20 Meals at Costco for $150 – Meal Plan #2 with Printables

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 13, 2014

Costco Meal Plan

Are you ready?  We’ve got another awesome meal plan for 20 Meals at Costco for $150!  A couple of things first…

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    2. Check out the original 20 Meals from Costco for $150.
    3. Every few weeks, Costco releases a new cycle of coupons and deals, which we gather all the prices for to get you the best deals on our Costco Store Deals list. This list is updated every cycle…and is NOW available in the new free Favado grocery savings app!
  1. If you’d prefer to shop at Sam’s Club, then we’ve got that too!  See our Sam’s Club 20 Meals for $150!
  2. PLUS…Find more great “mix and match ingredients” recipes like the ones we use in the Costco Meal Plans in my 3 cookbooks!

Disclaimers

  • Yes, I realize this makes for roughly $7.50 dinners. Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better, which according to their policy of only carrying Choice and Prime grade meat makes sense!  Plus, you’ll have LOTS of leftovers, which you’ll see in the video below that helps reduce the actual meal prices down!
  • Produce prices may vary by region. And season.
  • Meals are for a family of 4. Larger families, or families with teenagers will need to adjust quantities.
  • Meals are as kid friendly, family friendly, and allergy friendly as I could make them. Hopefully you will enjoy them!
  • Mix and Match Meals – because of the bulk purchasing, this is really a game of mixing and matching ingredients. The ingredients are very common and work in a wide variety of recipes, so feel free to use them in other recipes besides those listed below.  Nothing is set in stone!
  • Some pantry and fridge ingredients like milk, butter, spices etc. are not listed on the Costco Ingredients List, since most household already have those items.  However, every ingredient you need for each recipe is listed on each individual recipe linked below AND on the Costco Printable at the end of the post.

Costco 20 Meals Plan 2 Receipt

I made a few notes on the receipt about what I thought would be leftover…but in reality, you’ll see below what will actually be leftover…

Recipe List

A note about Tuna ~ If you prefer not to use tuna, then you can purchase a 6 pk of 12.5 oz canned chicken for only $11.49 at Costco that you can substitute instead.  All tuna recipes can use canned chicken or purchase additional chicken breasts, cook them in the slow cooker so they are soft and easily shredded and use as a tuna substitute.

We did a live chat, walking through the plan, the recipes and the ingredients. I share tips and tricks for each recipe! I hope the video is helpful to you in understanding how this all works!

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20 Meals from Costco Ingredients Plan 2

Costco Ingredients & Price List

  • 1 – 8 pack of 15 ounce cans stewed or diced tomatoes – $5.99
  • 1 – 12 pack of 16 ounce chicken stock containers – $9.99
  • 1 – 12 can package of tuna in water – $15.99
  • 1 – 6 pack of 1 pound organic spaghetti noodles – $6.59
  • 1 large pineapple – $2.99
  • 1 bag 6 mixed peppers – $6.79
  • 1 – 15 pound bag gold potatoes – $7.49
  • 1 – 5 pound bag organic baby carrots – $5.29
  • 1 – 2 pound block mild cheddar cheese – $4.99
  • 1 – 5 pound bag Sweet Onions – $3.79
  • 1 – 5 pound bag organic frozen corn – $5.99
  • 1 – 5 pound bag organic frozen green beans – $6.79
  • 2 – 18 count eggs – $2.65 x 2
  • 1 – 40 ounce container sour cream – $3.99
  • 1 – 3 pack, 5 count Chicken and Apple Sausage – $13.99
  • 1 – 6+ pound package ground beef $20.58
  • 1 – 7+ pound package boneless, skinless chicken breast  - $21.29
  • 3 dozen dinner rolls – $4.49
  • 40 count 6” flour tortillas – $3.19
  • 2 pack sandwich loaves – $3.99

Total Cost – $159.50 plus LOTS of leftovers

(And note there are a number of organic products included too!)

What You’ll Need from the Store and Pantry:

Grocery Store:

  • small bottle BBQ sauce, 3 – 4 oz. cans green chilies, 6 oz can of mushrooms

Fridge & Pantry:

  • butter, milk, mayonnaise (or Greek Yogurt), flour, breadcrumbs, oil, taco seasoning and other common spices

(Full list of Additional Ingredients can be found on the printable at the end!)

Leftovers

Leftovers – you will have lots leftover including:

  • 5+ packages of pasta (about $5)
  • 1 can of tuna (about $1)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (about $1)
  • 6 containers chicken broth (about $5)
  • several onions ($1)
  • lots of sandwich bread ($1)
  • 2 lb. ground beef (about $6 worth!)
  • as well as smaller quantities of other ingredients

I did not reflect these “leftovers” in the total cost, so it would really be about $20 less than the total price!!!

