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

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!

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.
  • 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

  • Grilled Chicken with Mango & Avocado Salsa
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
  • 2 Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • 2 Beef & Bean Soft Tacos (or these Beef & Bean Oven Tacos, if you have hard shell tacos on hand!)
  • 2 Ranchero Chicken
  • 2 Potato & Egg Breakfast Tacos
  • 2 Slow Cooker Beef Stew – freezer pack
  • 2 Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Potatoes – freezer pack
  • 2 batches Herbed Meatballs – for freezer
  • 2 Beef Stirfry with Broccoli – freezer pack
  • 2 Quinoa with corn & black beans

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 $2.49!!!

Please don’t forget to check out the other 4 plans and their various features in our new $5 Dinners Store.

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Disclaimer: I have no formal relationship with Costco and am not paid by them to share these plans. I created these plans to help myself (and you!) spend less money at Costco, while using up all the bulk ingredients without them going to waste. Hope they help your family as much as they help our family!


  1. Vanessa says

    I love the idea, especially with three very active boys 5, 9, & 11. My only concern is some of the portioning. For the Grilled Chicken and Salsa, there are only 2 chicken breasts. Both my husband and I each eat one chicken breast. How does that feed four? Thanks for some really great, time saving ideas. We are heavy couponers but with needing a new roof and a van hitting 200k miles, we need to squeeze every last penny out of our budget.

    • Vanessa says

      Should have looked at the recipe before I stuck my foot in my mouth… I now see that you portion your protein correctly, like we all should be doing. (Working on that!) We’ll be trying many of these recipes out soon. Thanks!

  2. Anna-Marie says

    Thank you for doing this. My sister and I just finished doing about 90 slow cooker meals for the freezer on Saturday. These are different from what we have and I just might add these to my portion of meals. Thank you for the time spent in doing this.

  3. Lanie says

    I am only finding 12 meals (including one that recipe that makes two meals) on the recipe/ingredient printable. Am I missing the other 8 meals somewhere?


  4. Sarah in Alaska says

    Awesome recipes and ideas.

    Costco has quinoa? Where does your Costco keep it? I’ve not seen it at my Costco, but that might be because mine is one of the smallest Costcos and they don’t offer everything. I’d love to find it here.

    • Sandi says

      My Costco is a small one as well, and we usually have it with the rices. Sometimes they move it to a display area, but look with the rice first. If you don’t find it, definitely ask them.

    • janelle says

      It comes in a green bag with a resealable top at Costco, thought you could use this info to know what the package looks like.

  5. Bridgett Zaidi says

    This is amazing!!! I have a family of 6 but my youngest 2 are 15 month twins and my 4 yr old is vegan due to allergies. I definitely think I can get these recipes to feed my entire family!!

    Any problems freezing potatoes? I’ve heard they can turn brown so I’ve never tried it. I desperately need some freezer meals stashed away with my babies now being walkers. Hard to stand over a pot with 2 toddlers at your feet getting into every cabinet.

  6. Bri says

    Thank you! Life is completely crazy but I think in a couple weeks I’ll try this out. It sounds perfect to get this in the freezer so that the Thanksgiving to December holidays stretch is slightly less crazy.

  7. Jessica Nelson says

    I’m so excited for this. I’ve been trying so hard to spend less on groceries and it’s hard unless you want to have spaghetti every night :) This will help so much and I can’t believe you priced everything out, have a grocery list, AND the recipes for us to use. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  8. Lauren Ard says

    I would love to work with you on doing a vegetarian version of this idea. We are trying to reduce our consumption of meat due to nutritionfacts.org. Plus, less meat means more room for veggies! Email me and we can combine our best/cheapest vegetarian recipes with Costco prices.

  9. Alicia Miller says

    This is awesome! I’m always looking for ideas when meal planning. I like to cook for a month and prep/freeze whatever I can. These will certainly give me some ideas! Thank you!

  10. Cara says

    I’m going to try this for ideas but I am thinking it won’t work 100% for me (at least for costs) as I am Canadian and some of our food costs are higher (dairy is more expensive year-round, and out-of-season produce is often crazy). I would be interested in substitution suggestions if possible.

