Life in the Phoenix metropolitan area is hard to beat: year-round warmth (it’s a dry heat!), countless museums, the Phoenix Zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and it’s also home to exciting sports franchises like the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Mercury, and more.
What I personally find most exciting about Phoenix is its rich culinary heritage. As one of the biggest metro areas in the western United States, Phoenix serves as a home to many international cuisines in addition to its renowned Mexican and Tex-Mex food.
It’s hard to imagine ever tiring of Phoenix’s cultural offerings, but how are you going to enjoy them all if you’re constantly grocery shopping and meal planning? Meal delivery services make it easy to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the beautiful parks, resorts, and more in Phoenix.
Home Chef – Customizable Proteins for Home Cooks in Phoenix
Blue Apron – International Cuisines Delivered to Arizona
HelloFresh – Tasty Meals for Hungry Phoenicians
There’s a simple but important difference between meal delivery services and food delivery services. Meal delivery services like Home Chef and Blue Apron provide recipes and pre-sorted ingredients for you to prep and cook in the comfort of your own kitchen. Some, like Sunbasket, also offer premade meals, which simply need to be heated up in the microwave.
Food delivery services, on the other hand, bring meals hot to your door. Rather than a weekly box of meals, food delivery companies like Grubhub and Postmates send fresh, chef-cooked meals to your door as soon as possible – usually in less than an hour.
Dishes can be customized and upgraded with swappable proteins
Recipes are suitable for a range of skill levels
Additional protein packs let you add extra meat to your shipments
Time and time again, Home Chef takes top ranking in our meal kit reviews. It offers a wide variety of recipes including everything from prepared, one-pan meals to the deluxe “Culinary Collection” of advanced recipes. Read more about these offerings in our dedicated Home Chef review
Maybe you want something reminiscent of Phoenix’s great Mexican cuisine, like the Oaxacan Cheese-Stuffed Fajita Chicken, or something with a little Mediterranean flair like the Greek-Style Chicken Thigh Orzo (pictured). No matter what your culinary interests, Home Chef makes it easy to enjoy delicious home-cooked meals.
Wellness and vegetarian menus for slightly healthier options
Add a wine subscription for perfect pairings with your meals
Partnerships with WW, Beyond Meat, and celebrity chefs to keep menus interesting
Blue Apron is a well-known meal delivery service, and for a very good reason: its meal kits are simply delicious! With a diverse menu and frequent collabs with celebrity chefs like Roy Yamaguchi, there’s always something mouth-watering on offer. Our Blue Apron review goes into more detail.
Delicious Mexican cuisine is easy to find in Phoenix, but Blue Apron’s internationally-inspired dishes are hard to pass up. Take the Mexican Spiced Steaks pictured above: this Mexican-American fusion dish includes vibrant Mexican spices, a chipotle-infused sour cream, and cheddar-jalapeño potato cakes.
Numerous menus including family-friendly and pescatarian
Wide variety of burgers, pasta, flatbreads, tacos, and other familiar dishes
Gourmet Plus, Takeout Favorites, Oven-Ready, and other recipe categories
HelloFresh is another one of the best-known meal kits in the country. This service backs up its extensive ad campaigns with truly delicious recipes. You can read more about this popular meal delivery service in our dedicated HelloFresh review.
Indulging in gourmet home-cooked meals can be a hassle when you shop for and prep your own ingredients. That’s why I love HelloFresh’s Gourmet Plus menu, which provides all the ingredients for you to indulge in a premium dinner like the Duck à L’Orange pictured above.
In addition to Gourmet Plus dishes, HelloFresh also offers a selection of easy-prep dinners, family-friendly recipes, vegetarian menus, and other categories as well.
Market offers a variety of high-quality groceries
Large selection of breakfasts and lunches in addition to dinners
Sunbasket is an organic meal delivery service with a whole lot to offer. Not only does it tantalize with an ever-changing menu of exotic and wonderful recipes, but it also has an extensive market of organic groceries including meat, seafood, snacks, desserts, and much more.
Sunbasket also caters to a wide variety of dietary needs and preferences. Whether you’re vegan, paleo, soy-free, or have any number of other needs, this company almost certainly has a menu for you. You can read all about Sunbasket’s unique service in my colleague’s review.
Sunbasket’s menu might be one of the most diverse on this list. Not only does it feature dishes inspired by international cuisines, but it also features regional American dishes like the Rhode Island Johnnycakes shown above. They’re the perfect way to get a taste of New England all the way from Arizona!
The flexible plan lets you order between four and 12 meals each week
Menus include FreshlyFit and indulgent Takeout Twists
In a place like Phoenix – where it’s warm pretty much year-round – it’s not always fun to hang out in a hot kitchen while you prepare a meal. That’s why premade dishes can be a real lifesaver!
Freshly offers individually-portioned meals that are ready to heat and eat in minutes. All you need is a microwave to enjoy dishes like the Springtime Chicken Pilaf pictured above.
My colleague’s Freshly review takes a deeper look at this company and its values, which include using as few processed ingredients as possible for all-natural, holistically healthy dinners.
