Homemade Chex Mix is one of my favorite snacks, and for good reason. It’s super easy to make, cost effective, and totally delicious. Especially when you kick up the flavor. Once you try this extra bold Chex Mix you’ll never go back to the store bought stuff again.
Chex Mix is just one of those classically good snacks. And it’s basically a ton of cereal, so we can count that as healthy, right? At the very least, it’s better than a bag of potato chips, especially when it tastes this good. We increased the seasonings from the classic recipe and added in some new ones. The result was a salty, spicy combination that we quickly became addicted to.
First off, we start with the classic Chex combination: rice, corn, and wheat Chex. You can certainly adjust these for any allergies as needed.
Homemade chex mix is great because you can easily customize it to your specific tastes. I don’t like peanuts in mine, but if you do by all means throw some in there. My mix ins usually include pretzels, Cheerios, and pita chips.
Why pita chips instead of classic bagel chips? I can never find bagel chips (especially at Aldi, where I do most of my shopping) and they always seem overly expensive. Pita chips make a fantastic substitution.
I measure out about two cups and then break them into smaller pieces after adding them to the bowl, and they work great. I’ve even used saltine crackers when I was in a real pinch and had a desperate need for Chex Mix. People get those, right? Desperate cravings for Chex Mix?
The Finishing Touches
Anyway, once we’ve got all our crunchy mix ins added, it’s time for the amped up, extra spiced sauce that will turn a classic snack into the extra bold Chex Mix you’ve been craving. We’re talking lots of Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, extra garlic and onion, and a bit of paprika and cayenne to really bring out the flavors. And butter. Of course.
After mixing in the sauce, spread the mixture out on two cookie sheets and cook low and slow. 60 minutes may seem like overkill, but at only 250 degrees you want each piece to get nice and toasty and the flavors really come out this way too.
Most of all, the important thing to keep in mind is the ratios of dry ingredients, so if you take out a cup of cheerios, increase your Chex, pretzels, or pita chips a bit to reach the same final quantity.
Another bonus…homemade Chex Mix is also a great snack for entertaining, especially since it can be made well ahead of time and doesn’t require any heating up or chilling. Just toss in a bowl and serve!
Homemade Chex Mix is also great to make on a Sunday and snack on throughout the week, it keeps great in a sealed container or bag. Try this recipe as a healthier swap for a bag of potato chips at lunch!
Have you ever experimented with different flavors of Chex Mix? Let me know in the comments! If you give this recipe a try, be sure to leave a rating!
Amped Up Chex Mix
Snack boldly! The classic snack mix served up with extra seasonings and flavors, plus our favorite add ins.
- 3 cups Corn Chex
- 3 cups Rice Chex
- 2 cups Wheat Chex
- 2 cups Pretzels
- 2 cups Pita Chips
- 2 cups Cheerios
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Seasoned salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- pinch cayenne
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine corn chex, rice chex, wheat chex, pretzels, pita chips, and Cheerios in a large mixing bowl.
In a microwave safe dish, melt stick of butter in 30 second intervals. Add Worcestershire sauce and spices and stir until combined.
Pour butter mixture over cereal and stir to completely coat.
Spread out mixture evenly over 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until fragrant and toasted. Cool on sheets and enjoy!
- Feel free to adjust the mix ins to your liking, just keep the same ratio of dry ingredients to liquid (i.e. if you take out a cup of Cheerios, replace it with a cup of something else)