If you’re trying to figure out the best meal delivery services in Dallas, you might feel overwhelmed. There seem to be many options with various types of meals, cuisines, cooking skill level requirements, and more. But it doesn’t have to feel like that. I’ll show you how to quickly find the exact one that best suits your needs.
To save you time and hassle, I’ve checked out and researched dozens of options. I’ve also come up with a list of ones that will reignite your joy of eating. The services on this list offer various options like meat, keto, paleo, vegan, veggie, gluten-free, organic, and more. You can also choose between prepared meals or meal kits (depending on what you like), along with various price points to suit your personal budget.
Overall, Blue Apron is my top choice for this year. It’s the best overall meal delivery service in Dallas thanks to its large menu, affordability, availability of meal kits and prepared meals, and easy-to-follow recipes. You also get access to a plethora of Market add-ons like pantry items, kitchen utensils, tools, appliances, seasonal holiday boxes, and even wines.
Blue Apron – Best easy-to-cook gourmet meals
Factor – Best meals for health-conscious people
Home Chef – Best protein customization options
HelloFresh – Best for variety
Green Chef – Best for organic meals in Dallas
19 dishes to choose from each week
Dietary options include vegetarian, diabetes-friendly, and low-calorie
Add wine boxes and tons of other Market add-ons to your order
Current deal: Enjoy $180 off across your first 6 orders
Blue Apron is the top meal delivery service in Dallas for this year for several reasons. For one, it offers a huge menu of international cuisines, and it offers these in the form of either meal kits or prepared meals.
You'll also find various types of plans on the menu here. There really does appear to be something for everyone. For example, our full review mentions that there are 5 main categories – Chef Favorites, Wellness, Family Friendly, Fast & Easy, and Veggies. But you don’t have to choose one or the other as these simply serve as an easy way to sort the menu.
Additionally, you get access to Blue Apron’s Market add-ons. These include things like seasonal holiday boxes, pantry items like spices, wines and wine boxes, and even kitchen tools, utensils, and small appliances. No other competitors offer this many different choices.
I like how it also offers meals for pretty much any skill level. For instance, you can try the Premium recipes, which can help you push your culinary skills to the limit and create striking meals for your family. But there are also a bunch of recipes you can try that don't require very much cooking skill at all. All of the steps are outlined on cards that you'll get with each delivery so you never have to worry about being left in the dark.
And, of course, the prepared meals just have to be heated up in the microwave or the oven, depending on what you have ordered. These can take anywhere from about 2 to 45 minutes to be ready to eat.
You could also try the Fast & Easy meals if you’re in a bit of a rush. These will help you strike a balance between cooking, yet not spending too much time doing so. Each Fast & Easy meal can be cooked more quickly than the standard meal kits, but of course, they're not as fast or convenient as the prepared meals. I appreciate this level of flexibility.
Blue Apron's live chat support agents are super professional and quick to respond. They’ll help you get your presales questions answered – and I found them to be very friendly and knowledgeable overall. You can also contact the support team by phone or email as well. I usually stick to live chat myself, but you’re free to use whichever communication method you like best.
Blue Apron’s minimum order is 2 meals equaling 2 servings each per week, but you’re free to order as many as 4 meals of 4 servings each per week. Pricing starts at around $5.74 per serving for the maximum order.
Choose from 35 prepared meals each week
Dietary options include keto, low-calorie, plant-based, and more
Opt for weight loss-specific meal plans
Current deal: Up to $276 off!
Factor’s prepared meals are great for those looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. If your primary goal is to lose weight or simply support your fitness lifestyle, Factor’s meals make this pretty much as straightforward as it gets. Each prepared meal has been carefully crafted and fits one or more fitness-related categories like Keto, Protein Plus, Calorie Smart, and more.
The meals are all free of antibiotics, gluten, and hormones. I can't really say the same thing about many, if not most other competitors on this list. And, considering the meals are all prepared, this is especially surprising.
All meals are GMO-free and made with mostly organic produce. All poultry and eggs are also antibiotic-free, all meats are pasture-raised or grass-fed, and the salmon is sustainably sourced.
