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Dinner Recipes Using Pantry Staples

Dinner recipes using pantry staples can be easy and delicious. Pantry meals don’t have to be just beans and rice. You can serve your family delicious food using the ingredients you have on hand. 

List of Dinners Using Pantry Staples

What Foods Are Considered Pantry Staples?

Everyone has a different list of what they consider pantry staples, but most people consider rice, pasta, beans, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, canned vegetables, and seasonings as pantry staples. 

At my house we always have ground beef, chicken, frozen vegetables, tuna, eggs, cheese, eggs, canned peppers, salsa, and enchilada sauce on hand so we consider them pantry staples as well. They technically are not stored in the pantry, but they are ingredients that we always have on hand to use. 

What Recipes Can You Make Using Pantry Staples?

Most people think of beans and rice when they think of pantry staples, but there are so many things you can make with a few basic ingredients. 

If you keep your kitchen stocked with a few basic canned goods in the pantry and a few basic things in the fridge and freezer, you can always come up with a delicious meal to serve your family. 

Twenty Two Dinner Recipes Using Pantry Staples

beef enchilada soup

Enchilada Soup

Ground beef, seasoning, and a few pantry staples are all you need for this simple homemade Enchilada Soup

Beef and Bean Bake

Beef and Bean Bake

Beef and Bean Bake is an easy kid friendly meal. You probably have everything on hand that you need to make this dinner. 

Eggs and Rice

Eggs and Rice

Eggs and Rice is one our favorite quick and easy frugal meals. You can eat it with our without the sausage. 

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice and Homemade Refried Beans (or Cheater Refried Beans) 

Mexican Rice and Homemade Refried Beans (or Cheater Refried Beans) is always a simple pantry staple meal, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Mexican Rice and Homemade Refried Beans is one of our favorite ways to serve rice and beans. 

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Tuna Melt Quesadillas

A fun way to change up a basic tuna sandwich is to turn it into a quesadilla with this Tuna Melt Quesadillas Recipe.

Crock Pot Beef and Bean Casserole 

This Crock Pot Beef and Bean Casserole uses just five ingredients. You can easily use a different type of beans for this one. 

Steal Fried Rice

Steak Fried Rice

Steak Fried Rice is a great way to use up leftovers or vegetables that need to be used up. You can use just about any cooked meat like cooked chicken, pork, or beef in fried rice. 

Frozen Breakfast Burritos

Homemade Frozen Breakfast Burritos

Homemade Frozen Breakfast Burritos are one of my son’s favorite breakfasts or breakfast for dinners. He can take one out and heat it up anytime he wants. I almost always have these in the freezer. 

Easy Pasta Sauce

Homemade Easy Pasta Sauce 

Don’t have any a jar of pasta sauce? Or are you tired of your normal pasta sauce? Make it at home with just a few basic ingredients using this Homemade Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup 

Skip the can and make Homemade Tomato Soup with just a few ingredients. 

Mexican Tomato Soup

Mexican Tomato Soup

Mexican Tomato Soup is a delicious way to change up your basic tomato soup. 

Oven Grilled Cheese

Oven Grilled Cheese

Oven Grilled Cheese is a quick and easy way to make grilled cheese. It also works great for cooking grilled cheese for big family or a crowd. 

Beef Taco Skillet

Beef Taco Skillet

Beef Taco Skillet is an easy dinner that uses ground meat, tomatoes, cheese, and some seasoning. 

Green Chili Rice Recipe

Green Chili Rice 

An easy meatless main dish Green Chili Rice or add chicken or ground beef to this rice for an easy main dish using pantry staples. 

Enchilada Rice

Enchilada Rice 

Enchilada Rice is an easy one pot dinner. 

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken can be made in a large batch and used for several meals or freeze the extra for meals later in the month. 

Oven Baked Chicken Legs Recipe

Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Two ingredients are all you need for these Oven Baked Chicken Legs.

Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwich 

Chicken Salad Sandwich can be served as sandwiches on regular or gluten free bread. On tortillas for wraps. With crackers or as a lettuce wrap. 

White Chicken Chili

A simple White Chicken Chili using chicken, beans, onions, and a few seasonings. 

Taco Soup without Beans

Taco Soup without Beans

Want to make taco soup but you don’t have any beans? You can make taco soup without the beans. My family loves this Taco Soup without Beans.

Dutch Rivel Soup

Dutch Rivel Soup

This is an old fashioned Dutch Rivel Soup uses just a few ingredients like broth, four, and eggs. This is one of those recipes that people used to make all the time because it uses basic ingredients you almost always have on hand. This is one of my favorite recipes using pantry staples to make. 

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup is a simple one pot meal that uses just six basic ingredients. 

What recipes using pantry staples do you like to make? 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

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  1. Treva Buchanan says

    I do Ranch style beans, rice, and soy sauce; tuna Mac & cheese, pancakes; any kind of muffins, beef veggie soup, shepherds pie, spaghetti, or even homemade chicken noodle soup. Anything that I can make big quantities of since we have 10-11 people in our house most of the time.

    • I love all of those ideas! Would you be willing to share your recipe for Ranch Style beans? I have seen recipes for them, but have never made them homemade. I would love to try them if you have a recipe that you love. If you are willing to share it you can email me lynn@lynnskitchenadventures.com

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