31 Trader Joe’s Products You Can’t Live Without (updated)

My obsession with Trader Joe’s is REAL. I insta-story my way around the store on a fairly frequent basis and and it’s high time I spill all my secrets here too. So here we go…31 Trader Joe’s Products You Can’t Live Without…

(ps – quick side note – I buy very few pieces of produce from TJ’s because I find that it goes bad rather quickly! So I get produce from the farmers market and other stores. But TJ’s wins hands down for just about everything else…)

ONE MORE SIDE NOTE – if you have favorites that I missed, shout them out in the comments section so I can snag them and try them next time I pop in!

Greek Feta in the Brine. Trust me, this will change your life. You’ll be buying feta in the brine forever and ever – it’s the best.

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Port Salut – it’s the best soft and creamy cheese for your cheese boards!

Dark Chocolate Caramel Bars!! Actually, you probably shouldn’t get these if you don’t want to eat all of them in one sitting. Addictive doesn’t even come close to describing them,

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Mediterranean Hummus. Easily the best hummus TJ’s has to offer. It’s creamy, smooth and topped with some pine nuts and herbs! I like to stir in a teaspoon or so of fresh lemon juice to get it some extra pop!

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Pizza Dough! Because we can’t always be bothered to make it from scratch!

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Naturally we need Pizza Sauce for the pizza dough! Duh!


Quinoa! I buy it in bulk because I go through about 1 bag a week! They also have red quinoa and tri-color quinoa… so feel free to go crazy and buy them all.


I know I said I don’t buy produce at TJ’s but I make an exception for 2 things… one of which is avocados! I buy them when they are rock hard so they can ripen on my counter at home. And if you need to speed up the ripening process, throw them in a brown lunch bag with a banana! The gas from the banana speeds up the avocado ripening process.


Chocolate Chips!! DUH! There are never less than 10 bags at my house at all times. In case we need cookies, or banana bread, or melted chocolate… better to be safe than sorry!


These roasted red peppers are everything! Because you can use a jar and make this red pepper pasta in 10 minutes flat.


Refried Beans. DUH!! Mandatory for nachos!


Some of my favorite crackers ever – perfect for a cheese board!


Easily the best blue corn tortilla chips on the market. The salt ratio is spot on


THIS Dark Chocolate Bar is basically everything you need in life!


The other produce exception I make at TJ’s is their Broccolini! Mostly because I eat about a pound of it daily and I use it up so quickly!


Cauliflower Pizza Crust! It took me a while to get on the cauliflower pizza train but I’m into it!

TJ’s has the best nuts at super reasonable prices! Their coconut cashews are my go-to 3pm snack!


Tomato Sauce. For when you just can’t bother to make a complicated dinner and whip up a chicken bolognese!


Chocolate Covered Grahams. I mean, enough said!


Balsamic Glaze!! Mandatory for a caprese salad!


Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. Literally my husbands life line.


Quick cooking farro – because with this dinner can be ready in 10 minutes plus a little prep time.


These savory thin mini crackers are THE BEST for dipping in hummus and my homemade tzatziki!


Coconut Milk!!! Because sometimes you gotta make a coconut curry!


Prosciutto – cause we need this for cheese boards!


Fresh Mozzarella. No explanation needed.


THIS is easily one of my favorite vinegars ever. It makes a killer salad dressing!


Don’t tell anyone but sometimes I buy this spinach artichoke dip when I’m too lazy to make it from scratch and claim that it’s homemade. IT’S SO GOOD!  IMG_9411

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. Go-to car food. Also are you noticing a theme? Anything covered with dark chocolate is fair game.


and lastly…. Roasted Corn!!! Use it in all of your recipes that call for corn. It’s loaded with flavor from fire roasting and I want it all day, every day!

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    • Liron

      Love the rice
      Don’t care much for TJ’s. Orange chicken though.

  1. Laura (Untwisted Vintage)

    I love to see other people’s Trader Joe’s lists! How have I missed the fig and olive crisps? I need to try those. I always pick up a bag of limes when I zip through the produce section. One of my favorite indulgences are the frozen chocolate pastries, You let them proof overnight and then bake them. They are perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.

    • Nicole J. Johnson

      Omgooodness!! I purchased them just to try thinking I’d be throwing them away. I sat here and before I knew it with absolutely nothing else ate the entire box. The first through 5 you’re like ehhh hmmm next thing an empty box lol

  2. Catharina

    I live in Germany and I am obsessed with visiting grocery stores in other countries. Will be spending two weeks in LA in January and so much looking to stroll the aisles at TJs. Thanks for your list, will keep that in mind!

