125 Vegan Pantry Staple Ingredients To Stock Up On with Recipes!

Having a well-stocked and organized pantry is the foundation to building simple, healthy, and nourishing plant-based meals.  Now more than ever, I have been relying on vegan pantry staple ingredients of all kinds: rices, vegetables, pastas, flours, fruits, and some surprising items you would never guess were shelf-stable (check the protein section below)!

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Knowing what you have on hand and being able to see what you have at a glance will help with meal planning, meal prep, and shopping. When you can: buy in bulk, and buy on sale.  I get a lot of questions about what ingredients I personally use in my recipes on TheHerbeevore.com, so I’ve included links to the exact items that I keep in my cupboards.

Keeping vegan pantry staple ingredients on hand is great for any family meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.  I usually start my meal planning by picking a pantry staple (oats in the morning, beans for lunch, spaghetti dinner, etc.) and buidling the rest of my menu around that.


Breakfast & Baking Pantry Staples

I’m adding these in a section together as I tend to bake quite a bit for breakfast: pancakes and muffins are often in our weekly recipe rotation.  In our house, breakfast and baking go hand-in-hand.  You can build simple and health breakfasts using vegan pantry staple ingredients as well as any fresh produce you have.  Oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, breakfast bowls, and even breakfast burritos are fantastic ways to start the day!

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Aunt Ruth’s Pancakes utilize vegan pantry staple ingredients for an amazingly delicious breakfast that the whole family will love!  

Pantry Staple Breakfast Ingredients

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My simple 4 Ingredient No Knead Bread  recipe uses only flour, salt, yeast, and water!  That is it.  This is THE one recipe my friends always ask me to bring to brunch… its so easy, anyone can make it!

Pantry Staple Baking Ingredients

Pantry Staple Fruits

Jarred, canned, and dried fruits are a fantastic addition to your well-stocked pantry. While I normally prefer fresh fruit, there are some great vegan pantry staple ingredients for getting the nutrients from fruit that you need. I make smoothies with banana and papaya powders, and add canned and dried fruits in desserts and baking recipes.

A quick note on canned fruit: if you do buy canned fruit aim for a no sugar added variety, or one that is packed in juice. Avoid canned fruit that is packed in heavy syrup… that way you can control the amount of added sugar you are bringing to the table.

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My Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins use pantry staple ingredients like apple sauce and cinnamon to bring amazing fall flavors to the breakfast table!  

Vegan Pantry Staple Proteins

This is one category I get super excited about. You can build a healthy protein-rich diet with a few classic pantry staples.  There are more than just beans here!  I love adding shelf-stable tofu to soups and stir fries.  And TVP is the foundation for our weekly taco nights.  You can even get some extra protein in with your breakfast, here are some great vegan pantry staple ingredients  below.

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These Aloha BBQ Tofu Bowls utilize one of my favorite pantry staple ingredients protein: tofu!  Add some canned pineapple, jarred red peppers, BBQ sauce brown rice, and you have yourself a bright and healthy meal in no time… using mostly ingredients from the cupboards.


I am breaking out beans into their own protein category becuase there are so many amazing options!  Beans are the building blocks of soups, stews, and taco nights for us.  Super versatile, beans can be eaten for any meal of the day: in a breakfast burrito, in a wrap at lunch, or in a thick and hearty soup for dinner.

You can stock either canned or dried beans. I tend to focus on dried as I cook a weekly batch of beans up on my Instant Pot in under an hour.  If you do get canned beans, make sure to get a low sodium variety.

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This Vegan Pumpkin Lentil Chili recipe uses 2 kinds of beans (lentils + kidney beans) plus a variety of other amazing vegan pantry staple ingredients: canned tomatoes, pumpkin, and vegetable stock.

Here are some legume varieties I always keep on hand:

Canned and Jarred Vegetables 

Canned vegetables tend to get a bad wrap… but as you will see below, there are some fantastic options for shelf-stable vegetables.  These yummy and nutritious additions to your pantry will brighten up your plate.  While I tend to cook with a lot of fresh and frozen vegetables when they are available, my pantry is always stocked with the below vegan pantry staple ingredients!

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My BEST 5 Ingredient Marinara Sauce is made with vegan pantry staple ingredients, and uses San Marzano tomatoes for an amazing flavor and taste!  

Pantry Staple Spices

OK my list of spices could probably be about 100 items long,  so I’ll narrow it down to my top 10 most-used spices.  I’ll skip some of the basics and feaure fun spice blends that we love!

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Pantry spices are great for adding to recipes like my Vegetable Demi-Glace, which uses bay leaves, garlic, thyme, and tellicherry peppercorns!  Demi-glace is like a falvor bomb for your soups, and is the perfect addition to stews, sauces, and savory recipes.

Pantry Staple Grains and Rice

Rices and grains are the one area of the pantry where you can really buy in bulk!  We normally buy rice in 20 lbs bags, and keep the rice in airtight containers for quick usage.  Rices are great as a standalone meal (hello fried rice!), make a healthy and spicy side for Taco Tuesday, and go great with stews and curries. We use grains in the same way, I love adding quinoa or barley to a soup to thicken.  Rices and grains can be nutrient-rich and healthy additions to any diet… plus are inexpensive vegan pantry staple ingredients that you can stock up on and buhy in bulk.

