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Pass: Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend

We're pretty sure Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend is trying to be Tajín, and it misses the mark. On its own, Trader Joe's blend of sea salt, chile pepper, red bell pepper, and lime juice isn't exactly bad, but when compared to the original Tajín mix, there's a clear winner. If you're a fan of sprinkling a chile-lime spice blend on mango, grilled chicken, or salad, opt for the traditional product over TJ's.

2 Trader Joe's Knockoffs You Don't Want to Buy and 4 You Do

Part of what makes Trader Joe's so awesome is the huge variety of affordable products. And the widely known reason that a whopping 80 percent of Trader Joe's products are the company's own is that TJ's sells other brands' products under its own name at a discounted price. Sometimes TJ's sells the exact same product, and other times it makes its own version of a popular pantry item, such as sriracha sauce. This policy inevitably leaves us with the questions: which knockoff products are worth buying at Trader Joe's and which ones are better off as the original?

Thankfully, we've tried hundreds of Trader Joe's products over the years and have a pretty good idea about which ones are totally worth the purchase and which ones you might want to skip in favor of a different brand. Ahead, discover some of our picks for Trader Joe's store-brand products versus the brands that we think might have inspired the knockoffs. Full disclosure: this information is not based on confirmation from the company - Trader Joe's has declined comment in the past - but rather from our own taste-test investigations.

- Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes


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