  11. says

    Oooh! Great idea! Just wondering how does freezing all this food work? Is it before its cooked with just the ingredients or after? I never know what veggies are good for freezing. Sometimes they look dead! :-(

    • Alisa says

      I have not tried it but I thought fresh peaches might be a good substitute if I could not get mango. Peach salsa is good and I think it might work well here. If you try it, please let us know how it works!

    • Alisa says

      Glad to not be in the 10%! I bought the items on the shopping list and am about to make meal #5 from the recipe list. So far both my family and I have been very pleased and plan to continue to try the other recipes.

    • Lori_B says

      I bought all of this stuff and just this morning was able to put most of these together and in my freezer ready to go. If you take the time to shop and spend the money you would be a fool not to make the meals.

  12. Liz says

    I love this! Question though. And maybe I haven’t read into this very well, but are these freezer meals? How do you keep all that produce that fresh for so many meals? Let me know! I’m dying to do this!!

    • Brenda A. says

      I was wondering the same thing. How do you keep produce fresh for that long without freezing it? Also, prices here are much higher than this list. For example, eggs are 3.49 at my costco, and the packets of chicken are $28-29.

      • Scout says

        Actually, if you look at the list, much of the produce is canned or frozen. The only things that are purchased fresh (if you follow the whole list) are baby carrots, potatoes, avocados, and mangos. Carrots will freeze fine as long as you intend to cook them afterwards, such as in the Beef Stew or Beef Stir Fry, and I’m planning on using them in my kids lunches all week! Potatoes can freeze fine, as long as you cook them at least partially first (so don’t just throw raw chunks of potato in a bag for the Beef Stew and Italian Chicken and Potatoes. Avocados don’t last long enough in our house to go bad *grins*. And mangos will actually last a week or more, depending on how ripe they are, but can be used in smoothies, in cereal, and lots of different ways.

      • Alisa says

        Our chicken prices were that high as well so I bought a big package of Kirkland frozen chicken breasts instead which cost much less. Even though some of our prices were higher than hers, it still works out better for us than the local grocery stores.

  13. Wendy says

    I am not seeing in your ingredient list (either to buy or on hand) the beef for the Beef Stirfry. Am I missing it somewhere?

  14. Kelly says

    RE: Costco having better quality meat.
    My friend worked at a testing facility and said that Costco has some of the highest standards for their meat quality!

    • Scout says

      The first list of the recipes links to the actual recipes, the list further down in the post is just a breakdown of what each recipe will use from your Costco purchase.

  15. Scout says

    Thanks for posting this. We just got a Costco near our house a few months ago, and it is so easy to go overboard there! This is a great jumping off point, and I am on my way to Costco this morning with a modified version of the shopping list in hand! :)

  16. Lou says

    Oops! Trying to type in the dark. The grilled chicken would probably need the marinade to taste good–another thing to add to the list of food to purchase.

  17. KellyinPA says

    This is such a wonderful idea! Just did my Costco shopping yesterday and plan to put the freezer meal together today. If I can get 20 meals out of this with little to no waste, I will be so happy! Hope you plan on making this a monthly thing, Erin! Thanks so much, I know this must have been a lot of work for you but I sure do appreciate it! Bless you!

  18. Heather says

    Thank you for this! We LOVE Costco! I buy the large bags of the boneless skinless chicken breast and thighs. My 4 yr old daughter is obsessed with chicken. My kids are pretty picky eaters, but I think I can make some of these their favorites. A tip for everyone though, my other favorite store is WinCo, and I but a lot of stuff in bulk. The long grain rice is $1.73 a pound, and the quinoa is less. We also like to substitute couscous for the rice sometimes. I even buy spices, spaghetti noodles, and popcorn in the bulk section. I am definitely going to try this when I go to Costco this weekend. Thanks again!

  19. Colby says

    This is wonderful! I have teenagers so it is more like 10 meals for $150 but, as those who have teenagers well know, $150 for 10 meals is a miracle! They have enjoyed every recipe too. Each time my husband is like “this is really good, is this included in the $5 dinner thing?” (I think he thought we’d be eating beans and rice every day). And I’m like, yep! It’s great to be able to use Costco in the efficient way I always knew it could be used but never quite managed myself to make it happen.

    Also, I substituted rice for quinoa since my family freaks out over new grains (boo), but with the monster bag of Costco rice already on hand, it worked out great. Thanks for making this list, and I’d love to see more “Costco lists” in the future!

