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. sharon otsuki says

    I will take all the help I can get with five kids under 8! I would love to get future updates and a chance to win your cookbook for even more great ideas!

  2. Margaret J says

    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.

  3. Julia says

    Please sign me up to your mailing list. As a family of 6 I need some budget friendly meal inspiration. Thanks!

  4. suzanne says

    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)

  5. Launi says

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

  6. Tammy says

    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.

  7. gail poulton says

    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.

  8. James says

    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.

  9. Cindy says

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

  10. Lila057 says

    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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