21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco for $162

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

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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. That explains that!
  • 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 as possible, and all are gluten free. As always, you are responsible for reading labels and ensuring that everything is Gluten Free.
  • I would expect you to have some ingredients needed for the different recipes in your pantry, like spices, balsamic vinegar, etc. In the recipe/ingredient list below, I’ve only included the ingredients from the Costco purchase list. In the printables, I include a more detailed breakdown of the ingredients you’ll need from your pantry, or the store.
  • 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

Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown

Please note that each recipe below has the ingredients listed as a single meal unless otherwise marked. 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.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 30 corn tortillas
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 4 cups frozen corn, 2 cups per meal

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 red peppers
  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 8 – 12 corn tortillas
  • Garnish, shredded cheese

Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies x2

  • 4 pork chops
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 2 cups frozen green beans

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry x2

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots

Shepherd’s Pie x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • about 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 6 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 6 lbs potatoes
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Beef Tamale Skillet Dinner x2

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli or green beans

Southwest Rice Pilaf x2

  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli or green beans

Ranch Chicken and Potato Casserole x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • about 6 lbs. potatoes
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

BBQ Chicken Street Tacos x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • about 1 1/3 cups BBQ sauce
  • about 1 – 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 16 – 24 corn tortillas
  • 4 cups frozen veggies, 2 cups per meal

Basil Balsamic Chicken with Rice & Veggies x2

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 2 cups frozen green beans or broccoli

Sloppy Joe Bowls

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 – 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 cups frozen green beans or broccoli

Pantry Staples Needed

  • Spices – cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, parsley, basil, dill, Italian seasoning, taco seasoning or ranch seasoning mix, cinnamon, ginger
  • butter
  • milk
  • olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard
  • 1 small onion or minced onion

Grocery Store Ingredients Needed

  • 2 cans of light coconut milk (best price is $1.49 each…I see that price on the “off brand” at my HEB and the store brand at Sprouts)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Optional – cilantro, red onions
  • Optional – bacon
  • Optional – sour cream
  • Spices and other baking staples

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…

While we have all the content free above, we thought we’d simplify the experience 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.

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!!! Haha!

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{ 17 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!


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


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!


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