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My Simple Lemon Quinoa salad is the pefect way to highlight your pantry staple grains!  Mixed with some fresh herbs, veggies, and a bright vinaigrette, this summer salad is great for a crowd.

Pantry Staple Grains

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One Pot Chickpea and Rice Soup is a great way to get those grains (and beans!) together in one healthy dish. A fantastic light lunch or dinner option, made from vegan pantry staple ingredients and a few fresh veggies!

Pantry Staple Rice


Pantry Staple Pastas

I love mixing and matching my pastas with different sauces and soups that I make.  I always make sure to have an assortment of fun pastas on hand to match any sauce I feel like having. White wheat, whole wheat, veggie pasta, rice pastas, and bean pastas all have their own place in my kitchen. Here is a good guide for what to have on hand- if possible, try to have one from each category.

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My White Wine Pasta with Garlic & Herbs is a 20 minute pantry staple weeknight savior!  A great meal when you want to get a little #fancy without spending all day in the kitchen.

What About Canned Soups?

I left out canned soups on this list for a few reasons.  First off, I don’t buy them.  They are loaded with sodium and are generally not something I want to eat on a regular basis (ramen is the exception!).  And second, when I want to make a big hearty pot of soup, I can do it with using plenty of pantry staples on this list.  By adding beans, rices, pastas, vegetables, vegetable stock and spices, you can easily make your own soup instead of buying canned. I have some great soup recipes here on TheHerbeevore.com, so I’d recommend trying a few out instead of reaching for that canned soup.

Condiments and Sauces

Jazz up any recipe with the addition of a flavorful sauce or condiment.  I’d say that just about every meal we eat comes with an accompanying condiment or sauce.  They are great for any meal of the day, and add a bright and rich flavor to an otherwise plain dish.  Kick up your pantry recipes wth some of these sauces and spices.

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My recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables has a bright and fresh dressing which uses both whole grain mustard and capers (plus other pantry staples like maple syrup and olive oil!)


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These Loaded Vegan Nachos are a great way to use that last little bit of salsa in the jar! 


Vinegar and Oils

A little goes a long way with vinegars and oils! I love adding a splash of balsamic to my Instant Pot Penne recipe or drizzling some olive oil over a hot bowl of soup. Vinegars and oils are a great addition to any recipe – giving your meal a little extra flavor.  Here are a few acids and fats on the list that are always in my pantry!

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My Dad’s Classic Coleslaw recipe (seriously the BEST I have ever had) uses one secret ingredient: white balsamic vinegar!  That is one pantry vinegar I am always stocked up on.


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This Rosemary Olive Oil Focaccia Bread recipe uses olive oil as one of the simple ingredients in this bread!  I always keep olive oil and a few others in the cabinet for a quick dressing!



Pantry Staple Nuts and Seeds

One of our favorite snacks! I love a handful of nuts in the afternoon when I am feeling a little hungry. Nuts are great to add to baked goods (brownies + walnuts are the best combo!), to savory meals (topping a homemade Pad Thai with some peanuts adds crunch), or great to turn into nut milks.  The only caveat is that nuts have a slightly shorter shelf life than other ingredients on this list because of their high oil content. So make sure to store these in a cool dry place, or in the refrigerator.

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My Cinnamon Toast Crunch-y Granola recipe has both peanuts and cashews for an awesome healthy addition to your breakfast bowl!

Pantry Staple Drinks & Beverages

There are a lot of great beverages and drink options to keep in a dry pantry!  Coffee, teas, juices, and almond milk all have delicious shelf-stable options.  And I’m adding wine to this list too because I love cooking with wine (and I even use some in my recipes too, ha).  Below are some great options that we always have on hand in our pantries and cupboards.

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My Homemade Chocolate Oat Milk recipe is made entirely with pantry staple products: oats, cacao powder, water, cinnamon, and maple sryup!

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A sneak peak into our pantry!  Full of tons of amazing vegan pantry staple ingredients.

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Anything I missed?  What are your favorite vegan pantry staple ingredients?  Let me know in the comments below.

Get Some of these Vegan Pantry Staple Recipes!

Pumpkin Lentil Chili (Vegan, GF)
This pumpkin lentil chili is a healthy fall comfort food loaded with plant protein and fresh vegetables! Great as a meal prep or game day dinner.  Serve with a slice of thick crusty bread or cornbread, and top with your favorite toppings: cilantro, crackers, sour cream or coconut cream, and melty cheese.
Check out this recipe
Family Recipe: DA’s Coleslaw - With Vegan Option
Our family recipe for THE Best Coleslaw I have ever had!  Crisp, tangy, creamy and delicious- this is the perfect side dish for a BBQ, holiday party, or just a weeknight dinner!
my dad's recipe for classic coleslaw
Homemade Chocolate Oat Milk
This plant-based chocolate milk is a perfect and easy treat! Only a few simple whole ingredients.  Great in overnight oats, lattes, in cereal, or by just itself in a glass.
Check out this recipe
Homemade chocolate oat milk recipe
White Wine Pasta Sauce with Garlic & Herbs
This garlic & white wine pasta sauce is bright, flavorful, and absolutely divine! Made with pantry staple ingredients for a simple pasta anytime. Can easily be made gluten free and vegan too - so its perfect for anyone at your table.
Check out this recipe
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