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.

You might also like our join the $5 Meal Plan family and get weekly meal plans delivered to your inbox each week!

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. A.Adkins says

    This has some great ideas. I think I would have to spend more on the meat. I personally think there is too much carb and not enough meat in these. :) great ideas though!

  2. John says

    If you drop the pasta, breads/rolls, tortillas and the potatoes, you can save another $24.26. You’ll also be eliminating most of the genetically modified crap thats contained in them (except the spuds)….

  3. says

    Former Costco employee here. Just thought I’d mention that the reason beef sometimes seems more expensive at Costco is because they ONLY carry Choice and Prime grade meat. Many grocery stores carry Select grade which is, according to the meat manager at my old store, a step above what’s used in dog food. That’s why the beef at other stores seems cheaper.

  4. Sheree says

    Why can’t people just read a post and post a simple thank you for all the hard work someone puts into creating it? Why do they feel the need to post negative crap? If you don’t feel like there is enough veggies…add more. If you don’t like processed food…don’t make it. But for goodness sakes, say something positive or don’t say anything at all! (That should have been the first lesson your parents taught you). Thank you :)

  5. Alyson says

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. These recipes look like my kids will actually eat them! I’m going to try it!

  6. A Wilson says

    This is WONDERFUL… Thank you so much for sharing… Please add me to any weekly emails/updates that you send.

    Thanks again for the great info. :)

  7. LaFaye Sutkin says

    Thanks so much for posting this. There are many great ideas here, and it must have taken a long time to put all this together for us.
    Happy New Year!

  8. Jessica says

    What a wonderful job! How loving to take the time to put this out there for people who could use the help! Keep up the hard work, it does not go unnoticed!

    I’d like to be added to your email list too!

  9. says

    Thank you!!! We recently moved near a Costco and we have been hesitant to buy a membership because we know it doesn’t always save money. If we buy the membership we want to be very intentional and use it wisely. (It can be easy to get carried away with the nonessentials.) I’ve searched the web multiple times, asked friends, family, etc. how to save at Costco and never received a clear answer. So, thank you!!! I love how detailed and tangible this is. I will be reviewing this with my husband soon.

    • amy says

      what you coulddo is get the american express card with costco membership. the money you earn back will pay for your membership andthen some. but obviously don’t go in debt with having a credit card. what i do is make a costco trip get all i need, swipe my card, then, pay my americanexpress card bill online the next day. hope that helps.

  10. Cristen says

    Would love a non-gmo, paleo friendly version. This is such a great concept but doesn’t work well for my family.

    • Candace says

      I agree! I’m about to get a membership because my husband says I spend way too much at the store, and I would love to see a paleo or real food meal plan for Costco. This obviously required some thought and planning on the author’s part, but this is sadly nothing like our diet (and I’m allergic to mangoes! ) :(

  11. Megan says

    hi! I live in Alberta Canada and I am an AVID Costco shopper! HOWEVER, I ALWAYS go in without a plan and always end up $200-400 poorer when I leave! And I for sure do not have 20 meals worth of groceries! In the next couple weeks I am going to try your Costco challenge with your recipes/shopping list and see how much it would cost for a CANADIAN to do it! Thanks for doing all the work for me 😉 All I have to do is take your list and compare receipts at the end! Wish me luck!!

    • Britt says

      Great, Megan!

      I’m also in Alberta. I realized after reading the price list that this is all American pricing. I do the exact same thing as you do, thus I have not renewed my Costco membership in a few years. I piggy-back off of my sister & give her cash when I go since she uses it often (has 2 teenagers & I only have hubby, me & 1 3-year-old).

      I definitely want to try this because with baby #2 due in a few weeks and going on maternity leave it would be great to limit our grocery costs! I’m not very good at budgeting.

      Thanks for the blog, Erin! :p

      • Megan says

        I shopped at the Okotoks Costco this evening and all the items on the shopping list came to $174 Canadian with tax! I did not purchase the dinner rolls though as I make all our bread :) MUCH Cheaper :) Happy Shopping Brit!

  12. Shirley Green says

    I really am excieted about your spice n soup mixes ..looking forward to your cookbook ..I’m 72 yr young and learning new tricks … thank you …Blessings on you and your family :)

  13. Keri Camba says

    I just picked up all my groceries at Costco .. Ready to
    Save money and be organized . Can u please add
    Me to your email list .

  14. Viki Tree says

    I love the freezer ones. It’s always nice to have something quick and ready to go, on a night that is really busy.

  15. Cookie Montgomery says

    it’s just me at home now, but I am still interested in using a lot of this to save time when I don’t feel like cooking and can just go to the freezer for a good dinner. I love Costco!

  16. Isabella says

    Thanks for the post. People should take your info and modify it to meet their own needs. It’s a creative suggested guide, not some government directed mandate. :) Personally, I don’t like canned foods but they ARE convenient, so I’d just add my own twist on the fresh veggies where and when I could. But I love the work you’ve put into this. Thanks so much! :)

  17. A Man Who Only Microwaves Food says

    This looks great. I am genuinely going to try this for my kids and myself.
    As a single dad, this is wildly helpful. Thank you!!

  18. Dorothy Smith says

    Great Idea for every working Mother.And great for seniors as myself and you can plan ahead and not cook everyday.Thank you!

  19. Jean says

    I came across your post via a friend’s facebook page.
    AMAZING! What a great list. Thank you for spending so much time putting it together Erin! I’m always on the hunt for new thrifty recipies and I have hit the jackpot!
    I have saved and already shared this!

  20. Ashley says

    I have done my shopping and spent $220 in my town which is overpriced so I knew I would but I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a little more detailed recipes of these items? This is a great idea, and a great start for me while I am learning the ins and outs of meal planning. Thank you!


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