Though not the largest menu around, it still offers around 35 prepared meals for you to choose from every single week. You'll get a good selection of international cuisines like Latin American, Cajun, Italian, and more, though I have found that most of them are quite Americanized. And, though not specifically targeted toward kids, I'm happy to say that most of the meals are kid-friendly.
In terms of heating your meals, you can either do so in your microwave or oven. The heating instructions for each meal are printed on each individual meal package. All you have to do is follow the instructions and eat!
As well as dinners, you can expect a good selection of extras and add-ons like breakfast items, smoothies, desserts, meat and protein add-ons, mac and cheese, dips, and even extra veggies. And, for those special occasions like Valentine's day, you can get special seasonal extras and add-ons like the Keto Valentine's Day Dinner for Two.
The minimum order here is 6 meals per week, but you can get up to 18 per week. Pricing starts at $6.19 per serving for the max order.
25+ recipes available per week
Dietary options include carb- and calorie-conscious
Get access to tons of sides, snacks, add-ons, and extra protein
With Home Chef, you get lots of choices in terms of how you want to cook and eat. You can get regular or Easy Prep meal kits, oven- and grill-ready meals, and the ability to customize each meal’s protein.
In terms of the meals, I think that one of the best features is the protein customization option. For example, the Texas-Style Steak Flautas could be ordered with diced chicken or even shrimp instead. This option really helps you get the exact meal you’ll be most happy with without being forced to order the default option.
It’s really no secret that Home Chef has one of the largest, most diverse menus out there. I found there to be an almost overwhelming number of extras and add-ons. For instance, our full review states that you can get lots of items for dessert, lunches, or even just snacks. If you thought Green Chef has a crazy number of options, I think Home Chef definitely takes the crown here.
Find things like cake, breads, salads, and protein packs. There’s anything from Cinnamon Coffee Cake Slices & Mocha Latte packs, Brew Master Pub Cheese Spread & Pretzel Bites, Caesar Chopped Salad & Chicken, Margherita Pizza and Salad, Garlic Bread & Salad, Lava Cakes, Egg Bites, smoothies, Crunch Rolls, bisque, mac and cheese, and more. You can also grab a number of extra proteins like Italian sausage, chicken, shrimp, salmon, and Protein Packs which offer a combination.
If there’s anything you want to avoid, you can choose these items at signup. For example, you can choose to avoid things like pork, beef, mushrooms, shellfish, and tree nuts. At signup, you can also select whether you prefer carb- or calorie-conscious meals.
Finally, the minimum order per week is 2 recipes for 2 people per week, and the maximum is 6 recipes for 6 people. Prices for the maximum order start at $7.99 per serving.
Choose from 30+ recipes per week
Dietary options include carb-smart, calorie-smart, vegetarian, and pescatarian
Get family-friendly meals even kids will love
HelloFresh is still quite convenient even though it doesn’t offer prepared meals. Its kits don’t take long, and the menu is quite varied. For instance, it offers a very large menu of around 30+ options per week, along with several diet options for you to choose from.
You’ll find that most of the recipes are also family-friendly and kid-friendly. This is because most of the meals aren’t all that “fancy” so to speak, or over-the-top with lots of exotic ingredients and spices. HelloFresh, in my opinion, does a good job of catering to most people’s taste preferences.
When it comes to cooking the meal kits, most can be ready to eat in around 20-30 minutes with some taking slightly less or more time. To me, any meals that take less than an hour is something I can get on board with. Personally, I don’t really like spending too much time cooking and cleaning!
Also, the menu is split up into 6 main categories – Meat & Veggies, Family Friendly, Veggie, Fit & Wholesome, Quick and Easy, and Pescatarian (which is somewhat of a rarity). You’re definitely free to mix and match across categories to your heart’s content which is something not all competitors offer. Don’t feel like you’re locked into choosing only 1.
