Even if you don’t follow football, you can tell when the Super Bowl is coming. Grocery stores everywhere embrace the pinnacle of football food season, and we’re stoked about all the best Trader Joe’s Super Bowl snacks available this year.
Sure, there’s football. But we all know what the Super Bowl is really about: the food. And the commercials. But mostly the food. Supermarket end caps become veritable walls of tortilla chips. In the aisles, you’re met with salsas as far as the eye can see. If you’re nearsighted. But it’s still a lot of salsa.
We love the classics, like wings and dogs, but Trader Joe’s, unsurprisingly, has diverse offerings for a truly memorable day of eating. Get ready to fill your cart with Breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds, Peanut Butter Caramel Corn, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and more.
13 Best Trader Joes Super Bowl Snacks
1. Breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds, $4.99 for 16 ounces
Although, we would absolutely sell out our hometown team if that’s what it took to enjoy these battered and fried chunks of cheddar. What can we say? Our allegiance is apparently worth $4.99 per box.
2. Seasoned Corn Ribs, $3.99 for 16 ounces
Herbivorous football fans, rejoice! No need to stick to that crudité platter while your carnivore friends indulge in ribs. These corn ribs are a tasty alternative that offers the experience of eating meat ribs without any of the meat.
Seasoned with salt, oil, and plant-based butter, these ribs are gluten-free, vegan, and so tasty they’ll have the meat-eaters trying to fight you for them. Sure, they’re loaded up on protein, but you’re scrappy.
3. Mini Tacos, $5.99 for 17.5 ounces
Trader Joe’s offers two versions of mini tacos – beef and chicken – that are a perfect hand-held pouch of flavor for game day antics.
They’re made with small corn tortillas and filled with a mix of meat and green salsa, because TJ’s knows that we’re obviously gonna load these puppies up with salsa anyway.
4. Salsa Verde Flavored Corn Tortilla Chips, $2.99 for 9 ounces
Picture this: the game is neck and neck. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. You’re starving, and you can smell those salty, corny tortilla chips on a paper plate balanced on your lap. You grab a chip, look down quickly to aim into your salsa, and you hear screaming and cheering.
You missed that legendary moment, all because you had to dip. Never again. Trader Joe’s has already infused the flavor of salsa verde with these white corn tortilla chips. Talk about working smarter, not harder.
5. Peanut Butter Caramel Coated Popcorn, $3.79 for 6 ounces
We’re dessert people, but even we aren’t about to fix ourselves a plate with cake, find a fork, and then maybe scoop some ice cream on top. At least not until after the game.
Until then, a few (hundred) fistfuls of this popcorn will absolutely do the trick. Popcorn starts out great, and then TJ’s coats it not once, but twice, first in tapioca and cane sugar and then with salted peanut butter. We will be grazing on these sweet and salty nubs of crunchy goodness for the whole game and then some.
6. Organic Cacio E Pepe Puffs, $2.49 for 4.9 ounces
Don’t you hate it when you go to sit down to a nice Italian dinner, and instead it’s your brother’s couch and he’s hosting the Super Bowl party? Cacio E Pepe is a tried and true pairing of cheese and pepper, and these puffs take cheddar, Romano, and black pepper into the realm of snacking.
If you want to watch the game but still enjoy the taste of Italy’s fine dining, Trader Joe’s Cacio E Pepe Puffs might have Nonna rolling over in the grave, but definitely have us making multiple trips to the kitchen to reload.
7. Mac and Cheese Bites, $3.99 for 10 ounces
Trader Joe’s did it. They took mac and cheese and made it better. With a blend of cheddar, Havarti, Swiss, cream cheese, Monterey Jack, and Pecorino Romano, the base mac and cheese of these balls is legendary.
And that’s even before they’re breaded in panko and fried. For millennia, families have been ripped apart by the debate of whether to eat mac and cheese with a fork or spoon. As it turns out, the answer was hands all along. Now we can heal.
8. Guacasalsa, $3.99 for 10 ounces
Countless love stories have been written, and none of them will ever hold a candle to the marriage of guacamole and salsa. The combination of tomatillo salsa and guacamole will not only satisfy your palate and save room on your plate, but will make you believe in true love.
Romeo and Juliet? They both died, and never fed anyone. This stuff can feed a crowd and won’t distract you with trying to remember what the heck iambic pentameter is and if it was really worth it, Shakespeare?
9. Crunchy Chili Onion Hummus, $3.99 for 10 ounces
On a day of greasy finger food and batter-coated goods, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a platter of fresh vegetables. There is something criminal, however, about not offering a tasty dip option (or 50) to accompany those celery sticks.
Hummus is a great start, but the addition of TJ’s legendary Crunchy Chili Onion gives it a pop of garlic, onion, and spicy red chili that juuuuuust might have you reach past the wings and for the carrots.
10. Sweet Cannoli Dip, $3.99 for 8 ounces
We have the utmost respect for a trailblazer, and a sweet option in the primarily savory world of dips is no exception. Do we love our spinach artichoke? Our seven-layers? Of course we do. But when the sweet tooth cries out for some attention, Sweet Cannoli Dip answers the call.
The sweet vanilla, cream cheese, sour cream, and ricotta spread lets you maintain the chips-and-dip energy of the Super Bowl party but give your mouth a break from the rest of that salty, spicy food.
11. Southwest Style Chicken Quesadillas, $4.49 for 12 ounces
Football is all about teamwork. And, regardless of who you’re rooting for, there’s no team stronger than that of flour tortillas, Monterey and pepper jack cheese, chicken, vegetables, and black beans.
Just try and contain your excitement when you think about walking into a Super Bowl party and seeing these quesadillas cut into triangles and fanned out for the taking. Touchdown!
12. Parmesan Pastry Pups, $4.99 for 10.5 ounces
Pigs in blankets are good, but TJ’s said, “how can we take good and make it great?” The answer, as it almost always does, involves cheese and puff pastry.
These mini hot dogs are wrapped in flaky pastry, sprinkled with parm, and ready for you to throw into the oven and consume by the hundreds.
13. Buffalo Chicken Dip, $4.99 for 12 ounces
IN: buffalo chicken flavor. OUT: your garbage can becoming a graveyard for eight million napkins covered in buffalo sauce.
A buffalo wing is fantastic, but so is efficiency, and we hate to have to choose. This Buffalo Chicken Dip combines the flavor of buffalo chicken with cream cheese, sour cream, and Monterey Jack cheese into one scoopable, mixable, drinkable-if-you-try-really-hard, must-have addition to your Super Bowl spread.
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