The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Groceries You Should Get for the Super Bowl
Raise your hand if you’re going to (or hosting) a Super Bowl party this weekend just for the food? You can’t see me, but I’m raising both of my hands! (I used to say I cared about watching the commercials, too, but I feel like they haven’t been funny or interesting these last few years. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments below!) I can’t even tell you who’s actually playing, but I can tell you what I’m going to be eating — lots of little bites from Trader Joe’s. See, the quirky store is basically THE place to go for Super Bowl snacks, thanks to its stock of top-notch ready-to-eat dips, frozen apps, and interesting chips.
Here are the best Super Bowl snacks to get at Trader Joe’s — whether you care about the game or not. (And especially if you don’t!)
1. Spinach Sour Cream Dip, $3.49 for 11 ounces
I was once part of an official taste test of all the dips that Trader Joe’s has to offer and this creamy spinach dip won the top spot. It’s just like the classic Knorr’s pouch that you know and love, without all the DIY effort. It even has water chestnuts for a little added crunch.
Read more: The Best Dips You’re Overlooking at Trader Joe’s
2. Spinach & Artichoke Dip, $2.99 for 8.8 ounces
If you prefer a hot spinach dip option (the one featured above is served cold) or just want to double up, this is the way to go. Pro tip: Transfer it to a pretty oven-safe dip, sprinkle it with some Parmesan cheese, and put it under the broiler until it gets nice and bubbly.
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3. Buffalo Chicken Dip, $4.99 for 12 ounces
Buffalo chicken dip is practically mandatory for a Super Bowl party. This stuff, with decent-sized chunks of chicken and lots of flavor, is honestly just as good as the homemade versions I’ve tried (sorry, Stef!).
4. 3-Layer Hummus, $3.49 for 12 ounces
For those who don’t want to eat spoonfuls of sour cream, this hummus is a little more virtuous. The top layer is traditional and then, as you work your way down, you get spicy hummus and zesty cilantro. Don’t forget the baby carrots!
5. Parmesan Pastry Pups, $4.49 for 12
These Pastry Pups are like the big sister to pigs in a blanket! They’re uncured mini beef franks wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Fancy!
6. Mac and Cheese Bites, $3.99 for 10
Fact: It’s easier to eat a mac and cheese bite while sitting on the couch than it is to eat regular mac and cheese. (The plates! The forks! The balancing act!) If you happen to have an air fryer, these cook up incredibly crispy. Although honestly, I’ve gotten great results making these in a conventional oven, too.
7. Organic Cheese & Tomato Pizza, $5.99
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest days of the year for pizza joints all around the country. Skip the waiting time and pick up this family-sized pizza for your crew. You can cut it into little squares and it becomes just as appetizer-y as anything else on this list.
8. Party Size Mini Meatballs, $4.99 for 20 ounces
A Super Bowl tradition among my friends: Dump mini meatballs into a slow cooker with equal parts salsa and grape jelly. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
9. Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels, $3.29 for 9.25 ounces
Did you know that Trader Joe’s makes a meatless version of its iconic Mandarin Orange Chicken? They do! Grab a bag in case you have any vegetarians coming over.
10. Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers, $2.29 for 9.75 ounces
You can’t forget the chips/vessels to get those dips from bowl to mouth! While Trader Joe’s has no shortage of chip options, I vote for these corn chips, which are salty and spicy and sturdy enough to hold up against even the chunkiest guacamole.
What are you picking up at Trader Joe’s for the Super Bowl?