20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Freezer Packs From Costco For $150. Each Meal Feeds 4 People And Costs Less Than One Family Member’s Meal Out!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 11, 2014

Have you ever wished you could make enough crockpot dinners to last for weeks, so you can just let it cook, while you enjoy your time with your family each night? Let me introduce you to the…


What better way to help you survive and thrive the busyness than with a 20 Meals from Costco for $150 plan that is made up of all “Gluten Free Slow Cooker Freezer Packs” where you can assemble EVERYTHING in less than 2 hours!!! I actually videoed the entire assembly process for you…

  • To prove that it takes less than 2 hours to prepare 20 meals. The videos are 1 hour and 50 minutes long…and there is several minutes of me mumbling. And maybe doing a happy dance at the end :)
  • So that you can follow along as you assemble your bags! I didn’t want you to feel alone in your slow cooker freezer pack assembly efforts…I’ll be right there with you in the kitchen!
  • Exclusive access to the assembly video instructions is available in package #1, details below.

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Before we move on to what’s in the meal plan, here is a link to the 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Plan’s FAQ & ‘Disclaimers’ page. If you’re new to these plans, you definitely want to check it out! I’m often asked about my slow cooker…I use the 6-quart E-lume from Crockpot! Here are the Wine Pairings for these meals! OH…and BTW…this plan is also GLUTEN FREE! :) Let’s get to it, shall we?!?

Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Costco Plan - 20 Meals for $150 in Less Than 2 Hours | 5DollarDinners.com

Recipe List

Each pack in this plan is DOUBLED. So these 10 meals make 20 packs total! Each pack serves a family of 4. Larger families or families with bottomless pits (also known as teenage boys!) can double or use 2 packs for 1 meal!

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Costco Ingredients & Price List


1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 lbs. (12 total breasts) – $20.99
1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 6 lbs. – $21.31
1 15 ct chicken apple sausage – $13.99
1 package stew beef, about 4 lbs. – $15.04
1 package pork chops, 8 count – $15.44


1 8 lb. bag white onions – $6.59
1 6 pack peppers, multi color – $6.49
1 5 lb. bag baby carrots – $5.49
1 8 lb. bags sweet potatoes – $5.99
1 15 lb. bag gold potatoes $7.99
1 5.5 lb. tray of apples – $7.59
1 24 oz. box of sliced mushrooms (optional) – $3.69

Freezer/Pantry Staples

1 5 lb. bag frozen corn – $5.99
1 12 pack of chicken broth, 16 oz. each – $9.99
8 pack diced tomatoes, 15 oz cans – $6.29
8 pack black beans, 15 oz cans – $6.79
2 pack BBQ sauce – $5.99

Total – $161.96


BBQ sauce, 1 + ½ bottle – $4 worth
4 cans black beans – $3.39 worth
Frozen corn – $3 worth
6 boxes of broth – $5 worth
about 4-5 lbs. potatoes – $2.67 worth
2 onions – $1.50 worth
= $19.56

Estimated Cost After Leftovers $142.40

(with a few dollars left to get the coconut milk & rosemary from the grocery store!) You will also need 20 Gallon Size Freezer baggies, or other plastic containers or baggies. Subscribe to our free weekly recipes email newsletter so you don’t miss any exciting new plans and recipes! UDPATE: A kind reader pointed out that there is a need for 9 diced tomato cans and that Costco sells an 8-pack. My sincerest apologies in that discrepancy! I videoed &  assembled all of the bags with the intention of ensuring that this wouldn’t happen and somehow between my paper list and the computer list, 1 can was lost in translation! We have updated the printables. If you don’t have another on one hand, you could use half a can into each bag for one of the other recipes that calls for the tomatoes. Thanks for being gracious about this extra can of tomatoes!

Meals that slow down your busy life

Make it simple…with 1 of these 2 packages!

Let us make the experience of preparing these meals simpler and easier. There are 2 packages to choose from…

Package #1

One of the most challenging parts to pulling together a large number of meals like this at once is knowing what to do first, next, then and last. When you do things ‘out of order,’ it really can mess up the assembly process and cause you to waste a.lot of time in the kitchen. I’ve created several new printables and instructional videos that will actually make the assembly as smooth and quick as possible for you. Seriously, I might have done a celebratory dance when I finished the assembly…and you will want to as well! Costco Meal Plan Freezer Packs Printable Pack #1 | 5DollarDinners.com This package includes…

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos
  • Recipe List & Grocery List included as well!

All of these goodies are available to you for just 5 bucks! (You don’t need to buy package #2 if you buy package #1, as it already includes the recipes and shopping list!)

Just want the recipe list & grocery shopping list?! We have that available as well! This printable that contains all the recipes with ingredient breakdown, as well as a complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices). This printable is available for $2.49!

You can find all of the other Costco Meal Plans in the series, the Sam’s Club plans and my e-cookbooks in the $5 Dinners Store page. Once you’ve chosen all the plan you need, you can checkout! 

If you have issues with the download, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I’ll be able to help you out!

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ali murphy October 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I see chicken broth on the shopping list, but it is not included as an ingredient on any recipe. This is very confusing. Why am I buying chicken broth?


roo October 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

I looked a little closer just now after I made a similar comment (jumped the gun. whoops!) I found it in both the Beef Stew and the Sausage and Chicken Stew. But together, it’s only 5 cups. Seems like buying a 12 pack is a bit extreme, although she does list that half of the broth packets will be unused. I’ve never cooked with broth before, so I’m kind of nervous the leftovers will sit at my house, uneaten for a while!


Tan November 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

I believe you can buy the broth in a 6 pack at costco. It comes in cartons.


nikki November 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

There’s also broth needed for the chicken tortilla soup, 2 quarts.


Wendellyn Plummer October 29, 2014 at 8:47 am

Is the Sam’s Club version also gluten Free?


roo October 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I also am confused about the chicken broth. Which is it used for?

And it is unclear how much BBQ sauce to purchase and to use in the recipe(s).


Mandi Rohrer November 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I ordered your Costco meal plan #4 for $5. But I didn’t realize the link expired. Can you guys send another one.


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