My Top 6 Prepared Meals at Costco are Weeknight Lifesavers!

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Check out my favorite Costco prepared meals that will help you get dinner on the table during busy weeknights!

costco prepared meals street tacos dinner kit

Ever get overwhelmed with meal planning and grocery shopping? Costco prepared meals to the rescue! 🙌

Life can get crazy sometimes and the high-quality prepared meals at Costco are worth keeping a yearly membership alone in my opinion. I am someone who does do a bunch of cooking at home in both my personal life and work life, but sometimes I get meal burnout.

costco prepared meals casserole in the oven

In most cases, heading to the prepared food section at Costco is less expensive than takeout food and tastes more like home cooking. Having one or two of these family-style meals on hand for when I’m too tired or too busy to cook can be such a lifesaver!

Curious if Sam’s Club meals are better? Here’s a previous post where I compared 5 popular Sam’s Club vs. Costco prepared meals.

woman buying costco prepared meals casserole

Costco is my happy place.

I’m a big Costco fan in general and am always impressed with their quality groceries and prepared foods. It’s honestly exciting when we discover new meals my family will eat and love without complaints.

In fact, it’s almost kind of hard for me to narrow it down to 5 Costco prepared meal favorites, so today I’m sharing 6 plus a bonus single-serve option we are loving right now.

Not a member at Costco yet? Check out the latest membership deal so you can start savoring in the savings!

costco prepared meals pot pie freshly baked

Also, keep in mind that some of these pre-made Costco meals would be so wonderful and thoughtful to bring to someone who is sick or experiencing a loss. ❤️ For instance, the pot pie is nice in that it has a disposable pan already, so you wouldn’t need to collect it back.

Even if you don’t live in the same area as your loved ones, you can order these online for Same-Day Delivery to give them a “homemade” meal while being apart!


Here are the top 6 Costco prepared meals you should add to your shopping list:


1. Grilled Chicken Street Taco Kit

taco platter

Total Price: $15.48 ($5.49/lb)

Who doesn’t love taco night?! This taco kit makes it so easy as it includes everything needed including 12 tortillas, seasoned grilled chicken, shredded cheese, cabbage, lime wedges, salsa, and cilantro lime cream.

preparing costco street tacos on stove

To prepare it, I simply warm up the chicken in a pan on the stove and heat the tortillas on my griddle.

plate of costco street tacos

I love that these street tacos are easy to fix with pre-portioned ingredients. The tender chicken pieces are seasoned yet not too spicy for kids. I feel like it’s a generous amount of food and feeds us four, and is definitely a winner!


2. Chicken Pot Pie with Rotisserie Chicken

costco chicken pot pie

Total Price: $18.19 ($3.29/lb)

This creamy pot pie can feed an army and yet tastes gourmet and grown-up at the same time. It has tender roasted chicken with lots of flavorful fresh veggies and a perfectly browned crust that is to die for! You can tell this pot pie has the quality ingredients Costco is known for, and the leftovers taste just as great warmed up the next day.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie in pan

If you’re needing to dig into a warm comforting meal with minimal effort, this is a definite favorite!


3. Enchilada Bake with Rotisserie Chicken

costco casserole

Total Price: $18 ($3.92/lb)

Here’s how to get the taste of yummy homemade red enchiladas without all the work involved! We first spotted this as a newer option about a year ago, and we’ve really enjoyed it a few of times so far.

enchilada bake

This cheesy enchilada bake is very much like a creamy cheesy casserole type meal that features corn tortillas, red sauce, onion, corn, bell peppers, beans, lots of cheese, and pieces of Costco’s famous rotisserie chicken that we all know and love.

It gets nice and bubbly and warm in the oven, and I love that there are no dishes to wash afterward! This is a great lazy meal when you don’t want to cook.

biting into a Costco enchilada bake

The enchilada bake has lots of southwest flavors going on and is on the spicy side, which my family loves. It definitely has a little bite to it though. If you don’t enjoy spicy food or can’t eat it, maybe skip this option, but man we think it’s YUMMY!


4. Italian Sausage & Pasta in Garlic Wine Sauce

costco prepared meal italian sausage

Total Price: $16.93 (3.77/lb)

If you’re having one of those days when diving into a buttery pasta dish sounds delish, pick this meal! Oh my goodness, it’s so good. The chicken sausage is awesome in it too and has tons of flavor, while these yummy delicate pasta circles are swimming around in an awesome butter garlic sauce. I love the tomato spinach addition, too.

costco casserole

At first, I wasn’t sure what my kids would think of this meal, as it’s a little more grown-up tasting with the white wine sauce, but everyone enjoyed it and my kids had seconds.

costco prepared meal italian sausage casserole

The real star of the show is that sausage, and there are generous amounts of it!


