at a time and stir until combined and heated through.
  5. Add the mixture to the casserole dish and top with the mashed potatoes. Make sure to completely cover the meat filling with the potatoes so it is sealed up.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top begins to brown. Let it sit and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Easy shepherd's pie

Pear and Vanilla Ice Cream

This idea sounded a little strange when it was presented to me but it turned out to be so good!  If you ever find yourself asking what you can do with canned pears (other than fruit salad) try this out.

Open and drain a can of pear halves. Place the pear flat side up and place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Drizzle chocolate syrup over it and serve immediately.

Pear and Vanilla Ice Cream

Those recipes are more exciting than simply opening up a can and heating it up right? I hope you try them out and love them. Make them your own and alter them however you are inclined.

This giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winner Christy H.

Now for the giveaway. Del Monte is provding a prize pack to one lucky winner. The gift pack will include:

  • (1) can Del Monte® Cut Green Beans
  • (1) can Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes
  • (1) can Del Monte® Whole Kernel Corn
  • (1) can Del Monte® Pear Halves
  • (1) can Del Monte® Sliced Peaches
  • 1 can strainer
  • 1 apron

To enter, leave a comment letting me know one way you use canned fruit or vegetables. One entry per person and open to US residents age 18+ only. Ends June 6, 2013 at midnight MST. Void where prohibited. Good luck!

Del Monte Prize Pack

 The Del Monte products, information and two gift packs have been provided by Del Monte.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Theresa Dell says

    I use French cut string beans to make bean salad – beans, onions, vinegar and oil – quick and easy

  2. Because I am lazy I just eat the fruit out of the can.

  3. Debra Wagner says

    That Shepards pie looks delicious!

  4. Tina Bartunek says

    I love to make casseroles with all kinds of canned vegetables. Corn, peas, green beans…love them!

  5. Janet W. says

    I use canned vegetables for casseroles and chicken pot pie. Also just as a side dish!

  6. Teressa Morris says

    I use canned diced tomatoes on my salad when I can’t find good fresh ones.

  7. Debra Wagner says

    I love putting fruit in my cereal. Peaches, pears, even fruit cocktail!

  8. I used canned corn and green beans as side items

  9. WOW! Everything looks yummy!

  10. Marta Morales López says

    looks yummy…now i am hungry XD

  11. Goldie P. Whitney says

    In addition, a nutrition study conducted by the University of Illinois showed that canned fruits and vegetables generally provide as much dietary fiber and essential nutrients as their cooked fresh and frozen counterparts. In fact, canned corn has more lutein than fresh corn. And canned spinach has loads of vitamins A and C.

  12. ohh!! That would be great in summer

  13. Hollie Jahnke says

    My family loves green bean casserole so I make that often!

  14. naomi winkel says

    I use can fruits in a crisp like pear or peach crisp

  15. Janet Jackson says

    I like to used canned green beans to make green been casserole

  16. Chicken with canned del monte green beans and potatoes and smothered in butter and Italian dressing mix

  17. I love eating canned fruit, love the juice they come in. Also love canned French string beans.

  18. Jan Smith Johnson says

    I use the diced tomatoes and corn in a black bean salsa

  19. Ellen Casper says

    I use canned pineapple on pizza.

  20. Leslie L. Stanziani says

    I use canned veggies so many ways.I love to add peas to tuna,noodles,and mayo for a lighter lunch for me and the 4 kids.Thanks!

  21. rebecca day says

    i use vegetables for casseroles and fruit out of the can

  22. Christina Domingue says

    I love to use Delmonte pineapple to make pineapple upside down muffins or cake

  23. I love canned fruit! We just eat eat! Chill it and eat it! Mmmmm

  24. Secret Birkheiser says

    Use camned peaches for peach cobbler. My daughter usually has a can of green beans everyday. She loves them!!

  25. Tory LeCompte says

    I use fruit cocktail in my punch bowl cake!

  26. A quick canned recipe we eat in my family is Mexican chicken casserole. Mix together a can of diced tomatoes with chiles, sweet corn, cream of cheddar cheese soup, cream of chicken soup, and 2 cans of shredded chicken. Cut tortillas cut into fourths And layer tortillas, mixture, and shredded cheddar cheese in a 9×13 pan two or 3 times, then top with a layer of only tortillas then cheese. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until hot throughout) and uncover for an additional 5 minutes to brown the cheese slightly. It’s delicious and can feed my family of 5 with leftovers. 🙂

  27. I use canned fruit or vegetables to make salad, cocktail or yogurt…
    Thank You for the chance to enter

  28. I use canned fruit in jello all the time. It’s great to mix and match the fruits with different flavored jellos. I use canned veggies as side dishes or mixed in with a meal like stews or something similar.

  29. Mippy/Sabrina says

    I use canned peaches in jello 🙂

  30. Joey Carnes says

    I use them in my lentil/split pea soup!

  31. I always have canned fruit on hand.Great for when the grandkids show up and there is not enough fresh fruit to go around.

  32. I love to use canned peaches in cobblers and the green beans as a summer side dish.

  33. Kathie Craig says

    Green bean casserole, corn/cornbread casserole, in jello, out of the can and in chili.

  34. Mommy Pamela says

    I love canned vegetables! They are a super easy addition to any meal. Thanks for the sheppards pie recipe.

  35. I use canned fruit in cobblers all the time. Easy and delicious.

  36. vera hanson says

    easiest part of making dinner…open a can of Del Monte veggies and heat!

  37. Mary Mudd says

    I always put a can of cream corn in my vegetable soup. Makes it taste better.

  38. Canned tomatoes for my homemade pasta sauce!

  39. We use canned vegetables as a filler in casseroles.

  40. Pamela F. says

    We love to make fruit crisp using different mixes of canned fruit

  41. That seems to be very tasty.

  42. Vanessa Mabel Camba says

    Wow yummy ice cream!

  43. wow:) good ideas! I love these recipes and will try them! Thankyou for sharing:) The Pear and Vanilla Ice Cream is a fav!:)

  44. Ernest K. Roberts says

    One thing I love making with canned veggies is busy day chili. our chili is always a rainbow chili to see how many fun colors we can put in.

  45. northwestchefs says

    These recipes are great. Have you seen them work in a restaurant before?

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