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

{We’ve also got a Sam’s Club 20 Meals for $150 as well!}

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?!?

Disclaimers

  • 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.
  • 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.

See all of the Costco Meal Plan FAQs here!

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.

Recipe List

Follow $5 Dinners {Erin Chase}’s board 20 Meals from Costco for $150 on Pinterest.

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!!!

Get the printables for this plan…

While we have all the content available to piece together from the site, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you with this printable. This 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!!!

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Printable Recipes & Ingredient 20 Meals from Costco for $150

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

Also, the printables for the 2nd plan are available as well, so you can get both for less than $3! Just click the both buttons and they will both be added to your cart before you checkout.

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

And the printables for the 3rd Gluten Free plan are available now too. Get them all by clicking each add to cart button!

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{ 414 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

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Jenn K June 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Brooke – Favado shows you where the best deals are in your local area at your favorite stores. Ibotta is a savings redemption program where you submit a scan of your receipt for different offers to earn cash back.

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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.

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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?

Thanks!

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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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Kimberly August 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Hi! I just bought all of the ingredients for this and wasn’t sure what you do to prepare the meals. Do you make them all and freeze?
Thanks!

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Julie August 16, 2014 at 1:25 am

I’d love for anyone who has used these recipes to post their results. Good recipes + good food quality = great food. Unfortunately, not all recipes are created equal. Any reviews out there?

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Nicholas August 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

This is awesome! Just to confirm, 20 meals for $150 is for a family of four? It is just my wife and I so this could stretch to 40 meals.

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Jennifer S August 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hi Erin,
I purchased the Costco Regular Plan #1 from the 20 meals from Costco for $150 slow cooker freezer pack edition. The reason I purchased the #1plan was because I litteraly need to be walked through this lol. So I was looking forward to the step by step video. … But when I went to download the plan, something went wrong and now I have nothing. More specifically I had 2 options for where I would like to download the plan to. I chose the wrong option and it wasn’t able to download… I couldn’t get back to try the other option and like I said, now I have nothing, today is my grocery shopping day PLEASE HELP
Jenn

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Angela August 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Oooh, this is fantastic. Wondering: any chance there’s a 3rd version coming with more vegetarian options? We have mostly vegetarians in our house and/or eat mostly vegetarian… but LOVE this concept – and have no skill in putting something together like this. Will pay anything (well – a lot!) if you did it! :)
Thanks!

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Susan VanHooser August 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I purchased the Costco meal planner recipe package one but am unable to download it. Can you help me?

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Sophie August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Thanks so much for this! I was a little bummed to see how different prices are more almost a year later and in a different region! Im going to keep my eye out and try to stock up on the staples at lower price and find the meat on sale to keep it under the $150 for the second time! Since I had so many of the ingredients on hand, this first go around it was under $100. Can wait to try it all out!

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Jennifer August 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

I love the idea of your concept, but have to tell you your site is WAY too confusing. Too much information splat everywhere, buttons to click to buy, links to other people’s sites and advertising, confusing numbers… “Costco Plan #4″ is part of “Printable Pack #1″ or something like that. I’d like to give this a try but as busy as I am, I need things to be clear, concise, and straightforward. I’m hesitant to “buy” anything, because, frankly, I’m not sure WHERE to start. Any help??

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Serena Kilseimer August 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

I ordered this $5 pack last month and have yet to receive anything…. whats going on? I have the order recite that says it was positively taken out of my account.

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Wren August 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I’m not sure how these are $5 (in this case $7ish) if it doesn’t include the sides. Maybe these should be called $5 entres.

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Kathy August 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I am considering buying – but I see NO answers/replies to these questions in DAYS!!!

Is anyone monitoring this site to reply to questions? I would need assistance to find out for -2- people as well.
Also, the concern of not being able to download the information is a big concern – I know it’s a small amount of money, but hubby and I watch every dollar that goes out – hence the need for low-cost and variety in our meals!
Please respond to the questions and advise if there is any concern to the above issues about downloading the Costco pack.
Best,
Kathy

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