5. Kirkland Signature Meat Frozen Lasagna 2-Pack

holding a frozen costco lasagna by the freezer

Price: $14.69 for 2

Ok, hear me out on this one. I am normally NOT a frozen meal fan, but there is something special about this lasagna! It has the perfect amount of meat and gooey cheese and amazing flavor.

My kids go crazy for this yummy meal, and it’s so incredibly convenient to keep these in our deep freezer for a last-minute dinner! Paired with a simple salad, it’s a surprisingly delicious feast.

costco prepared meal frozen lasagna

This lasagna takes a little over an hour to bake in the oven and comes out bubbly and delicious. This item can be found in the freezer section at Costco, while my other 4 faves are in the refrigerated section.

P.S Speaking of Kirkland frozen products, they always seem high-quality and this one doesn’t disappoint! We also LOVE the Kirkland brand thin crust frozen pizza that comes in a 4-pack.


6. Beef Bulgogi Korean BBQ 

costco beef bulgogi in a pan

Total Price: $23 (6.99/lb)

Many of our readers have commented about how yummy the marinated Bulgogi beef is at Costco and all I have to say is they are not wrong! I was kinda skeptical, but this meal was super easy to pan fry and the results are delicious. It may not look that appealing in the container, but it turns out beautifully in the pan after just a few minutes. 🤩

insignia rice cooker

I would say it’s a bit on the sweeter side as far as the sauce goes and the thinly sliced beef is very good and satisfying. My husband and I added hot sauce and the kids enjoyed it as is. It has Asian take-out food vibes and I loved it!

I served mine alongside rice and veggies that I steam together at the same time using my rice cooker for a quick and comforting dinner my family all enjoyed. We are for sure picking this up again in the future!

plate of costco bulgogi with veggies and rice


BONUS! Best Single-Serve Meal: Ramen with Chicken, Tokyo Style – 6 pack

ramen noodle bowl

Price: 13.99 for 6 bowls

Here’s a bonus recommendation if you haven’t tried them yet. I wanted to shout out these delicious ramen noodles bowls found in the frozen section! It’s soup season and these are warm and delicious on a chilly day. My kids enjoy popping them in the microwave during the day for a quick lunch, and I enjoy them with a little sriracha hot sauce.

These are quite an upgrade from the cheap square ramen soup packets and I love that they include some chicken and a few veggies, along with those craveable soft noodles and broth.

person making a costco taco kit

I hope you find these Costco-prepared meal recommendations helpful!

I could probably talk about Costco finds all day, but these are some of our go-to prepared foods that are both delicious and helpful to have around for last-minute meals. These are favorites that go beyond the popular rotisserie chicken that we all love. Enjoy!


Who has better pumpkin pie? Check out our Sam’s Club Vs. Costco pumpkin pie taste test!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 94

  1. Suzanne

    The frozen ramen is my favorite. For seasonals they also had a good Indian chicken with cauliflower, though it’s not available at the moment.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Suzanne!

  2. Luv2$ave

    Great post! I love their meals. Their Mac & cheese and Alfredo chicken fettuccine are favorites in my house. 😊

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing! 🙌

  3. Mary Anne Merritt

    We love their street tacos! They are so delicious and much healthier than fast food. Since we don’t mind leftovers, my husband and I can eat them for 3 nights, at a cost of $2.50 per serving! What a deal!❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow that’s so great. Yes, I agree leftovers are great on them! Thanks for sharing Mary Anne!

  4. lindak

    Do the chicken dishes contain white meat only?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think the grilled chicken tacos are white meat maybe. The others I believe are from the whole rotisserie chickens, however that’s my best guess.

  5. ashley-21

    Thank you! We have recently tried the enchiladas for the first time and they were delicious! I have been wanting to try some of their other pre-made meals so I will start with your suggestions.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great! Thanks Ashley!

  6. Joan

    I also love their frozen lasagna. In fact I try not too get it too often because I can’t stop myself from overeating anytime we get it. It is hands-down the best lasagna I’ve ever had.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Joan! Yes, so good! Ha

  7. Polly

    I’d love to hear a review on Sams club meals as well, I don’t have a Costco near me.

  8. Csandst1

    Crazy expensive for a family of more than 2. If you bought all of these you’d spend $97.28. I spend that for a week’s worth of groceries including household items. We’re a family of 4 with 2 endlessly hungry teen boys.

