What Chefs Buy at Trader Joe's

Molly Yeh, Nancy Fuller, Jeff Mauro and more share their go-to Trader Joe finds.

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Bamba Peanut Snacks

“I crush the Bamba Peanut Snacks over pad thai or just eat them like cereal — don’t judge!”

-Spike Mendelsohn, Vim & Victor, Springfield, VA

Hot & Sweet Jalapenos

“The Hot & Sweet Jalapeños are perfectly balanced and crisp — they’re great on everything.”

-Jeff Mauro, co-host of The Kitchen

Broccoli & Kale Pizza Crust

“My family loves the Broccoli & Kale Pizza Crust. We add shaved cauliflower, sumac-dressed kale and goat cheese.”

-Jeramie Robison, City Hall Bistro, Dallas

100% Greek Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil

“Trader Joe’s does great olive oil. Their top-of-the-line stuff, like the 100% Greek Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is perfect for finishing dishes.”

-Anne Burrell, co-host of Worst Cooks in America

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

“When I work long hours without eating, the Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds fuel me.”

-Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, Charleston, SC

Organic Balsamic & Fig Dressing

“The Organic Balsamic & Fig Dressing is great on salads, and I love using it as a marinade for grilled pork chops.”

-Matt Abdoo, Pig Beach, Brooklyn

Speculoos Cookie Butter

“I’m addicted to the Speculoos Cookie Butter. I’ve used it in sauce for bread pudding and in filling for king cake.”

-Mike Brewer, Copper Vine, New Orleans

Tarte d’Alsace

“We love the Tarte d’Alsace, a take on tarte flambée. We ignore the cooking instructions and heat it on a pizza stone.”

-Sayat and Laura Ozyilmaz, Noosh, San Francisco

Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

“Fresh is best, unless you’re stressed! The Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions are one of my favorite apps for cocktail parties.”

-Nancy Fuller, judge on Spring Baking Championship

Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic

“The Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic is a fabulous dip for unexpected guests.”

-Brian Riggenbach, The Mockingbird, Nashville

Gluten Free Norwegian Crispbread

“The Gluten Free Norwegian Crispbread is a great base for canapés or avocado toast.”

-Franklin Becker, La Central, New York City

Just Coconut Chunks

“I’m obsessed with the frozen Just Coconut Chunks for smoothies. So satisfying!”

-Katie Lee, co-host of The Kitchen

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

“I’m a sucker for a good dip, and Trader Joe’s makes the best Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip I’ve ever had.”

-Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philadelphia

Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend

“I’ve been making a dried portobello powder from scratch in my restaurants for years, but now I skip that step at home and use the Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend.”

-Christopher Gross, Geordie’s, Phoenix

Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

“With some fresh vegetables, the Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip is the perfect healthy snack after a long shift.”

-Leigh Omilinsky, Bellemore, Chicago

¡Mango! ¡Mango! Fruit & Yogurt Gummy Candies

“I can inhale a bag of the ¡Mango! ¡Mango! Fruit & Yogurt Gummy Candies in one sitting.”

-Natalie Saben, Pacific Standard Time, Chicago


“I use the Mirepoix (prechopped carrots, onions and celery) to get a slow-cooker soup going or prepare a Bolognese.”

-Jose Guerrero, ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop, Denver

Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

“I love getting Trader Joe’s care packages from loved ones. I turn the Chocolate Brooklyn Babka into French toast.”

-Lisa Marie White, Thompson, Nashville

Cauliflower Gnocchi

“I sauté the Cauliflower Gnocchi in oil and butter. When the butter browns a bit, I add a squeeze of lemon juice, freshly grated parmesan and flaked sea salt.”

-Tyler Anderson, Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern, Simsbury, CT

Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend

“I top smoothies and oatmeal with the Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend. It looks like earthy sprinkles!”

-Molly Yeh, host of Girl Meets Farm