Something really unique about HelloFresh is that it lists the difficulty level for each meal. I found that to be very interesting. Our reviewer mentioned that, if you’re nervous or hesitant to try a certain recipe, you can check out how difficult it is right on the site’s main menu before ordering. But even if you see a recipe you don’t feel confident about, I wouldn’t worry about it. Every meal comes with detailed instructions that will guide you by the hand no matter your experience level.
HelloFresh’s minimum order is 2 recipes for 2 people per week, and you can get up to 6 recipes for 4 people per week. It’s nice to see that the more you order, the more you’ll save on each serving. Pricing for the max order starts at $3.32 per serving.
The first USDA-certified organic meal delivery service
30 recipes available each week
Dietary options include keto, paleo, and plant-based
Though not all ingredients are organic, Green Chef offers high quality, certified organic produce and eggs. You’ll also get proteins that have been raised with high animal welfare standards, according to Green Chef. It couples these high-quality ingredients with specialized meal plans that make its meals suitable for most preferences.
For example, it offers Keto, Gluten Free, Fast & Fit, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Protein Packed plans. If you check out our main review, you’ll find that you’re now able to mix and match across plans as you see fit which was not possible before. I like seeing this option as it gives you lots more flexibility in terms of what you are able to eat every week.
Something I like about Green Chef is that all of its sauces and marinades come premade. This is nice to see as these types of foods can sometimes add a lot of extra cooking time to your meals. As a matter of fact, one of Green Chef’s biggest selling points is its sheer number of add-ons which could make it a decent one-stop-shop for many of your needs.
You can get tons of extras including breakfasts, keto-bundles, and bulk proteins. You’ll find things like Roasted Almond and Coconut Oatmeal, Thai-Spiced Chicken Salad, Smoky Bacon and Cheddar Egg Bites, The Keto-Curious Dinner Bundle, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and an assortment of muffins. You can also get extra seafood and meats like shrimp and salmon, ground beef, turkey, or pork, and even steak and chicken cutlets (just to name a few). That’s definitely not an exhaustive list, so I recommend checking out the menu for yourself.
The minimum order with Green Chef is 3 meals for 2 people per week – but you’re able to order up to a maximum of 4 meals for 6 people every week. Keep in mind that, the more you order at once, the lower your per-serving cost will be. Prices for the maximum order start at around $5.99 per serving.
Home Chef’s line of easy-prep meals
13+ recipes per week
Dietary options include calorie-conscious, and carb-conscious
Fresh and Easy is a special line of meals by Home Chef. It’s basically made up of a collection of no-prep and easy-prep, superfast meal kits. With Fresh and Easy, you can get a number of oven- and grill-ready meals, 15-minute meal kits, and salads. If you’re looking for Home Chef-level quality plus added convenience, Fresh and Easy could be the answer.
What I personally appreciate about Fresh and Easy is that all ingredients come prepped. Our reviewer mentions that you won’t have to do any washing, peeling, slicing, dicing, or any other sort of prep work. In terms of convenience, Fresh and Easy really can’t be beaten by any other competitor aside from maybe prepared meal-only services.
What I like most, though, is that you’ll also have access to the whole Home Chef menu as well. Since Fresh and Easy is merely a special lineup of meals, you’re free to mix and match them with any other Home Chef meals – even in the same order. That means you can get any of the extra sides, snacks, desserts, and add-ons as well.
There’s a small downside to Fresh and Easy, though. If you’re looking for specific special diets like keto or paleo, you won’t find them here. Some of the meals may indirectly fit these special diets, but they’re not labeled as such, and it’s not done on purpose. But if you don’t mind missing those special diets, Fresh and Easy does what it does very well.
Your minimum order is also the exact same as Home Chef – 2 recipes for 2 people per week, and the maximum is 6 recipes for 6 people. Again, just like Home Chef, prices start at $7.99 per serving if you go with the maximum order.
Get diet plans that have been created by doctors
Choose from 150+ breakfast, lunch, and dinner items plus snacks
Diets include gluten-free, diabetic, heart-healthy, and more
BistroMD is the only service on this list that caters specifically to those looking to lose weight. If you’ve been wanting to lose some extra pounds but don’t want to spend time weighing your food, counting calories, and tracking calories, BistroMD could be your answer.
