23 Of The Best Trader Joe’s Recipes Ever

Trader Joe’s is a grocery store chain known for stocking some amazingly unique products that delight customers with their low prices.

If you want to find some truly unique ingredients and foods that you can whip up at home, then Trader Joe’s is definitely the place to go! 

23 Of The Best Trader Joe’s Recipes Ever

However, what do you actually do with your new and quirky ingredients once you have got a hold of them? What kinds of recipes can you use them in, and how do you put them together? 

If you want to make the most of your next trip to Trader Joe’s, then you will definitely want to keep reading down below, because we have searched the internet to find our 23 favorite Trader Joe’s recipes that you will totally adore!

1. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that you can do some very surprising and exciting things with Brussels sprouts.

There are so many unique ways that you can cook them, and many of them can help to elevate their flavor to new heights.

In fact, we would venture so far as to say that this balsamic recipe is good enough even to convert any sprout-haters amongst you! Best of all, the recipe can be made entirely from ingredients purchased at Trader Joe’s!

2. Better-Than-Trader Joe’s Pancakes

Trader Joe’s own brand of delicious, moreish, and fluffy pancakes are already totally amazing, but what if they could be even better? With this recipe, you can elevate Trader Joe’s pancakes to greater heights, and create pancakes that need to be tasted to be believed! 

With just a few extra ingredients from the store, you can create pancakes that you will not soon forget!

3. Easy Wonton Soup

Wonton soup is a frequent favorite from Chinese takeout restaurants across the country, but with this recipe, you can easily make it for yourself, with very little effort needed! 

The list of ingredients is also incredibly simple, so you can also make your next trip to Trader Joe’s a short one.

This recipe strongly recommends picking up the chicken cilantro wontons from Trader Joe’s frozen aisle. They are so good!

4. Vegetarian Chili Nachos

We’ve never tasted nachos quite like this before, and we just know that you will love the flavor combinations included here. Everything seems to come together so effortlessly that it’s almost magical.

Best of all, the ingredients used within this dish are easy to buy from Trader Joe’s and can easily be cooked up in no time.

It’s also perfect for vegetarians, making it a great dish to cook up if hosting guests of various dietary needs!

5. Chicken And Vegetable Curry

The ingredients from Trader Joe’s used to cook up this amazing and magical curry are totally delightful, and incredibly fragrant and delicious.

You’ll have no trouble not only finding the right ingredients but also cooking them all up together to create a curry dish that is healthy and totally satisfying.

6. Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Ever found yourself craving the flavor combinations of classic shawarma, but want to enjoy them in an easier form without having to wrap them up in flatbread? Then you will likely love this simple recipe that actually makes use of Trader Joe’s own unique ready-marinated chicken to create shawarma bowls that taste exactly as you’d expect, though with a few extra surprises!

7. Battered Fish Nugget Tacos

This recipe actually comes directly from Trader Joe’s themselves, so you know that you are in good hands. It’s amazing just how well these seemingly disparate ingredients come together.

The tender texture of the fish nuggets pairs beautifully with the ordinary taco ingredients so that every bite is deeply enriching and incredibly satisfying.

Best of all, you can purchase all of the necessary ingredients for only $10, making it great for tight budgets!

8. Classic Pepperoni Calzone

If you’re a fan of a classic calzone, then you will probably be delighted to hear that it is incredibly easy to create one of your very own with only a few ingredients, and a little bit of ingenuity. 

With just $10 worth of ingredients, you can cook up a perfect pepperoni calzone that will easily fill up four.

This makes it great if you need to feed your whole family without spending too much. 

It’s simple, but oh so effective.

9. Soy Chorizo Breakfast Sandwich

Chorizo is a great ingredient to add to a breakfast sandwich, thanks to its incredibly meaty flavor, and thanks to this incredible recipe, even those on a vegan diet will be able to experience the savory delights of a breakfast sandwich without having to break their diet.

