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. Lisa says

    Love the idea, but feeling a little cheated on purchasing the recipes “all in one place.”
    “Complete Copy of Recipes and Ingredients all in one place, as shown above – for only 77¢!!!”
    These recipes are just ingredient lists with no directions. I still had to follow links all over the place to find recipes with directions as to how to prepare.

    • Julie says

      I just did that also and felt like an idiot for even paying .77 when it’s right there on the main page. Still looking for the recipes.

    • Kat says

      If you scroll up to the Recipe List, you can click the link to the recipes from the list. The directions are on other various sites.

      • Heather says

        I wish I had read this before I downloaded, printed & laminated it! I’ll be watching for your email with the updated recipes.

      • Jen says

        Great, I’ll look forward to seeing this! Hard to find what “recipe I’m actually following, since on several of them you made adaptations and the ingredient list from the printable doesn’t match the recipe link very well.

  2. Jessica says

    Do you have to cook some of these meals fast to be sure things don’t start going bad? I always have a hard time with avocados in particular. I don’t usually buy more than 1 or 2 at a time so buying a bag from Costco sounds like a lot for me! I love this plan though! I’m going to use it for our next Costco trip!

  3. Melissa says

    Hi! Is this something you do often? In other words…will you have another 20 meals plan after a while with new recipes??

    Thanks for your hard work on this!!

  4. Dee Rank says

    well, i bought your recipes and am very disappointed they are very vague and no directions on how to make the items it just gives ingredients ;(

    • Kristy Peck says

      I thought the same thing, then I clicked on the individual recipes and it took me to the links for the actual recipes. I then printed out and Pinned each one.

  5. Kristy Peck says

    So, I tried this plan this week, some things were spot on price wise, but the meat was way off. The price of the chicken breasts was double. We don’t like “stew meat” (it is just the discarded trimmings from other meat cuts) so we got the chuck roast, which was double the price. I know that just in the past couple of months the price per pound has gone up at least a dollar. We made some substitutions; like the whole grain loaves vs the white dinner rolls. That only cost $.50 more!! Also we bought the whole wheat spaghetti, that was $3.00 more. We already had the carrots, potatoes and parmesan cheese.
    All that being said, we spent $172.87, which only comes out to $8.64 a meal!!! This is well worth it to me, having the ingredients and plan for 20 meals!!
    (We live in Albuquerque, NM so that is probably why some of the prices differ.)

  6. Janell says

    Just purchased the ingredients list thinking it was the recipes too. I should have read the comments before purchasing. It would be nice to have the recipes ready to print instead of opening each one and printing individually. I read the top of the sheet and when it said “Please note that each recipe below…” I thought that each recipe would be below. Thanks for your great ideas, I will now print individually.

  7. says

    so excited for this. I have been working for a major utility for 28 years and now find myself on long term disability after having brain surgery in May. My income will be cut so am looking for ideas to get into a budget and cooking habit now. Thank you. I am so excited to do this.

  8. S says

    Don’t waste you time with the 77 cent printable recipes. They are nothing more than a recipe name and item list. I figured recipes would tell me what to do with the items. So now i have to decide if i want to hunt through the recipe archive for each recipe. Cool idea, but without directions it doesn’t really work.

  9. Lindsay says

    I just wanted to thank you! You inspired me to try shopping at costco for meals one last time (I always felt like I spent so much money and walked out with very little). But I really concentrated this time and boy did it pay off! I spent $133.23 and got roughly 43 days worth of food (that’s dinner, leftovers for lunches and breakfasts). That’s $3.09 a day for meals! I’m a believer now and I owe it to you for putting the thought there!

  10. Cyndie says

    Hi there – I just went shopping and started prepping the meals that I can freeze. The link to the Beef &Broccoli stirfry is incorrect and I cannot find the correct one anywhere. Help!

    Can you tell I’m excited to get started?

  11. Michelle says

    In comparing the recipes to the shopping list, I found that many items were missing. Things like minced garlic, lime, red kidney beans, minced onion, etc. When included in the shopping list it almost doubles in cost.

    • Jenn K says

      From the disclaimer section: “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.”

