Spicy Chex Party Mix

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Spicy Chex Party Mix is a spin on the classic Chex mix, with the addition of a big hit of hot sauce. The added heat doesn’t overpower the snack, but gives it a nice added flavor instead. Watch out, because this is totally addicting!

Overhead shot of a partial bowl of spicy Chex party mix, in a white shallow bowl with handles.

If you haven’t noticed yet, foods have such a sentimental quality for me. I remember events by what I ate, or what I made, or what my mom made, or what was on the menu. Weird, I know. But I guess I know I’m in the right field when I can say that about food. Because when you think about it, food is life. Without it, we wouldn’t be walking, talking, dancing, working, singing, and so on.

Food is life. I love life. And I love food.

Overhead shot of a handful of spicy Chex party mix, over a large bowl of party mix.

 

So I know what you are thinking. How does this Spicy Chex Party Mix make me feel?

Two words –> Lake Okoboji.

My family always spent at least a week – usually more – at Lake Okoboji (in Iowa) every summer of my childhood and beyond, often times with some cousins, aunts, and uncles. Mom and Dad would rent a place and the eight of us would cram in and fully partake in life at the lake. We’d live in our swimsuits, turn bright red from the sun (in the days of no sunscreen), go boating for hours at a time (and swim off the boat/eat picnics in the boat). We’d cook breakfast on the grill, shop at the clubhouse ($1 per kid per day went a long way back in the day), play flashlight tag and kick the can, fish off the dock, swim in any water temperature, and end the day with a smear of sunburn ointment before collapsing in our beds each night.

And then there were the snacks that we couldn’t get enough of. The twizzlers and lollipops, the cheesy meat dips and chips, veggie and cheese platters, and TUBS of party mix. Yes, we ate party mix out of old recycled ice cream tubs. Mom would freeze them weeks ahead of our trips in preparation. And we were so happy.

Because party mix meant lake vacations. And lake vacations meant warm sunshine, swimming, boating, and family time.

Sheet pan of baked Spicy Chex Party Mix.

Ingredients needed to make Spicy Chex Party Mix:

The only difference between my mom’s party mix and mine is the hot sauce, and maybe some of the mix-ins. This recipe is really easy, and stays fresh in the freezer for several months.

The seasoning blend:

  • butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce
  • seasonings – garlic powder & seasoned salt

The mix-ins (ANY combo):

  1. Chex cereal – wheat, corn, rice combo
  2. pretzels
  3. peanuts
  4. bugles
  5. Cheese-Its
  6. Wheat Thins

Top with:

  1. M&Ms
  2. raisins

Overhead shot of a glass bowl of Chex party mix.

Side shot of the seasoning mix being drizzled in the middle of the Chex party mix.

How to make Spicy Chex Party Mix:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients. Pour about 13-14 cups of dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. You can combine any snacks you like, but I used corn chex, rice chex, wheat chex, Cheese-Its, bugles, pretzels, and peanuts.
  2. Mix up the seasoning blend. Combine the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and seasonings – and coat the dry ingredients.
  3. Bake. Bake in 250 degree oven for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. Dry. Lay flat to dry on paper towels. This takes some counter space!
  5. Repeat. Repeat process (if desired) until you run out of ingredients. I made six batches.
  6. Pour on add-ins. After mix is cooled, add M&Ms and/or raisins.
  7. Store. Store in airtight containers or freezer bags.

Pro-Tip: Be careful to get the right mix of dry to wet ingredients. If you add additional hot sauce, you’ll need more dry mix, and vise versa. If you notice that the mix is a bit soggy, bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.

Storing and Freezing Spicy Chex Party Mix:

  • This Chex mix stores well on your countertop in an airtight container for about a week. I often times put it in a large jar for convenient munching. 😀
  • You can freeze Chex mix in a freezer bag for up to six months or so.

We still eat this snack at family gatherings thanks to my sister, Lauri. Our trips to Okoboji stopped several years ago when life got in the way, but I’m so ready to go back. One of these days it will happen.

Side shot of a white bowl of spicy Chex party mix.

Make this addicting snack next: Easy Caramel Corn

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a partial bowl of spicy Chex party mix, in a white shallow bowl with handles.

Spicy Chex Party Mix

Spicy Chex Party Mix is a spin on the classic Chex mix, with the addition of a big hit of hot sauce. The added heat doesn't overpower the snack, but gives it a nice added flavor instead. Watch out, because this is totally addicting!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex Party Mix, spicy chex mix, spicy chex party mix
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 7 2-cup servings
Calories: 491kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 13-14 cups combination of snacks - like Corn Chex, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Pretzels, Peanuts, Bugles, Wheat Thins, etc.
  • 6-7 Tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4-6 Tablespoons hot sauce - like Frank's
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt - like Lawry's
  • M&Ms and/or raisins - optional

Instructions

  • Take your own favorite salty ingredients and measure out 13 - 14 cups into a large mixing bowl. (For this go-around, I bought Corn Chex, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Pretzels, Peanuts, Cheez-Its, and Bugles.)
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and add Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Stir together and toss into the dry mixture. Mix until coated.
  • Transfer mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in a 250-degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. If it seems a bit soggy, bake longer at a slightly higher temp.
  • Cool on paper towels. Add M&Ms and/or raisins, and store in an airtight container or storage bag.
  • Make several batches until you run out of ingredients. This freezes well.

Notes

  1. Change up the mix-ins according to what you like best!
  2. This mix stores well on the counter top, in an airtight container, for up to five days.
  3. You can freeze the party mix, up to six months.
  4. ** The nutritional content is based on 13 cups of Chex cereal, and doesn't include the M&Ms or raisins.
  5. Pro-Tip: Be careful to get the right mix of dry to wet ingredients. If you add additional hot sauce, you'll need more dry mix, and vise versa. If you notice that the mix is a bit soggy, bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, at a slightly higher temp.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1590mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1537IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 36mg

 

 

4 Comments

  1. It’s like popcorn, but better! All of a sudden, the bowl was empty!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Haha yes! It could be a problem!

  2. A fun dish to take to a party as an appetizer! Guaranteed to be a hit and gone quickly!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes and yes!! 🙂

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