Its diet plans have been created by doctors, and all meals are preportioned with the correct number of calories to help you lose weight effortlessly. As someone who has lost 35 pounds in the past, I can certainly appreciate that.
Our reviewer noted that the meals aren’t boring and a lot of thought has been put into creating tasty meals despite the fact that it’s a weight loss-specific meal delivery service. When you think of losing weight, thoughts of dry chicken breast and rice with tasteless broccoli spring to mind – at least to me! But that’s certainly not the case with BistroMD.
But weight loss isn’t the only thing that BistroMD supports. It offers an abundance of other plans as well such as Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Menopause, Keto Flex, and even a Diabetic-Friendly one. It’s an overall health-focused service – and weight loss happens to be one of the main ways it supports a healthy lifestyle.
I’m happy to see that most of its meals are at least whole foods-based. This means lots of grains like rice, fresh veggies like carrots, beans, and broccoli, fresh salmon, chicken, beef, and turkey. Something slightly alarming, though, is its reliance on flash-freezing its meals. With that said, the minimum BistroMD order is enough lunches and dinners for 5 days which comes out to around $8.24 per serving.
Martha Stewart-curated meals you can cook at home
45+ meal kits to choose from per week
Dietary options include vegan, vegetarian, and no added gluten
Marley Spoon has partnered with Martha Stewart to deliver some of the highest-quality meal kits around. Not only that, but it offers one of the largest menus around. While checking it out, I noticed that you’d be pretty unlikely to become bored over time here.
It’s interesting that you also get meals with Martha Stewart’s signature sauces and seasonings. This makes Marley Spoon unique when compared to other meal delivery services. For those of you who may already be familiar with Martha Stewart, you might be happy to hear this.
With that said, some of the recipes may first appear more complex than some competitors. However, based on our full review, it appears that the meals are still easy enough for an amateur cook.
Dietary options include Vegan, Vegetarian, No Gluten Added, and Low-Carb. Many meals are also labeled as Under 30 Minutes, Kid Friendly, Optional Spice, Dairy-Free, One Pot Meal, Healthy, and Nutritious. Keep in mind that, if you’re after specific diets like keto or paleo, you won’t find them here.
Marley Spoon does offer some sides and extras too, just not as many as Home Chef or Green Chef. You can expect items like Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Baked Popcorn Chicken, brownies, roasted fingerling potatoes, and some breakfast items like muffins and oats.
The minimum order here is 2 meals for 2 people per week, and the maximum is 6 meals for 4 people. Pricing for the maximum number of weekly meals starts at $2.99 per serving.
12 meal kits and 8 prepared meals on the menu each week
Dietary options include gluten-free, nut-free, and high protein
Also offers breakfast and lunch entrees
Purple Carrot is a 100% plant-based service that offers both meal kits and prepared meals. What separates it from other services that offer “plant-based meals”, however, is that it truly makes the veggies the star of the show. It’s nice to see that Purple Carrot doesn’t rely on imitation meats such as “Beyond” products like some other services.
It definitely doesn’t offer the largest menu selection out there, but everything it offers is top-notch. I can definitely understand that since it hyper-focuses on being plant-based. Naturally, there aren’t as many options when you’re not getting anything animal-based. One of my personal favorite items on the menu, for instance, is the Maple-Chipotle Carrot Tacos with Mojo Verde Black Beans & Spicy Pepitas.
Purple Carrot offers meals in 3 main ways – prepared meals, meal kits, and Less Prep meal kits. The prepared meals can be heated up in the microwave within about 2 to 3 minutes.
Our reviewer noticed that you can get meals that are either gluten-, soy-, or nut-free, which are all clearly labeled on the menu. Not every meal falls into every category, but most fall into at least one of those.
You can make most of the meal kits in around 25-30 minutes (with some taking slightly longer), and the Less Prep meal kits are even faster. With those, you’ll get premade sauces, and pre-chopped veggies, they require fewer pots and pans, and will overall significantly reduce prep times.