We were so impressed with the surprisingly meaty flavor of the Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, and this recipe soon became a total highlight of our morning routines.

We couldn’t wait to wake up each morning to enjoy another.

10. Spicy Maple Candied Pecans

Pecans taste totally incredible when cooked up with some sweet flavors, but did you know that they also taste totally incredible when combined with a little bit of spice?

If this amazing and slightly fiery recipe isn’t enough to convince you, then we are not sure what will. This recipe is easy to put together and takes very little time.

It’s also perfect for anyone on a vegan, gluten-free, or paleo diet, as it only contains four ingredients. It’s remarkably simple and yet so deep in flavor!

11. Tortellini Soup

Only 3 ingredients are needed to help bring this recipe to fruition.

One of the highlights of this particular recipe is that it makes use of a vodka sauce that has a totally unique flavor profile that has to be tasted to be believed.

When it is combined with the tortellini and the spinach, it becomes truly out of this world. 

This is one of the easiest recipes yet on this list, so try it out if you want something simple and effective. 

12. Turkey Bacon Ranch Bowls

One sheet pan is all you need to bring this recipe to fruition.

The combination of ingredients used here is incredibly effective, and they each bring out the best in one another as they all roast together.

The inclusion of avocado oil helps to ensure that the ingredients become slightly crispy, but also have an incredibly natural flavor that makes them taste all the better. 

And don’t forget to drizzle the end result in some tasty ranch sauce to help give it a slightly tangy kick to make it all the more magical.

13. Mediterranean Pizza

Bored of ordinary pizzas that seem to taste exactly the same every time you have them? Then why not spice things up by adding in some Mediterranean flavor? With this recipe, in no time you will be creating a pizza the likes of which you have never experienced, and that has flavor combinations you likely will have only dreamed of! 

And despite being stuffed to the brim with unique ingredients and flavor combinations, this pizza won’t take you very long to make at all, and won’t cost you the earth! 

14. Jackfruit Enchiladas

Never tried jackfruit before? Then prepare to have your mind totally blown by this amazing recipe.

Jackfruit is a perfect meat alternative that has proven a staple of vegan diets thanks to the fact that it has a texture very similar to pulled meat!

This means that jackfruit is also perfect for creating delectable vegetarian and vegan enchiladas.

And if you’re concerned about finding out where to grab jackfruit, rest assured that Trader Joe’s eclectic selection of ingredients has you covered!

15. Vegan Cauliflower Gnocchi With Pesto

One of Trader Joe’s most popular unique items in their product selection is the fabulous cauliflower gnocchi, which has become renowned for its unique texture and its incredible sense of flavor.

The outer edge of the gnocchi quickly becomes very crispy, while the inner contents remain soft and satisfying.

This recipe will show you how to serve the gnocchi in a unique way that combines it with broccoli and a large helping of pesto, giving it an Italian-inspired flavor that makes it incredibly tough to resist. 

16. Cauliflower Gnocchi Nachos

Don’t think we’re done waxing lyrical about Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi just yet! This recipe will show you that cauliflower gnocchi can also make a perfect replacement for tortilla chips to create a nacho dish that is sure to go down as an absolute treat! 

The way the crunchiness of the outer edge of the gnocchi contrasts with the soft inner section helps to ensure that the intense flavors of the dips aren’t the only thing that proves to be heavenly. 

This recipe will also show you how to season the gnocchi bites so that they taste incredible with the dips or without!

17. Chicken And Cauliflower Gnocchi Soup

Okay, we promise we’ll let up on the cauliflower gnocchi love eventually, but let this recipe stand as a testament to just how versatile these bites of goodness can prove to be! Cauliflower gnocchi is surprisingly absorbent, and very quickly you will find that each bite has easily soaked in the flavor of the soup.

And this is to go without mentioning how amazing the soup itself is! The chicken flavors and combination of herbs and vegetables are totally stunning, and make for a fantastic meal to enjoy during the colder winter months!

