Trader Joe's New Elote Seasoning Might Be Better Than Everything Bagel Seasoning

There. We said it.

February 19, 2020
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Allison Underhill

If you’re like us, you keep your kitchen well-stocked with just about every spice blend imaginable. For the longest time, Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning held the prize spot on our shelf. But now, Trader Joe’s has a new seasoning you’re going to want to clear some space in your pantry for ASAP.

The grocery chain recently launched a brand-new Everything but the Elote Seasoning Blend that mimics all the crave-worthy flavors you’d find on elote — minus the corn itself. The seasoning mix is a blend of salt, chili pepper, Parmesan cheese, chipotle powder, cumin and dried cilantro, plus TJ’s threw in some corn flour and cane sugar to mimic that sweet corn taste.

If you’ve never heard of elote, you might be wondering how in the world all the bold flavors and textures in this seasoning blend can work together in harmony. Elote is a popular Mexican street food consisting of grilled sweet corn (usually on a stick) that has been smothered in mayo or crema and coated with grated Parmesan or cotija cheese, chili powder and lime juice. It’s salty yet sweet, spicy yet tangy and the perfect portable snack.

We were particularly intrigued by the Everything but the Elote blend because we haven’t seen anything like it since Trader Joe’s released its cult-favorite Everything but the Bagel blend in 2017. In case you missed it, the Everything but the Bagel seasoning is so popular that it was voted as the number one favorite product by Trader Joe’s customers in 2019.

However, we have a feeling the Everything but the Elote seasoning could give the beloved Everything Bagel blend a run for its money this year.

We got our hands on a few jars of this spicy new seasoning blend and immediately tried it with, well, everything. We sprinkled it on hard-boiled eggs, plain potato chips and popcorn, and upon first taste we got strong notes of smoky chipotle spices, followed by a sweet aftertaste that lingers. The blend added an enjoyably spicy depth to our favorite snacks, and we’re already imagining the ways it can liven up dishes like fajitas or stuffed peppers.

Trader Joe’s recommends using Everything but the Elote to season chicken tenders and cornbread, and Instagram users have already gotten creative with the versatile blend, adding its kick of spice to everything from yogurt dip to pancakes.

Itching to try the Everything but the Elote Seasoning Blend for yourself? Swing by your nearest Trader Joe’s and head to the spice section. The seasoning mix retails for $2.49 per 2.3-ounce jar. If you’re into the flavors, we suggest making actual elote — this easy recipe from Food Network Magazine makes it a breeze.

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