  3. Teresa

    TJ Fig Butter – put some with a charcuterie board, Ah-mazing. Also use as a pork tenderloin glaze (mix with Balsamic vinegar).
    Frozen Potstickers – super easy meal with rice and their orange chicken (also frozen) – better than take-out.

  4. Gena Gonzales

    The relatively new garlic spread is amaze-balls! Also the Chicago Style popcorn (caramel & cheddar popcorn) is CRACK addicting!!

  5. Carmen

    I don’t buy produce from TJs for the same reason but I have been OBSESSED with the bagged shishito peppers lately and just cooking them with olive oil and sea salt. Also, the refrigerator section olive tapenade (there’s one in a jar I haven’t tried) is a charcuterie board staple for me along with the fig butter and Le Délice de Bourgogne triple cream cheese.

  6. Claire

    I love the frozen açaí packets for smoothies! Also their unexpected cheddar cheese is my absolute favorite.

    • Jannell

      I love all of the pumpkin products that they have. The pumpkin butter is perfect just the right amount of sweetness.

  7. Hilary

    LOVE Trader Joes! A few favorites include:
    – Any of their popcorns, but especially the olive oil popcorn and the herb popcorn
    – Their dried fruit (unsweetened mango and unsulphured apricots in particular)
    – Trail mix
    – Frozen pork gyoza
    – Their salsas- haven’t had a bad one yet!
    – Their coffee. We’re total coffee snobs and still prefer TJ’s to most local coffee shops. Cheap, fair trade, delicious.
    – Dark chocolate covered pretzels
    – Ginger chews- a blessing for me since I have tons of GI issues
    – Cruciferous crunch mixed with their peanut dressing
    – I agree with others who mentioned the pre-cooked lentils mixed with bruschetta and feta. SO GOOD.
    – Excellent prices on grains- quick cooking farro, quinoa, pasta, etc.
    – Pizza dough

  8. Pam C.

    Buy the frozen almond croissants, let them sit on a baking sheet lined with parchment overnight and bake at 350 for 20 minutes…..they triple in size overnight so leave enough room between them. Better than a French bakery!!!!!! Serve with quiche and strawberries for a delicious brunch.

  9. Molly

    Two things you NEED:

    -Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds w/ Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar
    -Truffle Marcona Almonds

    Will change your life forever.

    Let me know what you think!

  10. Lori Bit

    Multigrain blend with vegetables in the frozen section. Yummy and easy to eat well!

  11. Wendy McConnell

    I love their guacamole and mild salsa. Whenever I buy avocados from there, they are ALWAYS stringy. Not sure what causes that so I don’t buy those from there. (Weird strings grow inside the avocado) Thanks for your post!

  12. Martha

    Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits – they come in a small bag. Warning: they are addictive!

  13. Donna

    THE best ice cream ever!!! They have limited flavors, but they have the best mint chip, chocolate, coffee and let’s not forget cookie butter!!!
    This doesn’t fall under the food category, but their soaps are fantastic ….lavender, oatmeal, verbena. Love them.

  14. mary beth

    You really need to try TJ’s 73% dark belgian covered almonds, don’t think you’ll ever go back to the regular ones!

  15. Sabine Walter

    Purple carrot juice! It’s organic and soooo good when sipped out of a wine glass! I also love the fresh edamame beans, the Persian cucumbers, goat yoghurt (to top my spicy lentils with), and lotsa cheese– especially goat.They have a lot more choices than others and they are actually not as pricy!

  16. Sandy Taylor

    Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread is so good. I buy several loaves at a time and freeze them.

  17. Danita

    Bag of dark chocolate chunks for making cookies. My husband likes the dried ginger for his hot tea. Sumatra Fair trade coffee beans, steel cut oats, potato chips with olive oil, frozen chimichurri rice (I add extra white or brown cooked rice as there is more than enough sauce)

  18. Brittney

    I just moved into a new apartment and TJs is downstairs so this is very timely! Here are some faves:
    -Frozen Gorgonzola Gnocchi- perfect for a quick meal. great with peas or broccoli added in and fresh ground black pepper
    -unsulphered dried apricots
    -Mini Brie bites – 70 cals each, so yummy for a Brie fix
    -rosemary and raisin crisps (great with the Brie!)
    -Single serve packets of manzanilla olives
    -frozen garlic naan – so good toasted with butter
    -gluten free oats – the BEST
    – half salt almonds ( love all of the trail mixes and nuts)
    – mini peanut butter cups – both the milk and dark- soooo addictive and so good
    – mini sheet cake – chocolate with chocolate ganache buttercream icing ( this was the biggest mistake ever to buy because it is literally so good I have to talk myself out of getting it every time)

  19. Veronica

    Trader Joe’s Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream – best coffee ice cream out there!!!

