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!

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 $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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{ 429 comments… read them below or add one }

Jody October 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I am excited to try this out!

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Cindy October 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I understand you state this isn’t a complete list…some things are expected to be in your pantry. After printing all these off & heading to Costco though I found that the beef for the stir fry or the chicken thighs for the Ranchero Chicken. This changes the cost quite a bit as animal protein is generally one of your most expensive ingredients when it comes to preparing a meal. I think this is a great idea because we’ve all come home from Costco after spending hundreds of dollars and then say to ourselves “Now what can I actually make this all into?” but I think there could have been some more thought put into it before posting it. I do appreciate the effort though:).

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Kristen October 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Cindy,
She actually does include the meat for the Beef Stir-Fry and the Ranchero Chicken. The Beef Stir-Fry uses the beef stew meat from her list and the Rachero Chicken uses the chicken breasts from her list.

Kristen

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Diane Griffin November 9, 2013 at 1:26 am

I want to be included in the mailing list and info!!!
Thanks !

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Diane Wheless November 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I love this! I am excited to begin receiving email updates from you!

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Sarah November 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Great idea!

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Valerie November 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

What is the difference between a mango and a green pepper? I thought a mango is a fruit.

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Paul badu November 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

The disclaimer on this page says, “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!”

Yeah, it explains that the result of the American education system is that people who can’t do the math are good at making excuses. However, for most people on a tight budget, excuses are not very nutritious.

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Roxa November 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

Paul, cheap food is not very nutritious either. Sorry to point that out, especially when we’re talking about how to save money on meals. Sadly, our obsession with paying less for food has had unfortunate consequences on a macro scale, so we have to find ways to put that obsession to good use. This is exactly what Erin is doing. She has created an impressively detailed plan for buying bulk food at Costco and using it all without waste; if it was a simple task we would all do this ourselves. Sharing her work here on the Web is a generous act that is sure to help some folks.

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Allie November 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I feel your pain, Paul. I do not even have a Costco, and I have found some shortcuts that also make no sense. For example, a whole raw roasting chicken from the meat counter costs about $7, but a fully cooked Rotisserie chicken from the deli is only $4.99. And for chili, you can save $8 by starting with dry beans instead of canned beans.

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Lori November 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Most rotisserie chickens weigh in at around 2 pounds. You can usually get more chicken for your money by buying the raw ones, plus you don’t get all the high sodium and all the other garbage in it.

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JULIA November 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Many bargains on meat are not. Sometimes the fat content of ground meat which cooks away and you end up with less of actual meat; many package of chicken are fool of water, which adds to the pounds, and we pay for the water. In order to compare you need to be aware and compare apples to apples. Also some of the bargains are because there are close to expiration dates or previously frozen.
I appreciate the time and effort that went into forming and sharing this information.

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Kimm November 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

What I find is that NO MATTER what you do or how hard you work on something and even have the audacity to
then GIVE IT to people FREE, you will still find people who complain, insult and just plain try to humiliate you.

This article took a lot of time and effort and was to SHOW what COULD be done, IF someone really tried. If someone CANNOT manage to figure out how to tweak, alter or even substitute where they must, then
…To them, I say, “go find some dirt to eat- it is very cheap -practically free-if you dig it yourself, or you could just go and starve your self”

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Kara November 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I want to be on the mailing list and receive the e-mailed updates and lists

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Annette Scarcella November 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Hope to win!

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Terry T November 10, 2013 at 4:20 am

Sounds interesting. I will still pay attention to sale ads to help save money.

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Em November 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

I want to be added to the email list. This sounds amazing

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Patti McLean November 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

Great Idea…. LOVE stuff like this!!! Even if hubby wouldn’t like ALL the meals, this is a GREAT way to bring variety into my menu!! I love how you break down all the recipes lists too!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Judith N November 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

I want to be added to the email list. The meals sound really good – love it.

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Amie B November 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

Will have to give some of these a try (since I have lots of the above mentioned ingredients in my fridge/freezer/pantry already, lol)
Please include me on your mailing list, Thank you :)

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Joni F November 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

Love this! Please put me on your mailing list!

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MaryLou Rupp November 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

This is amazing. Thank you for sharing all your hard work. You mentioned you used coupons at Costco, I didn’t know the took coupons. I think it will be worth the trip.

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Laura November 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

She’s talking about Costco coupons. They don’t take other coupons.

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Judy J November 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Sounds great! Thanks for the help – I’m always needing help with what to fix for dinner!

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G'ma Becca November 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Love this list. It is such a great example of why buying enough for a month, and then shopping from your own pantry for the balance is so effective! Thanks for sharing!