Low-carb and plant-based menu items
Responsibly sourced ingredients for delicious, sustainable meals
Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic meal delivery service with a unique, streamlined menu. Rather than cater specifically to highly specialized diets, Green Chef offers three basic menus, which incorporate the best parts of popular diet plans.
Our dedicated Green Chef review goes into more detail, but the gist is this: the Keto + Paleo plan is low-carb and high-protein, the Plant-Powered plan includes vegetarian and vegan dishes, and the Balanced Living plan is an all-around menu that will satisfy just about any palate.
Enjoy a taste of nearby California with the Baja Shrimp pictured above. This keto- and paleo-friendly dish consists of zesty, citrus-marinated shrimp and aromatic herbs over a bed of cauliflower rice and bell peppers. Best of all, this entire dish can be prepared and on the table in just twenty minutes.
Proteins and sides can be swapped out and customized on many dishes
Additional protein packs can be added to your weekly order
EveryPlate is one of the easiest meal delivery services to recommend because it is simply so affordable. With prices as low as $4.99/serving, EveryPlate ensures that a tight budget doesn’t come between you and a tasty meal kit. Our dedicated EveryPlate review goes into more detail about this affordable service.
With the extra savings from such an inexpensive meal kit, it’s easy to splurge on the occasional upgrade! For example, take the fresh and tangy Burst Tomato Linguine dish above. On its own, it’s a delicious vegetarian dish. For an extra protein kick, however, EveryPlate gives you the option to add some indulgent shrimp for an extra $2.99/serving.
Whether you’re saving money for a trip to the Gila River Casino or simply trying to stretch your budget further, Everyplate is undoubtedly one of the best values in meal kits.
Constant menu of more than 50 plant-based items
Pick 10, 20, or 30 meals in every shipment
Although the world is rapidly becoming much more accommodating of people with plant-based diets, it’s not always easy to find great vegan restaurants in Phoenix. Luckily, meal delivery services like Veestro make it easy to stick to your plant-based diet no matter where you live.
This company offers flexible subscription options and even a special weight loss menu for those trying to shed a few pounds. Be sure to check out our in-depth Veestro review for more information.
Unlike many meal delivery services, which only offer lunches and dinners, Veestro has a delicious breakfast menu as well as snacks. In your à la carte or subscription orders, you can add in breakfast burritos and yummy crab cakes (pictured) to round out your meals
Fresh, hot meals from restaurants direct to your door
Comprehensive restaurant rating system to narrow down your search
Unlike the rest of the entries on this list, these last two services are in their own category. Grubhub is one of the leading food delivery services in America. Rather than send you meals to prep or heat yourself, Grubhub connects you with local eateries.
This service makes it easy for you to get local delicacies delivered right to your door, like a barbecue platter or pulled-pork sandwich (pictured) from Trapp House BBQ in downtown Phoenix. Literally hundreds of restaurants are available with a variety of delivery times and fees.
A built-in review system lets you see each restaurant’s ratings for how good the food was, whether or not the order was correct, and how quick the delivery was. This makes it easy to narrow down the best options for your lazy night in.
Order anything from meals and desserts to snacks, drinks, and convenience items
Enjoy exclusive deals and items
Grubhub’s biggest competitor is Postmates. Both are great food delivery services, letting you get fresh meals delivered directly from local eateries. The best service for you ultimately depends on your own needs!
Postmates sets itself apart by offering exclusive deals with many great restaurants. For example, Mexican favorite Tocaya Organica is only available on Postmates, meaning you only have one choice next time you get a craving for its famous Burrito Mexicano (pictured).
Postmates also offers a rotation of daily deals for discounts and free shipping on select restaurants. As if this weren’t enough, you can even order from convenience and drug stores. That’s right: Postmates isn’t just for restaurants. You can get chips, ice cream, soda, and even beer delivered right to your door.
Meal Delivery Service
Dietary Preferences Offered
$7.99 or free on larger orders
$8.99 for prepared meals, $10.99 for meals kits
Meal kits and prepared meals
$3.99 and up
Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly
Every one, two, or four weeks
Free with subscriptions
Usually within 40-60 minutes
Usually $2.99 or less
Usually within 20-45 minutes
Usually $2.99 or less
It’s hard to overstate how much there is to do in Phoenix. Whether you prefer visiting museums, casinos, golf courses, or national parks, your needs are covered. Meal and food delivery services make it easy to enjoy delicious and healthy meals without the time and stress of shopping and planning your meals – freeing up more time to do the things you love.
EveryPlate is one of the most affordable meal delivery services on the market with prices as low as $4.99/serving
Green Chef’s Keto + Paleo menu is my favorite low-carb choice. As you might expect from the name, this plan features both keto and paleo dishes.
Sunbasket is an ideal one-stop shop for many dietary needs, as the service readily caters to so many unique diets, including paleo, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and more.
“Healthy” can mean different things to different people, so it’s always important for you to understand your own body’s nutritional needs. Having said that, I think Freshly’s commitment to all-natural, unprocessed ingredients and lean, health-focused dishes make this prepared meal delivery service one of the healthiest options on my list.