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Spicy Chex Mix

Spicy Chex Mix is an all-time favorite snack perfect for the holidays or any get together. Crunchy cereal, mixed nuts and oyster crackers seasoned with a spicy garlic ranch seasoning. 

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Spicy chex mix in a jar with chex mix on a platter around the jar.

Why You Will Love this Spicy Chex Mix Recipe

  • Easy Recipe: Homemade Chex Mix is a simple recipe with just a few ingredients and a spicy kick. It makes the perfect make-ahead snack for any gathering with friends and family. This recipe makes a large batch. We always eat so much chex mix that I doubled the recipe. You can even make Chex Mix in the Crock Pot!
  • Best Snack Mix: Chex Mix or Texas Trash is the perfect snack and adding bold flavors of garlic, ranch and red pepper gives it spicy flavor and  makes it even better. 
  • Great Homemade Gift: Add a bag of Spicy Chex Mix to your holiday goodie baskets or a great hostess gift anytime of year.

Ingredients Needed for Spicy Chex Mix

Spicy Chex Mix Ingredients.
  • Chex Cereal: Corn Chex, Rice Chex and Wheat Chex
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Oyster Crackers – or other small crackers
  • Butter – I use salted butter but unsalted butter works too.
  • Olive Oil
  • Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Dried Onion Flakes
  • Red Pepper Flakes –  Ground Red Pepper or Cayenne Pepper

How to Make Spicy Chex Mix

Collage making spicy chex mix in a bowl with butter, seasonings and spices.
  1. Melt butter in a small skillet or microwave butter and add to a bowl with olive oil, ranch dressing mix, granulated, garlic, onion flakes and red pepper. Whisk together. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine Chex cereals, oyster crackers and mixed nuts. 
  3. Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture.
  4. Toss until well coated. 
  5. Spread onto rimmed baking sheets in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 1 hour in a preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes. I bake 2 baking sheets at a time and rotate the baking sheets between the top and bottom every 15 minutes.
  7. Cool completely on the baking sheet. 
Bowl of chex mix on red check cloth.

Recipe Notes for Chex Mix

  • Storage: Cooled chex mix can be stored in a zip top bag or airtight container up to 2 weeks. 
  • Gifting: Spoon spicy chex mix into cellophane bags and tie with ribbons or a glass jar. 
  • Additions: Pretzel sticks, cheez-its cheese crackers, bagel chips, rye chips or goldfish make great mix-ins of your choice to classic Chex Party Mix. 
  • Variations: If you prefer the classic snack mix recipe, skip the ranch dressing mix and add Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Hot sauce can be added also for the spicy snack mix. 
Chex mix on a platter and in a jar.

More Homemade Snack Recipes

  • Alabama Fire Crackers are always a crowd favorite and the inspiration for this spicy version of Chex Mix. The best make- ahead appetizer for your next party. 
  • Cajun Chex Mix is a delicious twist on the original recipe flavored with blackened seasoning for a tasty snack that is always a hit for football season.
  • Candied Walnuts are a sweet and salty snack that is beyond delicious. Great to add to any charcuterie board or holiday snack buffet.
  • Slow Cooker Chex Mix Recipe is a great option for cooking this delicious snack food.
Bowl of chex mix.

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Yield: 48

Spicy Chex Mix

Spicy Chex Mix in a jar.

Spicy Chex Mix is an all-time favorite snack perfect for the holidays or any get together. Crunchy cereal, mixed nuts and oyster crackers seasoned with a spicy garlic ranch seasoning.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups melted butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes or cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups Corn Chex
  • 6 cups Rice Chex
  • 6 cups Wheat Chex
  • 6 cups Oyster Crackers
  • 6 cups Mixed Nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Melt butter in a small skillet or microwave butter and add to a bowl with olive oil, ranch dressing mix, granulated, garlic, onion flakes and red pepper. Whisk together. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine Chex cereals, oyster crackers and mixed nuts. 
  4. Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture.
  5. Toss until well coated. 
  6. Spread onto rimmed baking sheets ( I used 3 half sheet pans) in a single layer.
  7. Bake for 1 hour in a preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes. I bake 2 baking sheets at a time and rotate the baking sheets between the top and bottom every 15 minutes.
  8. Cool completely on the baking sheet. 

Notes

  • Storage: Cooled chex mix can be stored in a zip top bag or airtight container up to 2 weeks.
  • Small Batch: Recipe can be halved if you want a regular size batch. 
  • Additions: Pretzel sticks, cheez-its cheese crackers, bagel chips, rye chips or goldfish make great mix-ins of your choice to classic Chex Party Mix. 
  • Variations: If you prefer the classic snack mix recipe, skip the ranch dressing mix and add Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Hot sauce can be added also for the spicy snack mix. 
  • Gifting: Spoon spicy chex mix into cellophane bags and tie with ribbons or a glass jar. 
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    48

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

    Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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