Products: Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers – $1.99+; Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip – $2.49+
I wish I could write a love letter to Trader Joe’s. Quite honestly.
So often, the snack foods or vegan/vegetarian foods that most people can eat…I can’t. Because I can’t have gluten. And so often, some sort of gluten containing ingredient works its way into said snack foods or food items.
But…Trader Joe’s seems to hold the market…and that’s what keeps me coming back time and time again. While normally I don’t do queso dip…my roommate spotted this awhile back at Trader Joe’s…and as it was clearly marked gluten-free…she asked if we could go ahead and get it. For blog purposes, of course. Which is easy for her to say…because she’s not the one who has to type it. But…she rarely asks for a product while we are out grocery shopping, so I agreed and promised I would come up with something to use it with.
And then it sat in the pantry. And sat. And sat. And every time I contemplated using it in something, I would find something else to use. And so…it continued to sit on the pantry shelf.
A couple weeks ago, my roommate spotted yet another item while we ducked into Trader Joe’s. This time, the Organic Corn Chip Dippers. Basically, organic Fritos. They were even labeled gluten-free, so once again, who was I to say no. I was certain I could find a dish to pair them with.
And then…I didn’t.
My roommate is now obsessed with sliders. Why? Because I made these little mini meatball sub sliders and now…everything she wants this week is in slider form. It’s a fun way to use some produce and get a bit creative in the kitchen. Tonight, I was making a gluten-free black bean and soy chorizo (using Trader Joe’s vegan and gluten-free chorizo) sliders, which I placed on toasted Udi’s Seeded Whole Grain Dinner Rolls with some fresh vegetables from my CSA bin. But, two little sliders, while still a decent dinner…needed something to go with it.
And after some quick thinking and a peek into the pantry…Trader Joe’s took over my dinner plates.
I’ll start with the Organic Corn Chip Dippers. As I stated before, these are basically a healthier and more natural Frito corn chip. The difference between these and Fritos is that Trader Joe’s version of these corn chips have no preservatives, no trans fats, and no chemicals baked into them. They aren’t greasy like Fritos are, leaving no oily residue behind on my fingers. And the ingredients list is super short: corn, sunflower oil, salt. Three ingredients. That’s all. So right there, they won me over. These chips are perfect for dipping, sturdy enough to hold a goopy scoop of queso cheese dip without busting apart or crumbling under the weight. And they aren’t overly salty either. Which, I do appreciate, because it lets the crisp, earthy flavor of the corn in these chips really shine. Perfectly flavored and great tasting.
As for nutritional information on the Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers, a serving is 28 grams (or about 10 chips). This serving will set you back only 160 calories. You will be taking in 10 grams of fat in this serving, which is a bit high, but these are chips…so keep that in mind. And much of that fat is a result of the sunflower oil, so at least it is a healthy fat. These chips also have only 160 mg of sodium. Not bad for a chip, right?
So, just because they are organic doesn’t mean they are healthy. Stick to a serving, and you’ll be enjoying a better-for-you corn chip dipper. Way better and way more flavorful than Fritos.
And, naturally, I decided to pair these chips with the Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip that had just been begging for me to open it up since I bought it. And now I wonder why I had waited so long to do so.
Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip is the perfect dip for nachos. It’s super cheesy flavored with a nice spicy kick that isn’t too much. Even my roommate, who is a spice wimp, raved about the queso. I think she liked it better than my black bean and soy chorizo burgers, to be honest. Bold flavors and a hint of spice make any queso amazing. But what really makes Trader Joe’s queso stand out is that a serving of 2 tablespoons has…are you ready for this?…only 15 calories. This is NOT a joke, my friends. Only 15 calories. For cheesy queso dip. I swear to the food gods! Don’t believe me? Go to your local Trader Joe’s and find this cheese dip and see for yourself. You realize, then, that the entire jar only would set you back 165 calories…which is what usually 2 tablespoons of regular queso would set you back. Um…AWESOME! That being said, a 2 tablespoon serving will only contains 0.5 grans of fat and 130 mg of sodium. This is beyond amazing. If you are tired of salsa and guacomole isn’t what you’re craving, then do pick up a jar of Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip because with these nutritional facts, paired with the amazing flavor…you can’t go wrong.
Addictive. And a perfect snack or side dish to a meal. That’s what Trader Joe’s provides with Organic Corn Chip Dippers and Queso Cheese Dip. I was blown away. So, if I were to pen a love letter to Trader Joe’s…it would simply say:
I love the food you are able to provide for me when other stores fail to do so.
It’s the truth. And when the food is beyond my expectations and tastes amazing…even better.
Thank you, Trader Joe’s.