  20. Brandi M. says

    Hi there! I just got back from Costco and I’m wondering if there is an order in which to make these meals. Maybe use the avocados and mangos go bad? Just wondering if you had any thoughts.

    Thank you! I’m so excited to try this!


  21. says

    We went shopping Saturday and intend on doing this the next few weeks. Last month, we tried some freezer-cooking, but were not all impressed with most of the recipes (they were just mostly bland). We opted out of mangoes & avocados because they just don’t go well in our family (we’ll sub regular salsa instead) and couldn’t find the 4-lb. bag of quinoa at our Costco, but we’ll just sub brown rice for that! Thanks for the list and recipes!

  22. Whitney says

    Thanks for this amazing list of recipes! I went shopping today at a military commissary and just tallied up my ingredients price list. I bought peppers and my total came to $138.24. There were only two items that Costco was a better deal on and that was the chicken breasts and the canned tomatoes. (Though I did have a $1.00 off coupon for the tomatoes (a box of 8) which made them cheaper technically.)

    So military folks – you’re looking at $138 VS $156 off-base.

    The difference in pasta and salsa prices had my jaw drop! I couldn’t believe how cheap they were at our commissary.

    Anyways, thanks again for this list. It’s amazing and couldn’t have come at a better time.

  23. Whitney says

    Thanks for this amazing list of recipes! I went shopping today at a military commissary and just tallied up my ingredients price list. I bought peppers and my total came to $138.24. There were only two items that Costco was a better deal on and that was the chicken breasts and the canned tomatoes. (Though I did have a $1.00 off coupon for the tomatoes (a box of 8) which made them cheaper technically.)

    So military folks – you’re looking at $138 commissary VS $156 off-base.

    The difference in pasta and salsa prices had my jaw drop! I couldn’t believe how cheap they were at our commissary.

    Anyways, thanks again for this list. It’s amazing and couldn’t have come at a better time.

  24. Alisa says

    Thank you for this!!! With the government shutdown our military commissary is closed so I just did a big Costco run since it is cheaper than the very expensive grocery stores here in Hawaii. Being that we are in Hawaii some of the prices at Costco were more than what you listed but again still cheaper than other places. I noticed the biggest differences in prices on the fruit/veggies and the meat. Thank you again, cannot wait to try some of these recipes!

  25. brian says

    Spend a bit more and don’t get gross processed food.

    Notice this is not a list of “healthy meals for $150″, just meals.

    Who wants to eat that much Prego sauce. It’s nasty.

  26. Lewann says

    Hi! I love this idea! I try to plan meals and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
    I love costco! The best place to buy milk eggs and meat! Produce is good but sometimes I find the quantity too large and it all ripen at once and not get eaten fast enough and goes bad then it is wasteful.
    Also one trick I have found to work great is I get the 10lbs of frozen chicken breast for $19 ( not sure if that is what you buy also) the breasts are very large and if I butterfly them after they have been defrosted ( basically cut it like you would a bagel) I can get twice as much meals from that one bag! No one notices the smaller portion since it looks like a whole breast just a thinner one.
    The other thing is the regular carrots at Costco are the most delicious carrots I have ever had! Better than baby carrots even! I think they come in a five or ten lbs bag. If you peel them, slice them and steam them they are so sweet! I don’t add butter or anything! They are so good!
    Just thought I would share with everyone! Enjoy!

  27. Julie says

    Thanks so much for doing this for us. We did this this month and I have been able to get a whole month and a half of meals out of this! We love the recipes also and are loving how much food we have gotten for that amount of money. I have to say I am telling everyone I know about it. The #1 Question everyone I tell this to is, Is she going to make more recipes and more lists? I think that would be a fantastic Idea and very helpful even if it were just 2 or three then people could switch the lists every month and get a good variety of food.
    But again Thanks so much for doing this it has been a huge blessing to our family and friends, I also think its been enjoyable to save money and have new food in the house! :)

  28. says

    HI, thanks for the idea. A small group of us are going to give this a try, see if we cant get the cost down and enjoy your delicious recipes and ideas. Will keep you updated on our progress. thinking of doing this within 2 weeks. Photos to come. Thanks again :)


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