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chicken taco kit from Costco

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 real life and work-life, but sometimes I get meal burnout.

putting Costco prepared meal in the oven

In most cases, heading to the prepared food section at Costco is less expensive than take-out 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 in an exciting taste test!

Costco prepared meals inside cart

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 or products 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 5 plus a bonus single-serve option we are loving right now.

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costco chicken pot pie

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 that it has a disposable pan already, so you wouldn’t need to collect it back.

Here are the top 5 Costco prepared meals you should add to your shopping list –

holding a chicken street taco kit from costco

1.) Grilled Chicken Street Taco Kit

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 a stovetop taco kit from Costco

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

holding a costco street taco

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 definite a winner!

costco chicken pot pie in-store

2.) Chicken Pot Pie with Rotisserie Chicken

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!

holding chicken enchilada bake Costco prepared meal

3.) Enchilada Bake with Rotisserie Chicken

Total Price: $18 ($3.92/lb)

Here’s how to get the taste of yummy homemade red enchiladas without all the work involved! I feel like this option is fairly new and we’ve really enjoyed it a couple of times so far.

dishing up Costco chicken 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!

italian sausage & Pasta Garlic Wine Sauce Costco prepared meal

4.) Italian Sausage & Pasta in Garlic Wine Sauce

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.

pan of sausage and garlic wine pasta from costco

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.

forkful of Costco sausage and pasta prepared meal

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

holding a frozen costco lasagna by the freezer

5.) Kirkland Signature Meat Frozen Lasagna- 2 Pack

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 favs 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.

costco frozen ramen bowl

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

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 their popular rotisserie chicken that we all love. Enjoy!

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Comments 50

  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 🙂

  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.

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