Vegan at Dollar Tree Dollar Stores

A while ago I read Hampton Creek Foods made a deal to begin selling a shelf stable version of Just Mayo at Dollar Tree stores, and there are quite a few locations all over Grand Rapids. In fact, I’d been hearing it’s pretty easy to go Vegan at Dollar Tree in general, and I wanted to check it out.

Stock can change frequently, so these items may not always be available – but the good thing is, when one item disappears it’s usually replaced with another!

Just Mayo - Vegan at Dollar Tree
So on my first trip I went straight to the condiments and found Just Mayo for just $1. Sure, it’s a small 8oz jar, but still – I think it’s actually cheaper to buy 4 for $1 each than to buy a 32oz jar from Meijer or Target. I bought three. (Wal-Mart apparently has the best price currently, but I don’t get out that way)
**UPDATE: Just Mayo no longer distributes to Dollar Tree 🙁

I poked around to see if there was any other neat vegan stuff.

Vegan at Dollar Tree
And here’s what I grabbed: bac’n pieces, vegetable stock, lime juice, an over-priced can of chickpeas (an impulse buy), frozen fingerling potatoes in an herb “butter”, a box of frozen soft pretzels, frozen green bean fries**, and veggie spring rolls.
**UPDATE: A reader let me know the green bean fries are no longer vegan. I stopped at Dollar Tree and confirmed this is the case (they weren’t that great, anyway)

On my next trip, I realized I’d been overlooking a certain brand in the frozen foods.

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree
I wanted to try Chef Ernesto! I grabbed another package of Jennifer’s Garden spring rolls, but also Chef Ernesto brand samosas, veggie burgers, and battered mushrooms. You will notice the Chef Ernest items are marked “100% Vegetarian.” They are, in fact, 100% vegan!

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree And they all looked pretty good out of the box, too. I baked all of these, although you also have the option to pan fry, deep fry, or microwave, depending on the item.

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree
The veggie burger came out beautifully browned, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s slightly smaller than a Qrunch Burger, but the perfect size for those cheap store-brand buns. Pretty spicy, but not overwhelming. They are made without soy and held together by potato, and I’m pretty sure they’re gluten free. The burgers come two in a box.

The spring roll wrappers were nice and crunchy. The filling is minimal, but good enough for the price – even a tiny bit better than I expected. They have a good flavor, but nothing special. I’d still get them again.

I was skeptical about the battered mushrooms, I figured there’d be a ton of batter and a tiny piece of mushroom underneath it somewhere. That was not the case, there was just the right amount of batter for a big piece of mushroom. The real problem I had is the batter never really got crispy. Maybe if I gave them an extra 5 minutes in the oven. I also wish the instructions would’ve suggested turning them halfway through.

Finally, those cute little samosas! They are mostly filled with potato, with maybe two or three peas thrown in. They were loaded with spices, though, and had a good flavor and a flaky crust. I don’t mind eating potato samosas, I’d do it again.

Some people were concerned about the ingredients, so I’ve provided pictures from the back of the boxes below.

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree
Veggie Burger.

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree
Battered Mushrooms.  

Chef Ernesto - Vegan at Dollar Tree

Jennifer's Garden - Vegan at Dollar Tree
Spring Rolls.

If you’ve gone vegan at Dollar Tree, what are your favorite finds? Are there any other discount stores where you find great prices on vegan items? Comment below and let me know!

27 thoughts on “Vegan at Dollar Tree Dollar Stores

    • I know! It’s gotten better and better over the past couple years. I’m just waiting for the vegan ice cream to appear…I’ve seen sorbet, but I want a good, fattening vegan ice cream for $1!

  1. I hanker for those mushrooms, I miss store-bought battered mushrooms, and I’m rubbish at battering and deep frying from scratch. Every time I look at them in this country they always have egg and/or milk. I will keep looking though!

  2. For a dollar store find the ingredient list is most impressive. Glad you enjoyed your Dollar Tree vegan food haul.

  3. Oh interesting! Our local Dollar Store is so tiny in our new city- it does not contain much of anything. I’ll have to see if there is another one in the area to find these and try them out. I’m amazed that the fat content is not as bad as what I expected at first. Normally vegan packaged burgers do have a lot of fat but these are rather good compared to other brands. 🙂

    • I think it’s because it’s basically just made of veggies with spices and oil. If you can find a Dollar Tree, they seem to really be expanding the food options. I even saw little cans of high quality coconut milk, but…$1 is too much for those little cans!

  4. I have had the Mini-Samosa’s and I must say for a $1 it is a fair amount of food for a single-person and has a suprisingly short and sweet indgredient-list… I was pleased with their quality for the price in which they’re sold! I suggest making some Raita [dill, cucumber and yoghurt sauce] to go along with them, it was a very nice, quick, and tasty addition to the package of 8 Mini-Samosas.

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  6. When I see made in India I eat confidently knowing quality will be good, the higher spice level is only drawback but I have got used to it and love it. Unfortunately I need to stock these as they are always sold out I dont know if any other store sells these I would also like to try the samosa if they are not spicy

  7. The veggie burgers and samosas are questionable because of the sugar….. What kinda of sugar did they use? If they used regular sugar then it’s not vegan because of the bone char sugar.

    • I guess it depends what you mean by “regular” – the cheapest is beet sugar which isn’t refined with bone char. If it’s cane sugar, there’s a 50/50 chance it’s refined with bone char if it isn’t organic.

  8. Update: I just emailed Chef Ernesto and ask what kind of sugar do they put in their products. Just waiting for a response from them. I will let you know when I hear from them.

  9. These look good, I’ll look for them at the dollar tree this week. I have to admit I wouldn’t have expected to see things like this and I often just walk past the frozen food so wouldn’t have noticed these! Or maybe I would of spotted them but passed them up thinking they couldn’t be that good for a $1. I see they also have Westsoy soy milk, I wonder if it’s the kind with just soybeans and water? I use the plain kind to make yogurt!

  10. I’m a bit annoyed that I got the green bean fries after discovering it on your site. When I turned the box over to read the cooking directions, more than ready to eat these things frozen, I read EGGS AND MILK. !? I’m not sure how you pulled vegan out if that. They’re not even close.

    • Hi Korrin,

      Not sure if you noticed, but this post is from 2015. I know for sure the green bean fries were vegan when I bought them, but I haven’t looked at them again because I wasn’t too impressed with them. I recommend always reading labels as manufacturers can change ingredients at any time.

  11. This is awesome! I really do love the spring rolls. I had a package that my mom gave to me. I looked it up and found out that Dollar Tree sells them. I am very pleased with them for just a buck.

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