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

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

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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.
  • 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

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sharon otsuki January 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

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Margaret J January 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm

This is a great idea! I signed up for your daily emails because a friend shared it on Facebook. We shop at Sam’s Club instead of Costco, but the prices and products are often very similar. Do you think you might make a vegetarian version, too? We are eating a lot fewer meat-based meals, and a lot more vegetarian meals for health (and financial) reasons.

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Jackie Schugk January 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

Headed to costco asap!

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Will have to try this as a family of 7 I only shop at Costco for my meat to save money

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Rachelle Miller January 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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suzanne January 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

i love the recipes idea but i was wondering if you had any substitute meals for the ones with black beans. We dont eat beans ;( and avocados are not popular at all?
thx ;o)

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Teresa Guerrero January 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I can’t wait to try all these recipes !!!

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Amber D January 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Is this price list for US costco?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Yes…these prices are from my costco in San Antonio, TX.

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Nick January 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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Launi January 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I must have missed something….I counted only 11 meals in the print out. I could be just me missing something….

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camille January 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

She has you cooking several of the meals twice.

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Tammy January 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Please add me to email list. These all sound great and worth a try. Always looking to save money on the food bill. I get excited to feed the family for under $10 a meal and these meals just might give a change of pace for our menu.

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Tamara Martinez January 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

This is amazing… Thank you so much. I find it so hard to be creative with an infant these days.

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gail poulton January 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I think your prices are for US Costco… I am in Canada. Prices are similar except for meat, which for chicken s about double what even Hawaii pays… Crazy I know.. but to save money I buy chicken thighs.. a lot cheaper.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Yes Gail, These prices are from my costco in San Antonio!

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James January 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I would encourage you not to buy canned vegetables, e.g. corn. They have minimal nutritional value and frozen are just as good and around the same price. Chicken is $3.13 a lb, I buy Red bird organic for $2.99. Prego is blah. I stock up on Classico when it is $1.59 and I have coupons. 6# of spaghetti-my store always has some pasta on sale for .99, which is cheaper than Costco and often the whole grain variety…I don’t shop at Costco for food. You can get much better deals at the store.

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Cindy January 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Family of four here and our New Year’s resolution is to eat at home more! Can’t wait to try this. Thank you :)

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heather foidel January 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Please add me to your list as well! Cant wait to try!

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Peggy January 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Please add me to your list its sounds like great savings

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Jennefwr January 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Love this!

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Amy Colley January 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Love! Love! Love!

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Gloria January 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Great idea!!! please add me to your e-mail list

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Lila057 January 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I live in the northern Seattle area; I shopped at Costco on 11/20/13. These meals cost $184.20 and then tax was $15.84 = $200.04. I did purchase the peppers. Stew meat was in 5lb package, mangoes were almost double the price, tortillas were more, noodles were sold in 8lbs pkgs, pasta sauce was not on sale, parmesan was almost double, I bought frozen corn for less. In the end, I needed more pasta sauce and yes, you end up with a lot of left-over product aside from the meals, but we will eat it. I like a plan that someone has done for me, and I like knowing there are meals in my freezer ready-to-go. That is really priceless to me!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience and prices with us! Proof that prices really do vary by region! Much appreciated!

Erin

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Carissa January 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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