An Easy Guide to Canned Tomatoes

We give you the lowdown on each kind!

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

These canned goods are quite versatile—use them to make pasta sauce, stews, soups, and more! Here’s the lowdown on each kind.



These are tomato chunks canned with tomato purée. It’s an excellent time saver: Simply pour crushed tomatoes into a pan with herbs and other aromatics, simmer, and you’ve got yourself a pasta sauce in no time!



As the name suggests, these are whole tomatoes that have been peeled and canned in tomato juice or purée. Stock up on this versatile product: The tomatoes can be crushed, broken into chunks, diced, or stewed as your chosen recipe dictates.



Usually sold preserved in oil, , sun-dried tomatoes are tomatoes left out in the sun to dry. They lose most of their water content in the process, but their flavor is amplified and their nutritional value is retained (they’re rich in lycopene, antioxidants, and vitamin C). They’re popularly used to give basil pesto another flavor dimension. They’re also great added to pasta and pizza.



This is a very concentrated tomato product made by cooking tomatoes for an extended period of time until the water content evaporates. Use it sparingly—tomato paste delivers quite a flavor punch, so a little goes a long way. Afritada and Kaldereta are some of the Filipino favorites that have tomato paste in their roster of ingredients.



These are tomatoes cooked with bell peppers, onions, and other spices before being canned. Already flavored, it makes an excellent base for tomato-based dishes such as chilies and stews.


Use canned tomatoes in these recipes:

This chunky pasta of tuna, tomatoes, and capers is so robust but a snap to make.

Create your own special breakfast at home with these exciting ingredients and an all-star recipe.

Celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean with these savory bread twists.



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