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Spicy Chex Mix

This Spicy Chex Mix recipe has bold flavors and a spicy kick that’s perfect for holiday snacking. It also makes a great gift for Christmas!

A baking sheet with spicy chex mix with a wooden spoon.

Spicy Chex Mix

It really starts to feel like the holidays when I’m sitting down with an entire trough of my mom’s Spicy Chex Mix. This recipe makes 18 cups and yeah. I could easily eat all 18 of them myself. It’s just the way it is.

Although, Chex Mix does make an excellent homemade gift, (see bottom of this post for festive tins that you can put this in)!

My favorite part of this recipe is that it’s an easy make-ahead recipe that you can make weeks ahead of time if you want! Scroll down for all the info!

Overhead shot of all ingredients needed for spicy chex mix


See bottom of post for the recipe card with ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Snack Mix

  • Cheese Crackers: Any variety of cheese crackers are good in this recipes. I love using Cheez Its and/or Goldfish.
  • Chex: I always use a combination of rice and corn chex, but you can stick to just one variety. I use 9 cups in this recipe, 1 (18 oz.) box is enough for that amount.
  • Nuts: I add a lot of whole cashews to the mix as well as a container of mixed nuts.
  • Pretzels: Thin pretzel sticks are a perfect addition to this recipe.

Spicy Sauce

  • Butter- Since crackers and nuts are already salty, you may want to stick with unsalted butter.
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Garlic Powder

Make-Ahead Method

  • Chex Mix is a great recipe to make ahead of time because it keeps well when stored in an airtight container.
  • You can prepare the entire recipe up to two weeks ahead of time.
  • Store in an airtight container prior to serving.

Homemade spicy Chex mix on a baking sheet before and after being mixed together.

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Spicy Chex Mix

4.75 from 4 ratings
This easy homemade chex mix recipe is so easy to make with simple seasonings and flavors and your favorite crackers and pretzels. Perfect for snacking with friends or as a gift!



  • 9 cups Chex, I use Half rice Chex, half corn Chex
  • 4 cups Cheddar Crackers, Cheez-its, Goldfish, etc.
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 3 cups Mixed Nuts


  • 2 sticks Butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Tobasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 300° F.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup with a spout.
  • Combine the Chex mix ingredients in 1-2 very large bowls.
  • Add half of the sauce mixture and toss to coat. Add the remaining sauce mixture, toss to coat well again. Do this thoroughly (and gently) for best results.
  • Evenly distribute the mix on two large roasting pans.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and toss, then bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Let cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Nutritional information is an estimate and is per cup. This recipe makes approximately 18 cups.


Calories: 639kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 929mg, Potassium: 252mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 581IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 106mg, Iron: 2mg
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36 comments on “Spicy Chex Mix”

  1. You list calories but not the serving size related to it. Can you let me know.  This is really good by the way

  2. I did not see any salt for the sauce, do you add any?

    • Hi Nic, no additional salt should be used as the nuts/pretzels/crackers, etc. are all already salted. The Worcestershire sauce also contains salt as well as the butter. ❤️

  3. Do you think I can buy premade Chex mix (plain) and then add the seasonings you have? Love the spicy Chex mix but they stopped selling it in stores earlier this year! 

    • Hi Christina! I think that may work, I’m not sure if it would be too potent or not, I’m not exactly sure how they flavor their Chex mix (even though it’s labeled plain), it’s hard to know without having tested it! If you give it a try I’d love to know how it goes! You’ll want to make sure that you have the same volume as what I have here. Happy Holidays!!!

  4. Why post a photo of chex mix with Gardetto’s rye chips in it and not list them as an ingredient?

    • Because it’s an ingredient that is incredibly difficult to find right now, in several locations. I had to make it this year without it and the measurements provided are how you would do so.

  5. How long does it store for?? 
    Thinking it would make a nice snack for work 🙂 

  6. Can you just mix the sauce and pour over the chex mix than put in oven

  7. Could I make this in the crockpot? 

  8. made this for myself and it was so good I shared it with family and co workers & was a total hit now I have a perfect gift for any occasion! Thank you for sharing!

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