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Eileen Fourroux November 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Please add me to your list for email updates. I have been looking for just this thing. Thanks

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Becca November 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for all the work to put this together – I have been wanting to try something like this but have been too overwhelmed to start! I love the way this breaks everything down! Thank you thank you thank you!

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Kelly November 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Disneyland and Costco and pretty much my happy places. I was so excited to try these recipes, I have them meal planned, and after looking at the recipes, I loved that they are all really healthy for the most part! I headed to Costco, started the adventure with a $1.50 Hot Dog and drink and was ready to roll, list in hand!

Then everything fell apart!

I couldn’t find things, prices were dollars off… Costco doesn’t sell beef for stew in 4lb increments. I asked the manager in the meat department, they aim for 6lbs when cutting beef for stew, and at 6 lbs that would have cost about $26 dollars, so where $14 was priced for 4 lbs, that was way off.
Broccoli- They don’t have frozen bags, they have stirfry veggies that are frozen, but not plain broccoli. So I had to get the raw broccoli in the 3 lb bag…

Seriously I don’t even want to write about the rest of the problems I faced. My experience was terrible. I literally came home, put my now screaming child (my trip took longer than planned because of the back and forth searching for things that didn’t exist) down for her nap, and crashed on the couch to a good DVR episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as my recovery. Tomorrow I will be going to Winco and buying 6 items off this list that I either couldn’t find, or didn’t want to spend an extra 3 dollar on knowing I can get it at Winco for just as cheap.

I’m sure this worked back in September, but the prices are totally different and this list needs some major updating!

Not getting this complete list I still spent 135.70.

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Angie November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Sorry you had a rough day! There are probably a few explanations for the troubles you had. One of the problems may be what you said about it not being made up this week. I’m also guessing: Prices are different at various Costco locations, the items they carry will vary from time to time, and not all Costco locations carry all items – especially when some of them are smaller than others. I like Winco for some things, Costco for others…I may just use this as a guide to getting started with meal planning. What a great resource even if just for the ideas!

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Talena November 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

This looks pretty cool!

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Jolene Johnson November 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

Sign me up..I love new dinner ideas and especially appreciate someone else doing all the work of putting it all together complete with a shopping list and receipies! THANKS!

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Jolene Johnson November 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

Sign me up..I love new dinner ideas and especially appreciate someone else doing all the work of putting it all together complete with a shopping list and receipe’s! THANKS!

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Jolene Johnson November 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

Sign me up! I love new dinner ideas and appreciate someone else putting it all together complete with a shopping list and receipe’s! THANKS!

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Heidi Shaw November 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Please add me to your mailing list. Of course prices are going to change by season, and location. I don’t even hope to find everything on your list for 150$ What I am grateful for is the starting point. Someone who took the time and then generously shared publicly what she discovered should be congratulated not chastised. I have almost finished raising 5 kids and am teaching myself again how to cook smaller amounts without waste and with creativity. Thanks for taking the time to share!

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Sharon Robert November 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

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Gabby November 13, 2013 at 3:40 am

Put me on your list, please. This is great!

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Ashley November 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this! I already buy my meat from Costco so this is great. Also I am having a baby in the next week so this will make meal planning so easy for me! I would love to be added to your email list! Again thank you for sharing!

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jes November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

this is fantastic .. looking forward to the emails

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Linda Throckmorton November 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

I made the ranchero chicken last night and it was fabulous. Thanks for sharing this information. Please include me in future emails!

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Deb November 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I would love free email updates, as well. Thanks for sharing this info!

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Susan November 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I love this idea, but I can tell that Costco’s prices are going to be higher than my local grocery store. I think I will take the ingredient/price list with me and do a price check at Winco Foods to see which will save me the most money. Thanks for the time and effort you put into this site!

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Michelle Valenti November 26, 2013 at 2:14 am

Excited to be on your updates list!

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carol carter December 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Always excited for new ideas!

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Cathy December 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you for the Costco meal plan.

Here in New York, Costco meat and poultry is much cheaper and better quality than grocery- and you don’t have to worry about if it’s really beef.

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kerrin December 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

this is awesome. I got all my ingredients today and am excited to try out the recipes. I was wondering if you made the meals in a certain order so the ingredients didn’t go off or if you just assembled the meals and froze the ones you could. Thanks again for putting this together!

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Oh man – this looks awesome, please add me to your mailing list

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Please add me to your email list! And thanks for your efforts! I am not gifted in this area so I appreciate what you do!

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Ryan January 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

I think this is a great idea….regardless if it’s a bit more expensive than what it states. How many times have you walked into Costco telling yourself you’re only going to spend a certain amount and walk out broke?! Haha…what a great idea!!

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