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. 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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It’s Finally Here ~ 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals E-Cookbook

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 16, 2014

31 Days of Gluten Free Meals E-Cookbook - Only $1.99
So many people think that being on a gluten free diet means you have to spend more money at the grocery store. And they’re right, but they’re wrong. They’re right in that it can cost more at checkout. But they’re wrong, in that it doesn’t have to cost more.

So how do I do it?

More importantly, how can YOU do it?

  • How can you not spend an arm and a leg on groceries when you’re on a gluten free diet?
  • You want to eat gluten but don’t know where to start?
  • You heard that eating gluten has to be expensive and complicated?

It’s not that complicated and I’ll show you how to eat gluten free for the next 31 days with my ebook — all for less than half the price of a bag of gluten free flour. I’ll give you 39 recipes that are gluten-free and that I’ve managed to make for less than $5 per meal.

Total, for all the food. (For a family of 4.)

In this e-cookbook, you’ll get…

  • all of my wisdom on eating gluten-free on a budget
  • 39 drool-worthy recipes
  • tips and advice for eating gluten free on-the-go, as well as encouragement for dealing with ‘difficult’ family members or friends who don’t understand you’re diet restrictions
  • AND, I’m also going to toss in a few FREEBIES ~  a plan for a month’s worth of gluten-free meals, along with other free meal planning printables.

I want you to succeed on your “eating gluten free on a budget” journey, and I want you to discover how easy it is to save on groceries while eating gluten-free!!


This e-cookbook is exactly what it says….it’s 31 Meals, one for each day….plus some extras because there were too many good ones and I didn’t want the best to be left out. :) It truly is…HEALTHY, INEXPENSIVE Gluten-Free RECIPES THAT WON’T BUST YOUR GROCERY BUDGET! 


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Shredded Beef Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 23, 2014

Shredded Beef Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

This is not the first time that I’ve shared a recipe with the mango-avocado combination and it probably won’t be the last. There’s the Grilled Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa. There’s the salad version with goat cheese and vinaigrette (which I have for lunch several days a week!). And there’s the pasta version, with Orzo too.

It might because all 4 of the boys will eat mangos and avocados. And ask for more. Or it might be that I just love the combination of a sweet ripe mango with a tender ripe avocado. Toss in a little lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and get the taco party started y’all!

This is a basic beef roast in the slow cooker…then top with fresh fruits kind of deal, simple, simple, simple. That’s the name of my cooking game friends!

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Shredded Beef Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time - 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1+ pound beef roast, chuck roast or sirloin roast (whatever is on sale!)
  • 1 lime, squeezed or 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper, each
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 mango, seeded and diced
  • 2 small avocados, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, squeezed or 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortillas – flour or corn
  • Side dish ideas ~ corn on the cob, tex-mex style rice, refried beans (if you have 2 slow cookers!)


  • Place the beef roast in the slow cooker. Squeeze the lime juice over the top, then sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper on top as well. Carefully pour the water around the beef roast. (I like to add water so that the environment inside the slow cooker stays nice and moist…I think it makes for more tender beef!) Set on low and cook for 8 hours. Once cooked, shred it with 2 forks.
  • Before dinner, mix up the mangoes, avocados, lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Add the slow cooked beef into the tortillas and top with the mang0-avocado salsa.
  • Prepare side dishes.
  • Serve Shredded Beef Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa & preferred side dishes.


Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry | 5DollarDinners.com

More chicken curry meals in the slow cooker. This meal is actually a regular part of our family rotation. The list of meals that we have repeatedly is very short, given that we are always trying new recipes for the website. But this one has been on the list for a few years and will remain. Mainly because everyone at the table polishes their plate. It’s rare for that to happen in a family with 4 little people who have distinct preferences. Perhaps this will be your family’s new regular meal?! Give it a try!

Get the full recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry here.

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Enjoy and be sure to share all of our favorite Slow Cooker meals with your friends and family!


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