21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco for $162

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 1, 2014

21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco | 5DollarDinners.com

Thank you all for your patience with me in getting this plan together! We ran into a few hiccups…then I was out of town for several weeks…then I discovered that I forgot an ingredient in the total, etc. But it’s here…it’s done…and it’s ready for you!!!

Notes & Disclaimers about this Gluten Free Plan

  • Yes, I realize this makes for $7.85 dinners…but they are gluten free…pennies more expensive, but still really cheap! Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better.
  • As always, you are responsible for reading labels and ensuring that everything is Gluten Free.
  • See all of the FAQs for the Costco Meal Plans here.

Finally, please check the Costco Store Deals list, complete with updated store coupons and any matching coupons or savings offers. This list is updated weekly and is available in the new Favado grocery savings app too!

21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco for $162

Important note about the BBQ Sauce pictured above…in my haste, I picked up the wrong brand…as the one pictured contains modified food starch which of course is gluten. In the notes below and prices and list, I’ve included the Stubb’s brand in the shopping list and price list, which doesn’t contain any gluten! Wanted to clarify!

Recipe List

In order to keep this plan simple and make the most of the different ingredient sizes (hello, 15 lbs. of potatoes & 100 tortillas!!!), I decided to do 10 meals times two plus one.

21 Total Meals y’all!!!!!

Repin These Recipes from the GF Costco Meal Plan

Ingredients & Price List

  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken breast – $20.51
  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken thighs – $21.46
  • Boneless pork chops, 8 count – $20.87
  • 5.88 lb. ground beef – $18.76
  • 15 lb. gold potatoes – $8.49
  • 6.5 lb. sweet potatoes – $5.99
  • 100 count corn tortillas – $3.19
  • 12 lb. organic brown rice -$14.79 (or 4 lb. red quinoa – $9.99)
  • 5 lb. organic baby carrots – $5.49
  • 6 pack red peppers – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen green beans – $6.79
  • 5 lb. organic frozen corn – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen mixed vegetables – $6.69
  • 4 lb. organic frozen broccoli – $6.29
  • 12 pack tomato sauce, 15 oz. cans – $7.59
  • 2 pack Stubb’s brand BBQ sauce, 36 oz. – $6.99
  • 8 pack chicken stock, quart size – $9.99
  • 2 lb. block Colby Jack cheese – $5.99

Total – $181.83

Anticipated Leftovers

  • 3 cans tomato sauce
  • 4 qt. chicken broth
  • Frozen mixed vegetables, 4 meals worth
  • Baby carrots, 2-3 meals worth
  • About 40 corn tortillas
  • LOTS of rice!!!!!

Estimated cost savings from the leftovers – $20

Total After Leftovers $162

Other GF Products sold at Costco

These products are not featured in this plan, just thought it would be helpful for those who don’t have memberships, or who haven’t seen these yet in Costco stores.

  • Udi’s gluten free loaf bread, 20 oz. – $6.79
  • Honeyville Gluten Free Almond Flour, 3 lbs – $18.99
  • Namaste gluten free baking mix, 5 lb. bag – price unknown, my store is out of stock at the moment!

We Make It Simple with Printables…

While we have all the content free above that you could piece together, we thought we’d simplify the process for you. 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. It also includes all the pantry staples and any additional grocery store items you might need to grab, if you don’t already have them.

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!!!

And don’t forget to visit the $5 Dinners store to see if there are any other plans you wish to get before you checkout!

Join the $5 Meal Plan Family & sign up for weekly meals plans at 5DollarMealPlan.com!

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie @MelanieMedia July 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Fantastic! Shared with a friend.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Many thanks Melanie!

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Linda July 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Erin, This is fabulous!!! Thanks!! But I want to reassure you that Modified Food Starch is gluten free in the U.S. unless it is made from wheat, in which case they would have to list Wheat as an allergen. After I read this post, I went back and re-researched it to make sure I wasn’t wrong. Please Google it and check it out for yourself. We have only maintained a GF household for about 15 months since my then 11 year old was diagnosed with Celiac. Every day is a new adventure in learning – but I wanted you to know this because it really isn’t one more limitation you need to worry about!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Just to be safe…I switched out the brand names Linda!



Lisa H July 12, 2014 at 1:05 am

I just did the same thing, Linda! I guess gluten-free cooks think alike. ; )

Erin–I will be linking to this post tomorrow, when I am also writing about gluten-free shopping at Costco! If you have questions or concerns about how I linked to your content, please contact me.

FYI: Sweet Baby Ray’s is a DELICIOUS gluten-free barbecue sauce that is sold at Costco and most grocery stores. It is all my father-in-law uses, and he can eat whatever he wants!


Karen August 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Unless it specifically says corn with modified food starch, you cannot trust it. I have had reactions when it says modified food starch, unless it says corn.


Paul July 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

In the US, modified food starch is corn based, unless specifically stated otherwise. Great list though, will be put to use.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Thanks Paul…we usually avoid it to be safe!



Shelley July 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

This is a great start but now it needs to be GMO free and Paleo and I have never figured that one out at costco or SAMs.


Lisa H July 12, 2014 at 1:06 am

Do a search for Costco Paleo on Pinterest. I just saw a pin for Paleo products sold there.


Graham July 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

Please please please do a Paleo Plan!


