20 Organic Foods You Should Buy at Costco

20 Organic Foods to Buy at Costco

Sometimes, when it’s been a long day, I’ll wait for my husband to come home and take off for Costco. There’s something therapeutic about walking the aisles alone, and although the samples are a far cry from what they once were, a churro and a soda always make for good aisle-wandering companions.

One of the things I love about Costco, besides their seasonal “clearance” and 8 Great Finds, is their vast selection of organic foods. Although options and brands vary, there always seem to be a lot of great choices at great prices.

Here are my 20 Favorite Organic Foods to purchase at Costco.

What are your favorite Costco buys? Comment below!

1. Salsa
Organic SalsaWe go through salsa like water. Seriously. My husband’s snack/meal/appetizer/breakfast of choice is usually chips and salsa. Not only does this stuff taste good, but it’s much less expensive per ounce than comparable organic salsas. (With price per ounce, you would need to find a 16 oz jar for $1.60…not going to happen!)

 

 

 

 


2. Macaroni and Cheese

009This is a great item to keep in your pantry for quick lunches and even emergencies. Often, they will be on sale, bringing the price down to $0.81 each. Even not on sale, the price is about $1 each, much less than the $2.29 you would pay at Sprouts.

 

 

 

3. Canned Beans
011I use canned black beans when I don’t have time to make up a batch of my favorite Slow Cooker Black Beans. Whether I put them in Chili or as a quick side dish, they are a go to ingredient. At $0.85 a can, this is one of my pantry staples.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pasta Sauce
012When I have time to make homemade spaghetti sauce, I try to make a huge batch so I can freeze some. But, when I don’t have any frozen or want to throw some sauce over Meatballs in my crock pot for a simple prep dinner, I like to use whatever brand organic pasta sauce Costco carries. It is often on sale, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Kid’s Snacks
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Dried fruit, GoGo squeeZ, and cheese sticks (which my kids don’t like, but they do have organic string cheese), are always healthy snack options for kids. Costco has a lot of healthy snacks (they also have Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, ClifKidz Fruit Ropes, and organic granola bars, not pictures), so this is my go-to for filling the snack cabinet.
6. Strawberry Jelly
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Barring an allergy, who doesn’t love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich? While I’m not a fan of the Costco organic peanut butter (it doesn’t incorporate well, and is always separated despite my best attempts at stirring), the Strawberry Jam is something I always have on hand. Using Costco’s price per ounce, you would need to pay $2.65 for a 16 oz jar elsewhere. At our local health food store, organic jelly is about $5 per jar.

 

 

 

7. Pasta and Olive Oil
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I’m Italian. We eat a lot of pasta and olive oil. Enough said.

8. Canned Tomato Products
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Canned tomatoes are so versatile, and you really can’t beat the price for these organic beauts.
Tomato Paste: $0.56/ea
Diced Tomatoes: $0.52/ea
Tomato Sauce: $0.67/ea

I use them for Chili, Tortellini Soup, Lentil Soup, and Minestrone Soup
9. Tortilla Chips
020At just $0.11 an ounce (that’s $1.76 for a 16-oz bag), these Tortilla chips are our favorite for chips and salsa, side dishes for tacos, and NACHOS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

10. Frozen Fruit
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My kids LOVE smoothies. Junior pulls out the blender every morning in hopes that I’ll make his favorite Fruit Smoothies.

So, we always have a bunch of frozen fruit on hand, and I love the organic selection Costco boasts. They also have organic mango chunks and a berry blend.

 

 

 

11. Tortillas
023$6.99 for 36 tortillas…these are one of my favorite tortillas. EVER. You cook them yourself, so they always taste fresh. I can’t even buy grocery store tortillas anymore. I guess I’m a tortilla snob. Thanks Costco.

 

 
12. Chicken
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When it comes to meat, I try to buy organic chicken whenever possible to avoid hormones and all those other nasty things chicken is known for. Costco has the best price on organic whole chickens, breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, though they do seem to switch suppliers every so often.
13. Chicken Stock
010I know, I know, I should make my own stock. But, I don’t because: 1.) I can never get it right. 2.) I can never get it right. 3.) I can never get it right. I’ve tried. And, so in the interest of saving time (which costs something too!), I purchase the organic chicken stock at Costco.

 

 

 

 

 

14. Ravioli
031This is one of those really random products, but it’s really tasty. Tater doesn’t like cheese, but she makes an exception for these ravioli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Butter
021No, organic butter isn’t cheap. But this is a little less than anywhere else I’ve seen at $4.15/lb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Frozen Veggies
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I especially love having the broccoli on hand for dinners, (as a side for Baked Potatoes, pasta, or fish), but they also have organic corn, edamame, and vegetable medley.
17. Flour
017The asterisk means that they won’t be reordering this product…I bought 40 lbs for my pantry…

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. Fresh Fruit
037 I’ve noticed that this varies greatly with each local Costco. Some have great produce and some don’t. But, we happen to have gotten very lucky with great organic deals on seasonal berries, bananas, and pomegranate seeds.

 

 

 

 

 


19. Fresh Veggies

039Same issues as the fresh fruit, but the organic spinach, mixed greens, and baby carrots are my favorite buys here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. Ground Beef
035Inevitably, the price of beef has risen quite a bit over the last year. Even this 4 lb pack of ground beef has jumped from $18.99 to $21.99. So, I like to make sure I get my money’s worth out of it by getting a bunch of meals out of each pack. But, I have seen organic ground beef go as high as $12/lb in the stores, so $5.50/lb really isn’t that bad.

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “20 Organic Foods You Should Buy at Costco

  1. We buy a lot of the same organic items as you do! Salsa, strawberry jam, frozen fruits and veggies (and fresh when it’s available), chicken, beef. Ours also carries the individual cups of organic applesauce and their a little cheaper than the pouches, so we get those for snacks in a pinch. Great list! :)

  2. We buy about 75% of the same items, save the kids’ snacks and a few other things. I am so thankful for affordable, organic options on the things that matter: meats, produce, and dairy. My husband does the shopping; I can’t be trusted in a place like Costco. I think I’ve been there three times since we bought a membership two years ago.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to put this list together! I found it really helpful. I am always trying to find ways to eat healtheir, and feed my family more naturally. Unfortunately, the nearest Costco for me is a little over an hour away. Maybe that’s a good thing :)

    I noticed you stated you want to avoid hormones in chicken. Actually, in the US poultry hormones cannot be used in raising poultry or pork, and most farmers avoid the use of antibiotics unless necessary to improve the health of their livestock. See link here on labeling: http://goo.gl/RnWgvQ

    I know, the labeling can be a little misleading, but so is the marketing of so many of our goods from shampoo to cell phone plans!

  4. I’ve loved seeing how many new organic items have been filling the shelves at Costco this past year… and the recent change to the green signs really helps to spot the items we want! I always find one NOT green and have to tell the cashier so they can fix it. I tell them because it is so important that I don’t miss the items I’m on the look out for. I love your list and so glad you wrote it…. gonna share it on twitter!

  5. Very disappointed in Costco. Here they are promoting Organic foods and then when you start enjoying them they remove it from the shelves and discontinue it. Boo for Costco! Been enjoying Don Lee Farms Organic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Veggie Patty for some time and now their gone. Want them back. Costco is the only store in my area who sold them. Where else can I purchase it, any suggestions??

    1. I completely agree…seems like there is a lot of turnover. Good in some ways, but very frustrating when you have found a favorite. As for the Veggie Patties, you can either ask Costco to bring them back, or check on the Don Lee Farms website to see where else they are sold. Good luck!

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