Wine Pairings

My good friend, Amy from VineSleuth.com/Uncorked, has taken the time to pair all of our 20 Meals from Costco Meal Plan #2 recipes with fantastic wine options!  Most of these wines should be available in your Costco store as well as other stores in your local area.  Plus, they are almost all between the $8-$15 range!  So, if you like wine or just want to learn more about it, then be sure to check out her blog.

Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown

Please note that each recipe below has the ingredients listed as a single meal unless otherwise marked as “DOUBLED INGREDIENTS”.

Also, this list is just what you will purchase from Costco. The other “pantry staples” and “optional toppings or garnishes” are listed on the Recipes & Ingredients Printable at the end or on the individual recipes linked below.

Tuna Melts

  • 2 cans tuna
  • 8 Bread slices
  • Cheese, sliced off the block
  • Baby carrots

Cheesy Tuna Pasta

  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles or other pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Green Beans

Tuna Quesadillas

  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 pepper (any color)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Corn or Green Beans
  • Optional: Sour cream for garnish/dip

Spicy Tuna Melt Pie

  • 3 cans tuna
  • 3 eggs
  • Chopped Onion
  • Cheese
  • Corn or Green Beans

Special Instructions: Lunch or Light Dinner

Tuna Sandwiches with Hard Boiled Eggs and Carrots

  • 2 cans tuna
  • bread slices
  • 4 Eggs
  • Baby Carrots

Special Instructions: Lunch or Light Dinner

Loaded Potato Frittata

  • 6 gold Potatoes
  • 8 Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Optional: 6 slices of turkey or regular bacon
  • Pineapple as side dish

Special Instructions: Bacon is optional.  If you already have bacon on hand, feel free to use. If not, it’s easy to omit. The packages of turkey bacon or regular bacon are very large at Costco and not worth purchasing for just 1 meal.

Potato Saute with Baked Eggs

  • about 8 gold potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 sausages, cut up in place of ham
  • Pineapple as side dish

Special Instructions: Ham is in the original recipe, but you can substitute the delicious chicken & apple sausage instead!

Grilled Sausages and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sausage with Peppers and Onions

  • 4 Chicken and Apple sausage links
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 onion
  • Dinner Rolls

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6-8 small gold potatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 can diced tomatoes

Special Instructions: This recipe is Freezer Friendly, so make it ahead of time on a “freezer cooking day” and then pull out when ready to use!

BBQ Meatballs on Potatoes

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 8 gold potatoes
  • Sour Cream for mashed potatoes
  • Corn or green beans

Special Instructions: Meatballs are Freezer Friendly, so make them ahead of time on a “freezer cooking day” and then pull them out when ready to use!

BBQ Meatball Sliders

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 12 Dinner rolls
  • Cheese, sliced off the block
  • Corn or green beans

Special Instructions: Meatballs are Freezer Friendly, so make them ahead of time on a “freezer cooking day” and then pull them out when ready to use!

(2) Taco Meat, serve with Tortillas and Corn

(DOUBLED INGREDIENTS BELOW)

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 16 tortillas, 8 each meal
  • Frozen Corn
  • Optional: 1 diced pepper, diced onion, shredded cheese

Special Instructions: Cook 2 meals of taco meat at one time.  Use half for dinner and freeze the cooled other half for another time.  Be sure to use my Flat Freezing trick to save on freezer space.

(2) Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

(DOUBLED INGREDIENTS BELOW)

  • 4 chicken breasts, shredded and cooked
  • 16 tortillas
  • 6 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Frozen Corn or Green Beans as side dish

Special Instructions: Cook 2 meals worth of enchiladas at one time.  Use half for dinner and freeze the cooled other half for another time.

(2) Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Stew

(DOUBLED INGREDIENTS BELOW)

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 sausage links
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 gold potatoes
  • 2 Peppers
  • 1 Onion
  • Green Beans
  • 8 Dinner Rolls

Special Instructions: Cook 2 meals worth of stew at one time.  Use half for dinner and freeze the cooled other half for another time.  Be sure to use my Flat Freezing trick to save on freezer space.

(2) Corn Chicken Chili

(DOUBLED INGREDIENTS BELOW)

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cups corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 Dinner Rolls
  • Sour cream, for garnish

Special Instructions: Cook 2 meals worth of chili in a large pot.  Use half for dinner and freeze the cooled other half for another time.  Be sure to use my Flat Freezing trick to save on freezer space.