18. Hummus Toast And Everything Bagel Seasoning

Everything bagel seasoning is perhaps one of the greatest inventions of recent years.

The simple seasoning mix is made up of a combination of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, onion, and salt, to create a mix that can easily be added to countless dishes to create flavors you wouldn’t expect. 

Combining this seasoning with this hummus toast recipe creates a flavor experience that is perfect for an early morning breakfast.

The flavors will not only wake up your palate but will also have you feeling energized and fueled for the day ahead. 

19. Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board

You can easily make any dinner party go off without a hitch thanks to Trader Joe’s, as this recipe will easily show.

A platter of very simple, but delightfully rich ingredients comes together here to create a dish that is easy to share amongst countless guests. 

Best of all, the ingredients are easy to source at your local Trader Joe’s, so you can very easily put this dish together yourself.

And best of all, thanks to Trader Joe’s commitment to affordable prices, you won’t find yourself spending too much just to create it for yourself! 

20. Mongolian Ground Beef And Noodles

Rich and meaty ground beef is combined here with an incredible sauce totally unlike anything you have ever tasted before! The sauce makes use of salty and sweet flavor combinations, and also adds a unique umami flavor that ensures you will be craving it long after you first put this recipe together.

The ground beef is totally incredible enough on its own but can be made to taste even better by serving it up alongside a bed of soft noodles or rice.

Rice and noodles will easily absorb the sauce, so you can be sure that every single bite you take will delight your taste buds.

Add a small helping of sesame seeds and chopped spring onions to the top of the recipe to carry the flavor even further. 

21. Curry Tempeh Stir Fry

If you have never tried tempeh before, then we just know that this recipe will have you loving it (see also ‘23 Delicious Tempeh Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Tofu!‘)! Tempeh is renowned for its soft and cake-like texture, so cooking it up alongside some Thai-style curry sauce is a recipe for success.

Once the recipe is put together, every bite will be exploding with flavor, and you’ll have a very hard time resisting the urge to go back for seconds!

This $10 recipe is totally full of surprises, and is incredibly filling, making it perfect for a midweek meal for the whole family to enjoy!

22. Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Trader Joe’s stocks a totally awesome feta salad dressing in their stores that totally deserves to be served alongside the right ingredients, and this recipe will help you to create a perfect flavor combination that is well suited to the task.

The slightly smoky flavor of the grilled chicken contrasts beautifully with the creaminess of the dressing and the fresh salad ingredients that also populate the finished dish help to make the dish easy and satisfying to eat.

23. Air Fryer Green Beans

There are so many amazing things you can do with the humble air fryer, and this recipe will show you one of the very best things that you can achieve with it.

All of the ingredients for this recipe can be found at your local Trader Joe’s, and you can easily get them all for an incredibly low price that might even surprise you!

This is one of the simplest recipes on this list, but also one of our absolute favorites!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Most Popular Item Sold At Trader Joe’s? 

There is a massive selection of incredibly popular products that are sold at Trader Joe’s, including cauliflower gnocchi, but easily the most popular and highest-selling product is the mandarin orange chicken, which is renowned for its satisfying flavor and easy freezing method.

Why Are Trader Joe’s So Small?

Trader Joe’s stores tend to be much smaller than other grocery stores, but this is so that they can more easily serve local customers who may not be able to travel greater distances to larger grocery stores!

Why Do they Ring The Bell At Trader Joe’s?

The reason you may often hear the ringing of a bell while at Trader Joe’s is that there is no PA system, so team members communicate with one another via bell ringing in certain patterns, not dissimilar to Morse code!

23 Of The Best Trader Joe’s Recipes Ever

23 Of The Best Trader Joe’s Recipes Ever

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Trader Joe’s is one of the best stores to visit for low-cost goods, but what are some of the best dishes you can make with their products? Let’s find out!

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