      Adding in the fridge/pantry or grocery store purchases does not amount to $150. I think the idea was that most of the “additional” ingredients are probably in most people’s kitchens anyway as this isn’t a list for someone with an empty kitchen. :)

  12. Cyndie says

    I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong, but I downloaded the igredient and recipe list and it only has the ingredient per recipe… no “how to”

  13. Sara says

    When you do this, do you do all your shopping
    and come home and prepare all the meals and freeze them?
    Wondering what is the quickest way of getting them
    all prepared!! Thanks!!

    • Jami F says

      When I did this, I bought my meat at another store because it saved me some money. So I went to the store and got all my meat and freezer bags, wrote on all my bags of what I needed so I didn’t have to re-open all the links. Then I went to Costco and got the rest. I ended up doing all of it one day. I was tired after (I have a one year old too) but now my freezer is packed and Im done!!

  14. Suzanne M says

    Hi there! I purchased the first plan on the 12th and didn’t receive the updated recipe email? Let me know if there is something I need to do. Thanks so much! I am really enjoying exploring this :)

  15. ManyMountains says

    1/3 of the cost of food was meat. Clearly it’s way cheaper to have a plant-based diet, as well as much much healthier.

  16. Debra Bucklen says

    Do you freeze the dinner rolls also? It would only take a day or two for them to go stale and then spotty.

  17. Raven says

    Just wanted to say thank you–this must have been a lot of hard work! I appreciate it and am gearing up for my trip to CostCo this afternoon :)

  18. Jennifer says

    Love this!! We have been doing a majority of our grocery shopping at Costco for about 6 months now! It does save us money in the long run. One note to make- we buy the ground beef in the roll, not the 6lb package that is in the case. You have to knock on the butchers window and ask for it. It is a 10lb roll of the same ground beef they have in the case (85/15). The price per pound for the meat in the case right now is $3.19/lb, buying it by the roll makes it $2.90/lb.

  19. Launi says

    Erin, could you possible send me the first Costco $150 plan you put up? I printed it but seem to have lost it in my pile of papers…or had help losing it :) Thank you!

  20. lenore says

    I saw that the missing recipes are being updated and that if purchased will get emailed corrections. Any estimate when this will happen? Need to reprint but will wait til correction comes thru

  21. Katie says

    I, too, don’t understand the negativity…. It’s not that hard to look at the foundation she gave us and modify it to fit our needs. For instance, I didn’t buy the dinner rolls – because I know we don’t really eat them, didn’t buy the pasta, etc. DID buy fresh broccoli instead of frozen. If you don’t like meat go to a vegetarian or vegan website, don’t like carbs go to a atkins or paleo website, or just say thank you and be a grown up and make your own changes.

    From my family and I – “Thank you”.

  22. Shanna Herndon says

    Right now there is a $4 instant coupon on the 6 lb packages of chicken at Costco! I only paid $14 for my chicken breasts. It was originally an $18 package.

  23. Rochelle says

    i bought both the printables but viewed them on m phone. Then when i went on my comp to print them, the page wanted me to purchase them again. How can i get new links to print them?

  24. says

    I paid for the download last week and love it! Whatever bugs previous posters mention have obviously been all worked out. I live in CA and our pricing is definitely different. Still, we followed our standard shopping protocol: Grocery Outlet first, followed by Costco and then Raley’s. Our total expenditure for the meal plan recipes was well under $150. Some things were higher (like the chicken breast) so we bought chicken tenderloins instead. We found the ground beef at the Grocery Outlet for $1 less per pound and so on.

    So far, we’ve eaten the beef broccoli stir fry, breakfast tacos and the ranchero chicken. We definitely doctored with the seasonings and ingredients (we get all produce from a local farm so lots of substitutions in the veggie dept.) to suit our family’s tastes but having a basic framework for reference has been an immense help.

    Thank you for all of your efforts…I am enjoying the benefits!

  25. Laurie says

    I am allergic to avocados. Do you have a good substitute to use without completely omitting the ingredient? Thank you!

    • Jenn K says

      Brooke – Favado shows you where the best deals are in your local area at your favorite stores. Ibotta is a savings redemption program where you submit a scan of your receipt for different offers to earn cash back.


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