Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend

Chile and lime....together at last!

Oh, that is a bold-faced lie. Chili and lime have been together for years. If not married, they're certainly common-law at this point. I have at least two other containers of limeified chili powder in my pantry, somewhere (I wouldn't be surprised if it were more like four or five)...but when Trader Joe's comes out with a Chile Lime Seasoning Blend, well, we're gonna try it out, cuz that's what we do.

Glad we did...because this blend is different. Most other similar shakers I've had seem to be more along the lines of semi-citrusy seasoned salt. Not here. Really, the dominant flavor is lime...which is a refreshing change up from the norm. It's boldly lime, where lime has never gone before in powdered form. it's remarkable, really. Oh, there's enough heat from the chile coming through, but nothing terribly offensive - it's just enough to make it's presence known. This particular blend also purports itself to be lower in salt than most of it's brethren, which I'd say is probably fairly truthy. But in the end, it's really the lime that's the star of the show here.

Grilled chicken. Fish. Corn on the cob. Veggies. Tofu. Tacos. Salad. Much better on the mango jicama slaw than the dressing the slaw came with. Really, what can't this go on? Well, chocolate ice cream...maybe. Great little pick up for only $1.99. Thumbs up all round from the Shelly clan.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend: 8.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons 

15 comments:

  1. I think I need this for popcorn and nachos. I'm glad to hear your endorsement. :-)

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    1. Popcorn! Didn't think of that. YES.

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  2. Actually, the Food Network Geek in me thinks it may taste great on chocolate ice cream. LOL

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  3. You could make your own flavored tortilla chips with this seasoning

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  4. Have you ever tried Tajin? It's a Mexican chile-lime salt - this sounds very similar! I put Tajin on just about everything from salads to baked potatoes to avocado toast. Love the popcorn idea :)

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    1. Tajin is the bomb diggity. I love it in every layer of a fish taco - on the grilled veggies, on the fried fish, mixed in with the sour cream and/or slaw, and of course sprinkled on top. So good.

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    2. I was going to say this is the exact same thing as Tajin!

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  5. This stuff... OMG! It's good on EVERYTHING! So far we've tried it on pork, pineapple, eggs, tater tots, a spoon...

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  6. I was sad not to see this at my Joe's today. I kept thinking that perhaps they were hiding it in some strange place I didn't think to look.

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  7. It's so popular it sells out in hours when it arrives at our store, and then is weeks until it ships again. It's selling on eBay for $7.50. Glad to hear about Tajin - off to find some!

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  8. I'm putting this s*** on everything: use it to make a tuna salad, on cucumbers, on watermelon, on pineapple. So good. And it is the same as Tajin, which I like but can't always find.

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