    Yes I know the article isn’t suggesting you buy all of them and that it’s just recommendations. If you have the time, prep the same thing in advance and freeze it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi! These are actually pretty large servings, not for just 2 people. I have a family of 4 as well, and we have leftovers on most of them. But yes, as always all ideas won’t work for every family 🙂

    • LaDonna

      Yeah I’m always so tempted to get the tacos because of all the rave reviews. But every time I pick it up in the store I just feel like it is Only gonna feed but maybe 3 or 4 people…. And I think yeah if you’ve got teen boys they eat even more….. we have five in our family…. I’d rather make my chicken tacos in the instant pot, now that makes a lot and we eat on it for days and is quick and easy….. I think if I was going to buy a prepared meal I’d buy something that’s not easy for me to prepare at home at least

      • Rhonda

        Would you share your recipe?

      • Sheila

        We are a family of 7 and I pick up the tacos plus a rotisserie chicken every-time I go. I supplement some of the cut of rotisserie chicken into the chicken mixture and it easily feeds all 7 of us (2 teen boys) most of the time with leftovers. I usually add extra cheese as well. For something already cooked and ready to go, you can’t beat it!

    • Amelia

      Our family of 6 (including teenagers) eats this for one meal.

    • v

      Csandst1 I can feel your pain. I would need two of these meals to feed my 2 teen boys and husband, especially during basketball season.

  9. dylanfan

    Does the pot pie have celery? If so is it loaded with it? I can’t stand celery haha

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Honestly, I don’t think it does!

    • Kimberlyn

      I HATE celery and LOVE This pot pie. No celery 🙂

  10. Maria G

    Love the Street Tacos, also. Another favorite is the new Ravioli Lasagna. No one in our family liked the Pot Pie, too salty.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for sharing! I’d like to try that lasagna!

  11. APS

    My boys like the chicken fettuccine Alfredo and Mac and cheese. We’ve tried the pot pie twice and both times felt it was way too salty.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for adding your thoughts on that!

  12. Susan

    Tip: if you have friends that are sick or have a new baby at home you can order these from Costco for same day delivery. It’s nice if you’re not in the same city and want to get them a “homemade” meal that they can eat now or freeze for later.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea! Thanks for sharing Susan!

  13. Mommyx6

    Thanks for this! I get the large pan of the Kirkland lasagna and the frozen cheese bread. It feeds our family of 9 very cheap.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum! Yes, and it tastes great! Thanks for sharing 👏

  14. Liz

    street tacos and pot pie are amazing!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Liz! I agree!

  15. B

    The sodium content in the ramen bowls is 77% I believe. I was going to get them but didn’t

  16. Kitkat

    Thanks for these posts. I love them, even though I’m vegetarian. Hope you can do a post with some options for us :).

      • Kitkat

        Thank you! I’ll look these up. You guys are amazing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks! Costco has a yummy quinoa salad in the prepared section that I enjoy!

      • Erica

        I love the quinoa salada paired with the frozen falafel from Trader Joe’s

      • Kitkat

        I’ll look that up next time I’m there.

        Lina, your posts (and smiles) are amazing; keep them coming!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Aw thanks so much for your encouraging words!

  17. Gigi

    The stuffed peppers are good too!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, honestly I could have put those on the list too! We love them also👏😍

  18. D

    Thank you so much! This is a great post – I love it. I’ll be doing a lot of cooking going into the holidays, so will need a break for sure some nights. Looking forward to trying these!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Thanks for the feedback!

  19. Kimberlyn

    LOVE the street tacos and the pot pie is our absolute favorite!!! I HATE celery and LOVE This pot pie. No celery :).

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Kimberlyn!

  20. roflo

    Does anyone know if the pot pie will freeze well? I’d like to get it for a thanksgiving week meal but buy in advance. Thanks for the info.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, I think it would do well!

    • Lauren

      I freeze them every time I get them because if not, you have to use them right away or they go bad. They have always kept well in the freezer for us. Hope that helps. 🙂

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Thanks for sharing that tip! So helpful.

  21. Kim

    My fav so far is the Chicken Street Tacos! Mac n cheese is creamy and cheesy, just had my family put in the Stuffed Bell Peppers for dinner tonight since I was working at the hospital – awesome!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  22. shpootsen45

    Ok also our family has discovered that the Costco Chicken Salad (made with rotisserie chicken meat) is AMAZING!!! It’s an oil based chicken salad and it is great on sandwiches, with chips or just straight out of the container with a fork! I highly recommend it to anyone! I am not a big chicken salad person but this is wildly exceptional and has become a regular Costco staple for our family! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum! Yes we like it too! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Daphneg

    We had the pot pie for dinner last night and it was delicious as always. Family of 4 including a teen boy and 12 year old girl with more than 1/2 left over. Only downside is it takes almost 2 hours to bake.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this option!

