Pantry Staples List – Go-To Pantry Essentials For Meal Planning

Meal planning is an important task for reducing your grocery budget, food waste, and saving your time and sanity. I have discovered through the years an easy way to improve on meal planning. I have a pantry staples list that I use to plan my meals around.

It sounds simple and it is, the difference between standard meal planning and planning with a pantry staples list is you don’t end up having partially used bottles and packages of ingredients you will never use again. It ends up being wasteful both for your budget and food waste.

The majority of the meals I make I plan around my pantry essentials plus purchasing fresh and frozen produce. If I plan to use an ingredient that is not on my pantry staples list I plan to use the entire ingredient in that meal plan.

The pantry list could easily grow to a very long list. If the list was very long it wouldn’t be as effective in saving money and sanity. I keep my list very minimal it’s easy to manage and save money.

The pantry staples are perfect ingredients to purchase in bulk for extra savings.

My Pantry Staples List

Beans & Lentils

  • Black Beans
  • Navy Beans (or another white bean)
  • Chickpeas
  • Green Lentils
  • Red Lentils
  • Split Peas


  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tortillas
  • Sliced Bread

Canned Goods

  • Tomatoes


  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Sugar

Baking Essentials

  • Flour
  • Baking Power
  • Baking Soda
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla
  • Dates
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Oats

Nuts & Seeds

  • Flax Seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Sees
  • Chia Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts

Fat & Flavor

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Butter
  • White Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Salsa
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Itialian Seasoning
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Turmeric
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves or Allspice
  • Nutmeg

What are some of the Pantry Essentials you must have on hand?

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