Note: the Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and the Corn Chicken Chili both call for shredded cooked chicken.  Be sure to prep those ahead of time before you plan those meals for dinner!

costco 2 printable grocery list

 costco recipes 2

Complete Printables of All Shopping Lists, Recipes, and Ingredients all in one place – for only $1.49!!!

While we have all the content free above and on the site, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you with this one major printable.  In it you’ll find:

  • Complete grocery shopping list for Costco AND additional ingredients
  • Each recipe with all ingredients listed (Costco, pantry, and grocery ingredients)
  • Directions for each recipe
  • Freezer and slow cooker tips

So simple with everything in one place!

Complete Packet of Printables for this plan…

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables

Complete Packet of Printables for Plan #1

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables

Click each one and get both plans for under $3!

Happy Costco Shopping friend!!!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Gibbons January 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Looking forward to something new!

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Tina January 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Yay! Me TOO! :)

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Kristy Peck January 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Thank you!! I started this with list #1 on the 6th of this month & haven’t even cooked every recipe yet!! It has REALLY helped me with my grocery budget!! I look forward to using list #2 next week!!!

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Dona Navarr0 February 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I’m doing the same thing. I have a ton left in my freezer and a lot of pantry staples left. I can already cross some things off the list that I have left over from last meal plan!

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Jenny Roche January 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

Can’t wait to try this!

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Megan January 15, 2014 at 1:09 am

Hi Erin! i got the printable for meal plan 1 (costco) but i only got the shopping list and meal plan with ingredients not recipes? I also just saw plan 2 could you email me the printables I am missing? thanks!

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anne todd January 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

can i get meal plan 1 please.

Thank you

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Tatiana January 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Can you do a similar list for BJ’s?? That’s where I do through bulk of my shopping for my family

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Christina January 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I wish there was a vegetarian version for Costco!

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Fernanda Hobs January 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Yes! more meat-free options would be great!

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Gwyn January 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

So hoping this one comes in a Sam’s edition too!! We just switched from Costco to Sam’s because we got a deal on membership. Would be bummed to lose these great recipe plans!

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James January 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

Looks very carby…

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Waingro February 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Wow, this is so awesome. Thank you!!!

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Shari - Simply Shari's Gluten Free February 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Wow! What a wonderful, free service you provide. Thanks!

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Dona Navarr0 February 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Thank you so much for your Costco meal plans! We have slimmed our grocery budget for 2 adults and 2 hungry boys to $400 per month and these meal plans have really helped us. I already did meal plan #1 last month and am preparing my list for a Costco trip next week for meal plan #2. I still have a ton of spaghetti and corn left from last month, so I’m already saving money before I even enter the store. I’m going to substitute shredded chicken breast for the tuna. Let you know how it turns out!

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Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way February 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

Thanks for these great meals! This Sunday will be my daughter’s birthday and surely I will try these meals!

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Shannon@sillygeesedesigns February 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

For those wanting vegetarian, most of the meat options could be substitute beans, or what ever you normally use in place of protein. Since I have both a Sam’s membership and a Costco membership I can tell you, most of the time Sam’s as the same stuff only cheaper. Costco has more organic, Sam’s has the same in non organic(they do have some organic at some locations) This meal plan would work for any big box with similar prices, just cross off Costco on the printable and insert or store (Sam’s, BJ’s, or whatever).

I just noticed Erin has a Sam’s list too, it just seems like the list would be pretty interchangeable.

I am curious and will check next time I go to Costco if non organic noodles, corn, green beans are an option and cheaper? Just thinking of easy ways to keep it simple on stop, one list but still lower price, if I take your advice on buying the canned chicken for $11.xx instead of tuna, I can use the difference to buy the big container of taco seasoning.

Thank you for these lists! I learn something new everytime you posts one:D

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elizabeth April 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I am attempting this meal plan for the first time but help. Can I freeze the rolls I bought? Can I freeze the chicken how about the sausage?? Thanks

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Jessica May 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Yes, I froze all of those items. I divided the rolls into large zip-top bags, with 8 rolls per bag, and froze them that way- I think one bag had 6. I put the sausage and chicken in the freezer as soon as I got home and just thawed them out as needed.

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Xiomara Gard May 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Do you have a GF meal plan for costco?

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ian June 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

It’s there a current Costco meal plan? I just stumbled upon the site and neither list seem current, is this still the current list?

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jill June 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm

that is awesome!

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