all trader joe's easy green chilaquiles.


whomever invented chilaquiles was a dang genius. it’s like saucy nachos that are appropriate to eat at any time of day.

i love me some salsa verde in my mexican style dishes. i made these chilaquiles using all items i got at trader joe’s, and for the green salsa i just used one small can of fire roasted green chiles and pulsed it with a bit of water to thin it out.

it’s funny that i love chilaquiles so much because i really dislike soggy things. but when you make them at home, you can control the amount of sauce and how soft your tortilla chips get.


i think these are absolutely delightful and so so easy. i also love that you can use tortillas or tortilla chips that are getting old and not let them go to waste.

cooking them in a cast iron skillet isn’t totally necessary, but definitely adds some extra flava. and it’s a one-stop shop between cookin and eatin. you can just eat these right out of the pan with a friend. unless sharing eggs freaks you out.


you can customize these as you wish - have them for breakfast with eggs or with shredded chicken for dinner. or with whatever for lunch…it’s your life!

top with avocado, onions, extra salsa and anything that tickles your tortilla-lovin’ fancy!


All Trader Joe’s Green Breakfast Chilaquiles

Serves 2

Time: 15 minutes


  • tortilla chips

  • 1 TB olive oil

  • 1 or 2 eggs

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 a yellow onion, diced

  • black pepper & red chili flakes

  • 1 can Trader Joe’s fire roasted green chiles (or green salsa of your choice)

  • Cotija cheese, for topping


Mince the garlic and dice the onion. In a food processor or blender, pulse the green chiles with about 1/3 cup of water so it is saucy.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium heat and add olive oil. Add the garlic and onions and cook until browned and fragrant. Add the green chile sauce or green salsa to the skillet and let everything heat and simmer a couple minutes. Add the tortilla chips and gently toss them with a spatula in the sauce to coat.

Move the chips toward the outside of the pan and crack one or two eggs in the center of the pan. Add a pinch of black pepper and red chili flakes and cover the pan to cook the eggs. Once the egg whites are set, remove the skillet from the stove and sprinkle on the crumbles of cotija cheese and extra green salsa if desired.



everything trader joe's gyros.


excited to share this one! pete & i love to make gyros at home - and we've made them in several different ways using ALL items you can buy at trader joe's!

all for $22! and you can use these ingredients to make either a whole bunch of gyros at once, or stretch them out to have them in 2-4 sittings, depending how many people are eating and how many gyros you'll have. i usually eat 1 if we're using the naan bread; if we're using the thinner flatbreads i might have 2. anyhoo you can stretch these out and have gyros for several meals!

and you can have this done in less than 20 minutes! very excite!

i LUHUHUHHHHVE gyros. & greek food in general. even though these are considered the hot dog of greek food, me no give a hoot. i proudly enjoy hot dogs too, so there. 

so the meat component in here is meatballs -- not lamb + beef. but, i find that the italian meatballs at TJ's do a great job at mimicking gyro meat flavor. especially when you crispify them.

here's what we use!

italian style meatballs ($3.99), tomatoes ($2.29), cucumbers ($1.99), green bell pepper ($0.69), spinach ($1.99), red onion ($0.89), feta cheese ($2.69), tzatziki ($3.49), and naan ($3.69) or flatbreads. 

you can use other colors of bell peppers or other veggies you like, these are just the basics of what i normally go for, flavor-wise. it doesn't matter what type of tomatoes or cucumbers you get - they have a few varieties.

also, i prefer to make tzatziki homemade. but they've got it at TJ's, too!

the naan bread is super fluffy and has a great texture, but they're an odd shape to fit stuff in. i'll get the middle eastern flatbreads at TJ's most of the time. pitas work, too.

i've tried using TJ's turkey meatballs in these gyros, but the regular italian style are just way better tasting.  way mo fat & calz though. i actually barely use two meatballs on my gyro because i'll slice them up and crisp up the interior in the pan. and they're pretty rich. one meatball goes a long way for me. pete just goes whole meatball style; he doesn't know what calz are. 

dice up the tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, some red onion, add a few shakes of salt & pepper, and gently toss with a spoon. i like to chill this while i'm waiting for the meatballs to cook. 

we kicked our microwave to tha curb, so i like to thaw the meatballs a little bit before putting them in the pan. i add a little water and cover the pan to steam it up for about 5 minutes, then uncover and turn them to crisp. then i'll cut them in half or slice each meatball into 4 and crisp up those innards on low while i'm getting everything else ready.

if you do have a microwave, heat them in there for a few minutes and then brown them in a pan for about 5 minutes.

warm the naan, flatbreads, or pitas on a pan til they're easy to fold, then build your gyro!

i like to bulk it up and add extra greens like spinach, then layers of tzatziki, veggies, meatball slices, feta, and more veggies on top! 

sriracha is also amazing on gyros.

hey! you could also use the extra veggies & such to make a chunky greek salad on the side! 

we love you TJ's! and obviously while you're there you'll probably get a cheap bottle of wine and some sort of delish seasonal cookies or fabulous chocolate treat. because that's just what happens in that place.