Find our family favorites and must-buys at Trader Joe’s in this shopping list. I will share my favorites from pantry staples and snacks, to sauces, produce, frozen and healthy foods!

Trader Joe's Haul with grocery items
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Whenever I share about my Trader Joe’s haul on Instagram stories, I get a so many questions about the things I love to buy there.

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to get weekly grocery. I love that we can not only get produce and dairy, but also so many unique products from around the world that are so flavorful. And they are so reasonable!

So I am finally sharing my must-haves list here. Do bookmark this page, as I plan to keep updating it as I find new products we love!

I love to go for grocery shopping in person. Yes, I know most of you have switched to shopping online. But I love to find new products to try, and also it inspires me to create new recipes.

Also, Trader Joes does not have an online option. So all the more reason to step into the store for grocery shopping 😊


Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers – They are like Fritos, with the Elote seasoning. They are perfect to enjoy with salsa or guacamole. $2.29/9.75oz

Trail Mix Crackers – These make for a perfect snack. They are sweet, savory, crunchy, all at the same time. $2.49/4.5oz.

Trader Joe's Trail Mix Crackers

Spicy Chakri Mix – This Indian-style snack mix, called namkeen, is so good – crunchy and spicy. This mix has chickpea and rice flour sticks, peanuts, and more crunchies, mixed with spices. $3.29/7oz

Trader Joes Spicy Chakri Mix

Sour Cream & Onion Rings –  You will love this healthy variation made using red lentils and rice meal. These baked snacks are gluten free, and wonderfully crunchy. $1.99/2.5oz

Everything But The Bagel Kettle Cooked Potato Chips – As you might have figured out, we love everything but the bagel seasoning. So why not combine that with kettle cooked potato chips, and have a n amazing snack! $2.49/7oz

Trader joes everything but the bagel kettle cooked potato chips


Ezekiel Sprouted Bread – This is one bread with very clean ingredients. It was suggested to me by a follower on Instagram. You might want to freeze it, as it does not keep too long on the counter. But this is totally worth it if you are trying to eat healthy.

Brioche – My kids love this brioche as is, and I love it to make bread pudding.

Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait – Pain Au Lait translates to “Milk Bread”, which is these sweet, moist, brioche-like rolls. I want to say my kids love it again, but actually I love this one just as much.

Everything Ciabatta Rolls – If you enjoy the Everything Seasoning, you are going to love these ciabatta rolls. They are coated with sea salt, dried onions & garlic, along with sesame and poppy seeds. They are just perfect to make sandwiches.

Trader Joe's Everything Ciabatta Rolls

Everything Bagels – These bagels coated with seeds, onion, garlic and salt add so much flavor. They are perfect to enjoy for breakfast and snack.

Corn & Wheat Tortilla – These mini tortillas are soft and delicious – just perfect for tacos. They have minimal ingredients, great flavor of corn, yet flexible to make rolls or wraps.

Corn and wheat tortilla from trader joes


Dorot Crushed Garlic & Ginger Cubes – I love these cubes to make cooking easier. They are frozen in single serve trays, which means you can pop one out and add it to your curry or stir fry. I always stash a couple extra boxes in the freezer!

 Trader Joe's Frozen Crushed Ginger

Masala Veggie Burgers: These Indian spiced burgers are are delicious. The patties are made with potatoes, carrots, corn, bell pepper, along with fragrant spices. $2.50 for 4.

Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers – These burgers are a favorite. They re made with multi-color quinoa (red, white, and black), black beans, corn, red peppers, and lots of seasonings. As a caution, these are soft, so they are not great to heat on the grill, but perfect to heat in a pan or the air fryer! $3.69 for 4.

Thai Chili Burgers – This is a fairly new find suggested by a friend. They are a great variation to the traditional burger patty. These are made from rice, carrots, onions, bell peppers, water chestnuts, mushrooms, etc. 

Garlic Naan – I love garlic naan, but am never inclined to spend the time to make them. These ones at trader joes are just perfect to satisfy my cravings. They can be quickly heated in the air fryer, oven or on the stovetop. $2.29 for 4.

Falafel – When you want a delish meal, and have no time to cook, these falafels come in handy. Pair them with garlic hummus and pita pockets along with salad.

I am also sharing some frozen produce items I love:

  • Petite Green Peas
  • Edmame
  • Spinach
Trader Joe's Petite Green Peas

Here are some desserts that we enjoy:

  • Hold the cone (or Hold the Dairy for a vegan version) – These are mini ice-cream cones to satisfy those sweet cravings.

