20 Meals from Costco for $150 – Recipes & Printable Shopping Lists

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 9, 2013

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Spicy Quinoa Recipe Herbed Meatballs Recipe Ranchero Chicken Recipe Grilled Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa

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AND…the 2nd version of 20 Meals from Costco for $150 is published!

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Well, who knew that this idea would be so popular. I seriously thought a few of you would like it…but since there were a bazillion of you who thought it would be helpful, here it is…packaged up in more detail just for you!

Let’s get to it, shall we?!?


  • Yes, I realize this makes for $7.50 dinners. Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better. That explains that!
  • 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.
  • I would expect you to have some ingredients needed for the different recipes in your pantry, like spices, soy sauce, etc. In the recipe/ingredient list below, I’ve only included the ingredients from the Costco purchase list.
  • Swap Idea – save a few bucks and get a 10 lb. bag of rice and not the quinoa. I just like quinoa, and I like that it has a higher protein content than rice. Make rice with corn, black beans, etc instead of the quinoa. You could also serve the rice alongside the taco/tortilla meals too.
  • And lastly…as you’ll see if you really analyze this chicken scratch, I forgot to add the peppers to the bottom portion where I priced everything out. So I added them as optional as it would push the total cost to $155 if you added them.

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Wine Pairings

My good friend, Amy from VineSleuth.com/Uncorked, has added a brand new feature to our Costco Meal Plan!  She has taken the time to pair all of our 20 Meals from Costco 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.

20 Costco Meals $150

Recipe List

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Ingredients & Price List

  • 1 big package of chicken breasts (contains 6 – 1 lb packages) ~ $19
  • 1 big package of ground beef (about 5 1/2 to 6 lb) ~$17
  • 1 package of beef for stew (about 4 lbs) ~$14
  • 1 – 5 lb bag of baby carrots $4.99
  • 1 – 15 lb bag of gold potatoes $9.99
  • 1 – 6 ct package of avocados $5.49
  • 8-9 mangoes or 1 box $5.99
  • 1 – 40 ct bag of 6″ tortillas $3.19
  • 1 – 36 ct bag of Costco bakery dinner rolls $4.49
  • 1 – 4 lb package of frozen broccoli $5.89
  • 1 – 18 ct package of eggs $1.99
  • 1 – 6 lb package of spaghetti noodles $6.59
  • 2 pack Prego pasta sauce $7.49 (MINUS $2.30 coupon!)
  • 2 pack Kirkland salsa $7.49
  • 1 – 24 oz. container Parmesan cheese $7.99
  • 1 – 4 lb bag of quinoa $10.99
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned corn $7.89
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned black beans $5.79
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned tomatoes $5.99
  • Optional – a 6 pack fresh peppers $6.49

Total – $149.94

(or $156.43 if you get the peppers too!)

Leftovers – you will have lots leftover too…including a jar of spaghetti sauce, lots of quinoa, jar of salsa, several pounds of potatoes, a ton of Parmesan cheese, and smaller quantities of other ingredients. I did not reflect these “leftovers” in the total cost, so it would really be $10-$15 less than $150!!!

Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown

Please note that each recipe below has the ingredients listed as a single meal. Note that many of the recipes will be made twice, as noted above, so be sure to check if you need to double the ingredients if you are making one for the freezer.

Also, this ingredients list below is what you purchase from Costco. The other “pantry staples” and “optional toppings or garnishes” are listed on the Recipes & Ingredients printable, linked below.

Grilled Chicken with Mango & Avocado Salsa

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 mangoes
  • optional – diced peppers
  • 4 dinner rolls

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan – prepped chicken in sauce is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • Pasta sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 egg
  • optional – mozzarella slices
  • 4 dinner rolls

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – meat sauce is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • optional – diced pepper
  • 1/3 jar of Prego pasta sauce
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles

Beef and Bean Soft Tacos – taco meat is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Salsa
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Rice or quinoa on side

Ranchero Chicken – makes 2 meals worth, freezer friendly once cooked and cooled

  • 2  lb. chicken breasts
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 tortillas for 1 meal and rice/quinoa on side for other meal
  • Side dish, can black beans
  • Avocado, on side or mixed in

Note: to freeze, let the cooked chicken cool and then add to freezer baggie. Freeze, then thaw and use at a later time.

Potato & Egg Breakfast Tacos

  • 8 eggs
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Avocado, on side or mixed in

Slow Cooker Beef Stew – add all ingredients except rolls to large plastic bag and freeze

  • 1 lb. beef stew
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except the dinner rolls and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker. Add enough water to cover, then slow cook.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Potatoes - add all ingredients except rolls to large plastic bag and freeze

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except the dinner rolls and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker.

Meatballs & Spaghetti – meatballs are freezer friendly

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Egg
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package the meatballs for freezer, see these details.

Beef & Broccoli Stirfry 

  • 1 lb. stew beef
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli
  • Baby carrots on side, or cut up and mixed in with the stirfry
  • Quinoa or rice on side
  • Mangoes on side

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except rice/quinoa and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker.

Quinoa with Corn & Black Beans 

  • Quinoa (or rice)
  • Can corn
  • Can tomatoes (subbed for the diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • Can black beans
  • optional – diced pepper
  • Optional – garlic, lime, cilantro

Make it simple…get all the printables for $1.49!

While we have all the content free above, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you with this printable. This updated printable has the complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices), as well as complete recipes with ingredients broken down to make it easy for you. All in one place y’all! This is worth gold when it comes to saving time in preparing to shop and cook your meals.

Well, maybe not gold…but way more than $1.49!!!


Printable Recipes & Ingredient 20 Meals from Costco for $150

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{ 403 comments… read them below or add one }

Brooke June 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

Thank you SO MUCH for this!!

Question for you: do you use iBotta and Favado?

Thank you!

Brooke Nagy


Jenn K June 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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Natalie Rivera June 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Do you have anything like this with less meat and chicken or just no chicken in the recipes/grocery list for costco? I am actually VEGAN. I have 4 kids ( minus 7 month old ) so 3 kids and 2 adults (me and husband) and we all dont like the same things. My son who is 4 will not eat meals anymore. He wont touch green beans, any kind of rice other then White basmati, jasmine or normal rice. He will only eat pasta with nothing on it or red sauce, ketchup, white sauce. No veggies in it. The only way he eats vegetables are raw cut up dipped or just raw. He will eat pizzas of any kind. he likes chicken and meat but we dont buy chicken often as i dont eat it and its expensive. Husband now only buys 1 big tray of ground beef for tacos on days hes home from work. He wille at vegan or vegetarian for lunch at work. Im having a hard time making a 14 meal plan for $180. I keep grabbing a bunch of recipes with similar ingredients but its never enough. We like eating more then 2 plates at a time. we are not over weight by any means. the foods we eat a lot are Vegan. most of us dont like meats anyway. My son eats a ton of white bread in 2 days for sandwhich. oatmeal is gone in a few days.


Robin July 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

When you say meals are for a family of four, does that mean the recipe makes four servings or that it feeds four people until no longer hungry? Also, are these intended to be complete meals or only the entrees?



Robin July 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Oops! My second question was answered by reading the plan.

I bought the plan, and am heading to Costco tomorrow. I’ll be feeding six people (including 2 teens) on this plan. The way my family eats, I’m expecting to need to multiply each recipe times 1.5 and add an additional side for each meal, but it would be good to get my first question answered since I’ve never cooked with your recipes before and am not sure if they “run large, ” “run small,” or “fit as expected.”


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