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

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AND…the 2nd version of 20 Meals from Costco for $150 is published!

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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?!?


  • 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.

This App Will Do WHAT?! To Your Grocery Bill

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

Make it simple…get all the printables for $1.49!

While we have all the content free above, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you with this printable. This updated 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 $1.49!!!


Printable Recipes & Ingredient 20 Meals from Costco for $150

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables

Also, the printables for the 2nd plan are available as well, so you can get both for less than $3! Just click the both buttons and they will both be added to your cart before you checkout.

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables

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{ 403 comments… read them below or add one }

Ana Alvarado January 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

I want to get your money saving tips!


Staci Hansen January 6, 2014 at 1:07 am

Great ideas


nora graves January 6, 2014 at 6:01 am

like the recipes


Liz Tran January 6, 2014 at 8:58 am



Don January 6, 2014 at 8:59 am

Looks like something to try


Lisa January 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

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 January 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

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 January 10, 2014 at 2:42 am

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.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Hey Lisa,

Sorry about that. We are updating the printables in the system and will be emailing out the correct copy to everyone who purchased. Thanks for your patience!



Heather January 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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


Jen January 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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.


Laura Ross January 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

These dinners cost more than$5, if the title on you page its correct. Still a great savings though.


Sarah January 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

She does in fact address that in the blog….


Marylou Langlois January 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

sign me up!


Jessica January 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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!


Bill January 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

Leave the avocados out until just barely ripe. Then put in the fridge. They will hold for a week or longer.


Carol McCann January 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

how do you cook the first recipe Grilled Chicken with Mango & Avocado Salsa


Melissa January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

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!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hey Melissa,

Yes…the next one will be published next week. They take a few weeks to put together, so we will plan to do them at least quarterly…or more often since they’ve been so well received!



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Yes Melissa, we had no idea how popular this would be…we are adding the next plan on Monday! They take several weeks (start to finish) to put together, so I hope to get one or two out each quarter this year!


Bren Presnell January 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm



Kana Lee January 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Thank You.


Dee Rank January 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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 January 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

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.


Kristy Peck January 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

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.)


Janell January 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

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.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hey Janell,

Sorry about that. We are updating it in the system and will be emailing out the correct copy to everyone who purchased. Thanks for your patience!



angel mccaw January 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

please add me


Gale deleeuw January 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Thank you for helping plan meals I still think that is the toughest part about homemaking.


Kami January 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

I wonder what this would equate to in a Costco in Canada?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I’m not entirely sure how the prices at Costco in Canada compare Kami?!? Even still, these recipes are frugal and easy to make!


Theresa January 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

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.


Cheryl January 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Looking forward to the email updates


S January 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Sorry about that. We are updating it in the system and will be emailing out the correct copy to everyone who purchased. Thanks for your patience!



Lindsay January 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Congrats to you!!!


Jenny January 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Hi Lindsay,
That’s fantastic! I would love to hear what your meal plans are for the 43 days! Inspired for sure :) – Jenny


Kristina burger January 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I’d love to receive your newsletter.


anon January 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Went to Costo, bought the list… sorry, it is more than $150.


Cyndie January 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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?


Jenn K January 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Cyndie – the link works for me. It’s this one: http://www.5dollardinners.com/aleas-easy-broccoli-beef/


Shaela Knighton January 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Looking forward to it


Michelle January 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

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 January 11, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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. :)


Cyndie January 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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”


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hey Cyndie,

Sorry about that. We are updating it in the system and will be emailing out the correct copy to everyone who purchased. Thanks for your patience!



Sara January 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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 January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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!!


Sara January 14, 2014 at 3:07 am

Thanks so much!! That will help me a ton!


Suzanne M January 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

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 :)


ManyMountains January 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

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.


Debra Bucklen January 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

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


Joy May 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I had the same question, haven’t received an answer?


Raven January 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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 :)


Jennifer January 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

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.


Jenn K January 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm

I did not know you could do that! Thanks, Jennifer!


Kristen Wenzel January 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

sounds good


diana January 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

looks good


AnheuserBuschCU January 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for sharing! Cooking on a budget can be quite difficult when you’re striving to beat the monotony! This should help switch things up.


Launi January 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

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!


lenore January 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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


Katie January 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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”.


Katie January 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm

(BTW, I didn’t buy the pasta at Costco because I buy it at Trader Joes I <3 their high fiber pasta)


staci January 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

Love the costco menu


Shanna Herndon February 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

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.


Juliet February 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Please sign me up for your free email updates, Thanks!!


gina February 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

I used your shopping list and went to Costco yesterday. Here’s to 20 meals without me having to plan it out!! Thank you soooooo much!!


Rochelle February 23, 2014 at 11:04 am

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?


michele moyes February 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I bought both Costco sets of the 20 meals – did not get a email to download it can you send me the email again – thanks Michele


Tonya March 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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!


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Laurie June 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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


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