  20. gagibson

    I live near a great (East Coast) farmers’ market, where I, too, buy most of my produce. But I highly recommend Trader Joe’s belgian endive (spoon boursin cheese onto separated leaves for the best, easiest appetizer I know), small persian cucumbers (perfect for refrigerator pickles), leeks (already cleaned and ready to use), bags of lemons and limes (always better quality and at a better price than my local super market’s), and, in season, unusual varieties of figs and apples.
    And I never leave my Trader Joe’s without crumpets, hand-made flour tortillas, brioche, marcona almonds with rosemary, praline pecans, pistachios, cheddar cheese with carmelized onion, salmon dip, and pre-cooked pork belly (just brown until crisp for fabulous tacos, chili, etc.). And it can’t be beat for wine prices.

  21. Amber

    Do you have this list of items in a printable format? Much love to WGC from Nebraska 🙂

  22. Lauri Shifman

    Trader Joes Fresh Bruschetta in the refrigerated section! I love it on so many different things – vegetables, chicken, salmon etc! Rather low in calories too!

    Corn Salsa in a bottle, again it can be used on so many different foods. I love it on salmon and also sometimes use in my guacamole! Great to keep in the house for those unexpected appetizer parties!

  23. Cheryl

    Salted Carmel ice cream and panko bread crumbs. Avoid most of the produce too, but l do buy their lemons, limes, and avocados.

  24. Lea Schor

    I love their bagged brussels sprouts. They are chopped up enevenly so when you sauté them in olive oil some of them get charred. My family loves Brussels sprouts but I hate prepping them. This is so easy and quick to cook since they are small pieces. It makes a sort of hash? They don’t always have them, but when they do, you should try them!

  25. Gail

    Love Trader Joe’s! I always pick up snacks for my grandkids, they adore the hummus (especially Rachel)

  26. Cathleen Hardisty

    What happened to the season lamb chops.? Boy they were absolutely fabulous. I am sooooo sad.

  27. Rob Dee

    I love Trader Joe’s.. Their raisin bread, cornbread mix and frozen meatballs are terrific. We also buy their breaded eggplant patties, meat lasagna, potato salad and dry cereals.
    The one item we purchased recently which was HORRIBLE was their frozen turkey burgers. They were so rubbery and had a nasty taste.

  28. Janet Hughes

    I haven’t noticed anyone mention the Kalamata olive oil. I always have an extra bottle in the pantry so I don’t run out. The fresh English peas are awesome and always added to the Basmati rice medley which is always on my list. I have to add that a trip to Trader Joe’s always includes flowers !! Oh, and don’t forget the 1 lb chocolate bars @ $5.00 !!

  29. JN

    Trader Joe’s is Now Available ONLINE!! Traderjoesonline.com
    I always send Trader Joe’s products to my relatives who don’t live near one and now they can order online and not wait for me. Thought I would share the good news…

  30. Katy Lopez

    -Cowboy Caviar – great with the blue tortilla chips
    -Vegetable Fried Rice in the frozen section is a great quick meal. Bonus if you pick up a rotisserie chicken and add some to the cooked rice. I do add a tad of soy sauce and sometimes some frozen peas and roasted corn to add more veggies.
    -Balsamic Fig Salad Dressing
    -Thai Peanut Salad Dressing (refrigerated in the produce section)
    -Yogurt Smoothie drinks are great for kids
    -Brioche Sliced Bread is perfect for French Toast
    -Thai Chili and Lime Cashews/Almonds are both great chopped up as salad toppers for crunch without crutons
    -The dried Blueberries are so good on a kale salad with toasted almonds and crumbled feta
    -Dried Mango with Chili and Lime, great for snacking
    -Gluten Free Everything Bagels are so good, won’t even know they are gluten free

  31. Anne

    Yikes, they discontinued the orange champagne vinegar….and the California olive oil, it was one of our faves?!

  32. Marla Tracy

    I love so many TJ products but I am missing the TJ brand of ginger pear tea bags! Will they (please oh please) come back soon? It’s my very favorite tea!

  33. Terry Fest

    FROM TRADER JOES: Dark Chocolate Wedges 73% chocolate in round tins by checkout Belgian Cacoa. TO DIE FOR AND GREAT IN THE PURSE
    1. For laundry – sorry but it is a real activity – lavendar pack of softener packets
    2. sponges – the little gold packets that are flat til they are hit with water….
    3. FROZEN organic rice – so helpful when in a hurry for breakfast or lunch
    4. Other marinara sauce in large green can – trader Joe’s is the absolute best