Dips, Sauces & Spices

Zhoug Sauce (pronounced ZOOg) – This cilantro-based sauce is originally from Yemen, but is very similar to Indian green cilantro chutney. The couple of differences is the use of oil and cardamom in this sauce.

It is slightly spicy, but so vibrant and flavorful and goes well with – really anything. I use it as a spread on toast or in sandwiches and wraps, and use it as a dip for appetizers. 2.99/8oz

Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce

Roasted Garlic Hummus – This is my favorite hummus at Trader joes. With the extra rich flavor from the roasted garlic, it is thick and creamy. Perfect to enjoy with some pita chips.

Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic Hummus

Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip – This dip has been a favorite with kids. The combination of two favorites – greek yogurt and everything seasoning.

Chili Onion Crunch – This chili onion oil has become our favorite. It is similar to hot chili oil, with added onions and garlic.

You can add it on anything to spice it up. Top it on pasta, rice, lentils, sups, or use was a dip for bread.

Trader Joe's Crunchy Chili Onion

Chili Lime Seasoning – This seasoning blend has chili peppers, lime, and salt. It is similar to Tajin. We love it on top of salads, chicken, roasted corn or even fruits such as mango and pineapple!

Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning

Everything but the bagel seasoning – This is a favorite seasoning. We love to top it on egg salad sandwich or avocado toast.

Pantry Staples

Greek Chickpeas (with parsley and cumin) – These flavored chickpeas have all the ingredients for a good hummus minus the tahini. These are great to add to salads or enjoy as a side dish.

Trader Joe's Greek Chickpeas can

Tahini Sauce – Of course, it is fairly easy to make tahini at home. However if you want to buy tahini, we love this one from Trader Joes. Use it in hummus or make a lemon tahini sauce.

Below I am listing the regular staples I always keep in my pantry:

  • Canned black beans
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Italian tomato paste
  • Pasta – Spaghetti, Penne
  • Gnocchi
  • Agave Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cocoa Almond Spread


  • Organic A2 Milk
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • Fresh Tangerine juice
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cheese Slices

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella – These mozzarella balls are marinated in olive oil and herbs such as basil. They are perfect to pair with bread, or add to salads or pasta.

Trader Joe's Fresh Mozzarella

Sliced Mozzarella – We love these to make sandwiches or a delicious Caprese salad.

Trader Joe's Mozarella Cheese Logs

Organic Sprouted Tofu – This comes in twin packs, and is made with sprouted soybeans. which are perfectly sized for 2 meals. $1.99/15.5oz

Sprouted tofu from trader joes


They have GREAT prices on organic products, so I always buy organic if they have it. I’m particularly uptight about buying organic for anything on the Dirty Dozen list and for anything without a peel.

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Mixed Greens
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Pre-shredded Brussels Sprouts
  • Cruciferous Crunch Mix
  • Bell Peppers
  • Mini Sweet Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Salad kits – Mediterranean, Southwestern


  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Avocado (mini)
  • Limes & Lemons
  • Champagne Grapes

I hope you find this list useful when you shop at Trader Joe’s. Do come back as I will be updating this list periodically.

Okay, now you tell me! What are your Trader Joe’s Must-Haves?

In case you are wondering, this is not a sponsored post.

About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. A complete comprehensive list for sure with details. Like others, I get overwhelmed and this helps a great list. I noticed many on your list are not organic so I wonder 🤔 how to substitute? Thanks as always.

    1. Hi Arun – Feel free to buy organic fruits, veggies, dairy as you prefer. Trader joes is typically good with organic options.

  2. Thanks for the list! I love their masala burgers too, but they don’t actually have peas in them, which is great for us as we have a family member with an allergy, and many spicy potato foods with Indian flavors do have peas; also, many other vegeburgers (and other prepared products) have pea protein in them.

  3. I have so many friends that rave about Trader Joe’s but I just walk around and don’t know what to buy!!
    No more!! I am anxious to go to the US very soon and try some of the things on this great list…

    Thank you Meeta!!

  4. I love the peanut vinaigrette – you can use it as a sauce for stir fry’s. I like it spicy so I add sriracha to the sauce

  5. This is a great list! Heading the Trader Joe’s this week to get things of your list. Also if you could share some quick recipes using these ingredients will be great