  24. sally

    We bought the marinated beef bulgogi, raw and just cook in a pan and serve with rice.
    SO GOOD!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I want to try this!! I hear it’s yummy!!!

  25. Pat Goff

    I am so jealous. I wish my family wasn’t so picky or had things they can’t eat due to Crohns or just being challenged. Everything has at least one item my family can’t or won’t eat. You all are so lucky. I have bought ready made food once or twice but the kids and I had to get all of the peas out or all the red or green pepper out etc just so that one of my brothers would eat it. LOL

  26. Micah

    If you like Chickfila chicken nuggets then go buy the Just Bare lightly breaded chicken breast chunks from Costco.
    They taste just like the nuggets from chickfila. I worked for chickfila for almost 10 years and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, these are the closest tasting to their nuggets.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes agree so good! We enjoy making them in the air fryer and my teens can feed themselves! LOL

    • Kim

      I can never seem to find these in my Costco

  27. SM

    Does Costco have any good new membership deals right now? Reading this post makes me want to get a membership again.

  28. Jennifer

    This summer, my Costco had a shrimp scampi prepared meal and it was SO good. My entire family devoured it. I haven’t seen it since. The manager told me it should be back this fall as it’s considered a holiday item? If you see it, buy it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      ohhh I would love to try that! Thanks Jennifer!

  29. ericataylor-0

    The Costco Rotisserie chicken also has chemicals injected (for flavor ) that cause inflammation … so if you are sensitive ( or Keto) this isn’t a clean choice

  30. Ang

    We don’t have a Costco nearby but Sam’s club also carries these exact same meals & we love them.

    • Nicole (Hip Sidekick)

      Great to know! Thanks for telling us about that, Ang!

  31. SoCalLemon

    Random thought…could you guys consider a sidebar, a different color or something with todays favorite posts, or most trending posts? When I scroll through (as I imagine most people do), I stop at the post I remember seeing last. So I realized I was missing a ton of posts! For example, this Costco post was done earlier today, but now it’s back in the #1 position…I nearly missed the EcoTools and Grow Bags post because I thought nothing new had been added since my last visit. I hope what I am saying makes sense…thanks for all your awesome efforts!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for the request and the feedback! I have passed this along to the team!

  32. cfarm

    Can you do this for Sam’s Club? Thanks

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes stay tuned!

  33. David

    In addition to the rotisserie chicken, we love the salmon with basil butter!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks David! I need to try that!

  34. Hannah

    So we were just about to heat up our Mexican chicken tacos tonight. It’s so easy and yummy. We usually buy on Sundays so that we don’t have to think about Monday meal !!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea! And I think it’s national taco day so hooray! LOL

    • Kimo Rosen

      Another prepared meal that lasts me for two meals is the Turkey croissant sandwich a with Caesar salad. comes with condiments and dressing in separate containers!👍

  35. Anita

    I love their bulgogi – tastes just like any Korean restaurant! Their chicken noodle soup always helped during the winter months. And something we always keep stocked in our freezers is the shrimp wonton noodle soup.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  36. delliaseattle

    Y’all know that those Rotisserie chix are left over Rotisserie chix that didnt get sold. Right?

    • Maria

      That’s great! I love they are also fighting food waste.

  37. ChristieG

    We have tried the beef tenderloin nuggets that are seasoned and just cook. They were fantastic on the grill.
    The chicken soup prepared was fabulous.
    I’ve been wanting to try the chix tacos.
    Need to compare the Sam’s Club and Costco chix salads as I eat Sam’s Clubs all the time.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YES! Let us know!

  38. Erika

    Love the street tacos too!
    We like to get the macaroni and make Buffalo chicken from one of the rotisserie chickens and voila! Buffalo chicken mac & cheese!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How smart and yummy!

  39. Ann

    What happened to the ravioli lasagna? It was great and went there today and it was not available and they don’t know when it will be available. I didn’t realize it was not available all time and had a birthday dinner planned using that.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh darn! ya it’s interesting how some meals are not there all the time. If you are interested I make lasagna sometimes using raviolis and it’s super easy to compile using a jar of sauce and cheeses. I bet the ravioli from costco would turn out yummy https://hip2save.com/recipes/easy-3-ingredient-ravioli-bake/

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