Salty, crunchy, spicy..these are what make the perfect snack mix. Spicy Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for game day munching, after school hunger, or any other time!
Chex Mix is one of those things that most people attribute to the holidays. For my family, Chex Mix is a year round favorite, because the flavor combinations are endless, it makes a lot, and it’s a great snack anytime. Just by changing up one or two flavors, you’ve changed the entire batch, which makes it perfect for whipping up on a weekly basis. That is if a batch lasts that long. Around here, we’re lucky if it lasts more than a couple of days.
We grab handfuls of it between lunch and dinner to satisfy that afternoon craving. We also tend to pile it on the side with a sandwich as opposed to chips. I am sure that it’s more healthy than a bag of chips anyway, so I don’t feel bad when I see Kelsie with the container of it after dinner.
You can easily swap out the nuts to your family’s likings. Since Kelsie is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts are always our choice of nut. You can certainly add whatever Chex cereal that you have on hand at the time, or what’s on sale at the moment. I like buying several boxes of our favorites around the holidays, when it’s prone to go on sale, so that I can whip up a snack mix whenever the mood strikes. As a matter of fact I have a box of rice Chex cereal, half a bag of pretzels, and a quarter of a jar of peanuts…I know that this afternoon I’ll be stirring up a batch of some sort of Chex Mix.
You can go sweet, salty, or spicy, depending on what you’re currently in the mood for. At the moment, I’m all things pumpkin spice…who else is with me?! So I know that I’ll be making this Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix.
I’ve made a lot of different Chex Mixes over the years for various occasions, but most of the time it’s because we need a tasty snack in the house. Plus these snack mixes are pretty cheap to make. I buy off brands when it comes to make these, because with the baking and flavors, brands won’t matter in the end. Ya know? That always helps with a grocery budget.
- 1 pkg Ranch seasoning mix
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 5 cup Corn Chex Mix
- 5 cup Rice Chex Mix
- 3 cups pretzels
- 3 cups mixed peanuts
- 3/4 cup butter
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, whisk in the buffalo sauce and the ranch seasoning.
- Pour the Pour the butter and buffalo sauce over the Chex Mix and stir until everything is well coated.
- Bake for 60 minutes at 300°, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread over wax paper covered counters. Allow to cool for at least one hour.