If there’s one item that we’ve consistently been addicted to / love from Trader Joe’s; it’s without a doubt their Elote Chips.
A couple weeks ago, we could no longer locate the in the aisle they are usually stocked. We were concerned but not overly concerned as we know sometimes certain items are out-of-stock at Trader Joe’s for a few days. Especially our location in New York City. It’s not uncommon to not be able to find your favorite snack, yogurt or ingredient that day.
Known by their full name Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers – I don’t think I’ve met anyone that dislikes these chips, so anecdotally, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be discontinued.
But Trader Joe’s doesn’t make business decisions based on whether a handful of my friends like their items. They got a business to run.
Did Trader Joe’s discontinue their Elote Corn Chip Dippers?
This happens a lot with Trader Joe’s items so when I don’t see the item for a couple weeks, depending on how much I love the item, I may try to confirm it with more official and unofficial channels.
First move is to check other nearby stores — which I didn’t do.
Instead I went to this Trader Joe’s reddit forum which is filled with comments soaked with tears at the loss of potential TJ favorites. If the Elote corn chips have been discontinued, we’ll definitely shed a tear for them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as the latest Reddit thread is from nearly 10 months ago in August of 2021.
We also like to cross reference this dedicated Instagram account to forever gone TJ’s items. Thankfully, nothing has been reported on the Elote Corn Chip front.
The good news is as of this post, the Elote Corn Chip Dippers are still alive and well and their disappearance is probably an inventory issue. If TJs is out of stock of them and you want to settle your craving by re-creating them. You can use the same Trader Joe’s corn chips (sans elote seasoning) and then shake in some (alot) of the Everything But The Elote seasoning.