Adrienne @ Whole New Mom July 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hey Erin – great post! I did want to mention that sometimes modified food starch is from corn – so it depends. I am not a gluten free guru, but that I have checked on :).


Cynthia July 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Consider the possibility of using leftover rice for breakfast http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/hotricecereal.htm (although rice pudding is good too!)


Laura July 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I loved the other 2 Costco plans (only had to make slight adjustments to be G-Free). Even my picky kids ate everything! I was so excited to see this newest one!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


Molly July 10, 2014 at 5:53 am

Thank you so much for this! I can’t wait to try these recipes!


Lyndsay Withey July 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I was just wondering how easy it would be to make this for SAM’S club. We have a Sams but the costo is over an hour away. We have a Sams member ship but I can’t find a lot of GF there. I have been wondering about getting a costo membership


Tasha Roe September 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Hi Lyndsay! We used to live over an hour away from Costco and would go once a month. It was well worth the trip! It required some detailed meal planning beforehand though. SAMs club is geared towards businesses while Costco is geared towards consumers in the home setting.


Linda July 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

This would be awesome except that my daughter who has Celiac is also a vegetarian! Can you come up with meatless meals???


Kimberly July 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Is the 6 pack of boneless skinless chicken breast, the organic 3 pack? I seem short on the chicken breasts. Or is it 6 lbs of chicken breasts? I am so excited about this! Maybe I can get that grocery budget under control!


christina baker August 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I would like to receive emails.


Sarah August 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Is there a grocery list in addition to the costco list somewhere? (other that the printables that cost money)


Krysty August 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm


i purchased all the ingredients to do all this and was starting to prep them in ziploc bags to freeze when i was stumped with what is “ranchero chicken mixture”? It is in the chicken enchilada casserole recipe. It isn’t in the list of grocery items and am just wondering. please please please get back to me as I want to get this all done today to have for the month


Kari August 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

I am not the blog owner but I found the answer for you in the recipe section. If you click on the recipe, follow it down to the directions, you will see it says the ranchero chicken mixture and then the word “below”, keep scrolling a bit and just under those ingredients it says, “Ranchero Chicken (if making the slow cooker chicken tortilla soup, you will need to make as suggested above)”. Then it gives you ingredients for that portion of the meal. The first step in the directions then tells you how to make it. Hope that helped.


Renee September 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Thanks for the info Kari!! I too was having the same problem as Krysty. When you purchase the printable package the recipe on there does not have any additional information or directions for “Ranchero Chicken”.


Janna August 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

This sounds great! I am going to try your slow cooker freezer meals first, but I was wondering: in this pack, how many of the meals can be frozen? It is just the two of us, so we will need to freeze some of the meals to space them out.



Crystal August 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I was wondering the same thing. Will $5 Dinners be making videos for this plan for preparation and freezing like the one that was made for the 20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals? :) Thanks!


Kari August 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

Quick question as I am new to your site, are these meals for a family of 4? Trying to figure out if I need to tweak for our family.


Jenn K August 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Kari – yes, all of the meals are designed for a family of 4. Feel free to adjust to meet the needs of your own family. :)


tiffany August 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Are these are freezer safe recipes? If you buy the plan does it give you more instructions?


kort adelman August 17, 2014 at 2:40 am

Hi. I paid but when I went to download it says cannot open file. Please email it to me at kortneybarnett@gmail.com


Emily August 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I bought the Udi’s GF bread today! Good to note that it is twice the size and even the slices are bigger than a regular Udi’s loaf found at a general store. Fantastic deal!


Melissa August 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

Leftover rice is a breeze to freeze for future recipes. We’ll cook 4-5 cups in our rice steamer (resulting in 8-10 cooked) and freeze it in 2 cup packets. Perfect to add to a quick dinner or use plain as a side. Place a damp paper towel over a glass container and microwave it for 1-2 mins. Perfect!


carriejoy August 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Looks great! If you haven’t already (I’m new here) consider a list that is mobile phone friendly in addition to printable.


claire August 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

Paleo plan pretty pleeeeeeeeasssse!


Hannah August 25, 2014 at 12:07 am

This looks great! I’m going to Costco tomorrow and can’t wait to try these recipes. I don’t see bacon on the list though, for the potato casserole? I found a great quality bacon at costco last time I went that I will be trying, thanks so much!


Casey August 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

So we can’t freeze these meals at all? We can just freeze the slow cooker meals? Am I reading these wrong?


Jenn K August 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Casey – some are perfectly fine freezing. This was a different kind of plan than the specific freezer plan we just published for Costco.


Casey Earnest August 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thank you Jenn, I will look through both plans again to see what will fit our schedule and help with mommy’s sanity. :-)


Jenny September 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Just a quick tip I learned with my family making this- the Shepherd’s pie makes a TON, we ate it for 2 meals and still had 1/3 of a pan left, and my family was about to mutiny “not again!”, so I put it in a pot, added 2 cans chicken broth, a can of tomato sauce, and some Italian seasoning, called it Italian soup, and nobody was the wiser. :) yummy!


Confused October 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Still only 10 meals plus one! By my count that’s 11!


Tom T November 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

$162 for 21 meals seems expensive to me. I spend $100 at Aldi and feed 3 people for week. I will try Costco, it looks like a good gluten free product source.


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