Imagine if you could prepare for the Super Bowl with just one trip to the grocery store. Thanks to Trader Joe’s, you totally can. From your game-day basics such as chips and dips to heartier fare to get your guests through halftime and beyond, this accessible, vegan-friendly grocer stocks everything you need. Pile your cart with these 14 game day essentials to feed everyone from a party of one to a super-sized Super Bowl bash. 

 
 
 
 
 
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1. Chips and Dips
No game day spread is complete without a smorgasbord of chips and dips. Go for your basic tortilla chips or be a little extra with TJ’s plantain chips or the new Dark Russett Kettle Potato Chips. The store has plenty of salsa options to choose from including the affordable $1.69 Thick & Chunky to the corn-and-bean mix of Cowboy Caviar. You’ll find ready-made guac and an assortment of hummus flavors in the prepared foods section. In desperate situations, we could survive off these dips alone and be perfectly content. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Savory Banana and Nut Mix
Step up the obligatory mixed nuts game with this spiced trail mix-esque snack. It’s made with green bananas that offer a surprisingly savory component, as opposed to the expected sweet crunch. Fill up all of your snack bowls with this addictive mix and pair with a few vegan beers. 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Beer Bread Mix
Just add beer and non-dairy butter (TJ’s also sells Miyoko’s vegan butter)! This hoppy bread is moist, crumbly, and customizable. Virtually any beer works, and you can add a few extra ingredients to amp up the flavor. Try sprinkling it with chopped jalapeños or vegan cheddar cheese shreds. Pair with a steaming bowl of vegan chili or enjoy with a vegan brew. 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Vegan Jackfruit Cakes
You won’t find Impossible or Beyond Meat patties at your humble TJ’s, but this friendly neighborhood grocer offers its own unique spin on the classic burger. These jackfruit cakes are tender and meaty and they crisp up perfectly on a skillet. Serve with your favorite burger accouterments or offer a more exotic spin by pairing them with warmed Trader Joe’s Green Curry Simmer Sauce. 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Pizza Dough
Toss together party-sized vegan pizzas or create a make-your-own-pizza station with the help of this reliable, store-bought dough. All three flavor variations—Plain, Whole Wheat, and Garlic & Herb—are vegan-friendly. Grab a jar of the store’s name brand pizza sauce, a few veggies, and a bag of shredded vegan mozzarella on your way to the checkout line. 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Mini Vegetable Samosas
A Super Bowl party calls for fried foods, and these snack-sized samosas are a step above the basic fare. Serve them hot as your guests arrive or during the halftime show. They’re great dipped into Trader Joe’s Mango Ginger Gourmet Chutney.

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Chicken-less Crispy Tenders & Mandarin Orange Morsels
If your guests include a mixed company of vegans and omnivores, it’s best to stock up on meatier options. Trader Joe’s has you covered with these sticky-sweet orange chicken(less) bites as well as shareable classic vegan chicken strips. 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
No need to labor away peeling potatoes. Pop these perfectly seasoned sweet potato fries into the oven and you’re golden—as are the fries. 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Joe-Joe’s
A word of caution—while the original chocolate, vanilla, and mango varieties of these creme-filled cookies are all vegan, the gluten-free versions are not. Steer clear of the gluten-free boxes, and then feel free to go through an entire sleeve of Joe-Joe’s throughout the game—we’ve done it before and we’re not ashamed. 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Caramel Corn
Don’t let the name deter you—this sweet-and-salty treat doesn’t contain any animal ingredients. Buy a few more bags than you think you’ll need because your guests will steadily paw through this airy snack before the first quarter is up. 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. Chocolate Hummus
Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s delicious. Ban the concept of sweet chickpeas from your brain and think of it more like brownie batter dip. Scoop it into a serving dish, serve with sliced strawberries and pretzels, and your guests will be none the wiser. If you want to get creative, buy at least two tubs and mold the dip into a football shape. You just earned yourself a hostess touchdown. 

 
 
 
 
 
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12. Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels
Whether you’re five or 50, no one without a peanut allergy can resist these salty snacks. They’re fantastic on their own, but we’re eager to try them as dippers for the Chocolate Hummus. Hello sweet, salty, chocolate-peanut-buttery goodness. 

 
 
 
 
 
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13. Bamba Peanut Snacks
What’s a Bamba peanut snack? Picture a cheese puff, but flavored with peanut butter instead of cheese—like a giant peanut buttery Cheeto. Are you sold yet? 

 
 
 
 
 
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14. Vegan Trail Mix Cookies
There is nothing wrong with store-bought cookies—especially when they’re from Trader Joe’s. These soft, tender vegan cookies are studded with raisins and peanuts for a treat that is anything but one-note. Save the bag for the big celebration when your team wins or use them to console your guests if your team doesn’t come out on top. 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.

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