The minimum order with Purple Carrot is 3 meals per week of 2 servings each, and the maximum is 4 meals of 4 servings each. For the prepared meals, 6 single-serving meals per week up to a maximum of 10 single-serving meals. If you opt for the meal kits, you’ll save more money per serving the more you order, but the prepared meals always cost the same per serving. Pricing for the maximum order starts at $8.50 per serving.
Cook most meals in fewer than 30-40 minutes
Choose from over 45 unique recipes per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, low-calorie, and dairy-free, veggie, and more
If you’re just looking for the straight-up most affordable meals in Dallas, Dinnerly fits the bill. It’s one of the cheapest meal delivery services out there. Best of all, “cheap” doesn’t really mean low quality, either. It offers an impressive number of weekly choices, and decent dietary options as well – despite its lower-than-average cost.
Most of the recipes you’ll get will contain meat, though there are some veggie options, too. If you’re into fish and seafood, you’ll also get a handful of weekly recipes that feature those items. I was surprised to find out that Dinnerly uses pretty high-quality items in its meals, despite the low price tag.
For instance, our reviewer pointed out that Dinnerly only sources sustainably-raised proteins, and, on occasion, provides organic fruits and veggies. I found that to be very surprising and a welcome bonus. Some of the highest-priced competitors don’t even offer these types of ingredients.
All of the meals you’ll get from Dinnerly are meal kits. Sadly, at this time, it doesn’t offer prepared meals – but, again, that’s to be expected at this price point. In terms of the meal kits, they seem to be quite varied featuring lots of international recipes like Indian, Italian, Latin American, Asian-influenced, and Greek. You also seem to get lots of classic American ones, too that are quite kid-friendly.
Dietary options include Healthy, Low-Calorie, Veggie, Low-Carb, and Nutritious, which, again, is a nice added bonus. All of the meals are clearly labeled on the website – and the recipe cards are all digital. No physical recipe cards get sent out at this time. Lastly, the minimum order for Dinnerly is 3 meals for 2 people per week up to a maximum of 6 meals for 4 people. Pricing starts at $2.12 per serving for the maximum order.
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20 - 60 min. meal kits
Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
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Meal kits, prepared meals
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When I was looking at the best meal delivery services in Dallas, here are some things I took into consideration. I highly recommend you keep the following points in mind when making your decision:
Recipes: Select a service that offers the type of meals and cuisines you’re looking for. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, snacks, or add-ons, and whether you prefer classic American, Italian, Indian, or Asian food, there’s something on this list for every preference.
Convenience is key: Opt for a meal delivery service that caters to your meal preferences. Based on your cooking skills and willingness to cook, you can go for microwave-, grill-, or oven-ready meals, standard meal kits, salads, or even meal kits with pre-washed, peeled, chopped, or diced ingredients.
Dietary preferences: Opt for meals that fit your specific dietary preferences. For example, you’ll find options for pretty much anything including keto, paleo, Mediterranean, meat, veggie, vegan, gluten-free, organic, pescatarian, and more. Choose a service that has what you’re after.
Affordability: Go for a service that fits your budget whether it be large or small. There’s no reason to have to spend a ton of money on quality meal delivery. You’ll find meal delivery services on this list that work for your specific budget and needs.
My top recommendation in Dallas is Blue Apron. I chose Blue Apron because of its large menu of prepared meals and meal kits, extensive Market add-ons like kitchen utensils, tools, and appliances, and seasonal holiday boxes and wines. It truly is a one-stop shop for most of your cooking needs.
The most affordable meal kit delivery service in Dallas currently is Dinnerly. Its prices start at around $2.12 per serving. You’ll not only get some of the most affordable meals here, you’ll also get a decently large selection of international cuisines, no-chop (low prep), kid-friendly, vegetarian, and one-pot meal options (plus tons more).
Blue Apron offers both prepared meals and meal kits so some meals come pre-cooked. Around half of its meals are prepared, and the other half are meal kits. You’ll find a large selection of international meals that will please all sorts of different tastes and preferences.