Chex Mix

December 11, 2020

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Easy classic Chex Mix! Made with three types of crisp Chex cereal (wheat, rice and corn), crunchy bagel chips, salty pretzels, rich mixed nuts, and it’s all coated in a well seasoned butter and Worcestershire based sauce. It’s such a flavorful, nostalgic snack that’s will keep you munching!

Craving something sweet? Try my Sweet Holiday Chex Mix recipe!

Homemade Chex Mix shown from a side angle in a large white serving bowl.Homemade Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love Chex Mix? A snack that goes way back when, and always a fun one around the holidays.

For years I had just been buying Chex Mix at the store but this year I figured it was due time to try making it at home. And now I’m hooked because this fresher, buttery version is just that much better!

I’ve listed three common options to cook it. My personal favorite is the oven method but all work well.

With the slow cooker you just have to be available to stir every so often which can be a bit tedious in my opinion, and the microwave works fine but I think the perfectly crisp texture of the oven option wins.

Here we use a homemade seasoned salt blend (including salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sugar). The great thing about that is that you can have more control over amount of salt, and you can switch it up (using other spices or adjusting those listed here).

It’s a versatile recipe with so many options. Or just stick with the classic because you can’t go wrong with it as is!

Wood spoon full of Chex Mix shown close up.

Chex Mix Recipe Ingredients

  • Chex cereal: You can use the 3 types listed here (corn, wheat and rice) or just use one type that you prefer.
  • Mixed nuts: I like to use a low salt version to have more control over how much salt is added.
  • Bagel chips: There are a few flavor options, I prefer plain though the garlic version will work too.
  • Pretzels: You’ll notice the pretzels I used here are the really tiny ones, they’re great here because they are closer in size to the other ingredients. But the standard size mini pretzels work fine too if that’s all you can find.
  • Unsalted butter: Salted butter will work but you’ll want to start with only 1/4 tsp salt in the recipe then add more to taste from there.
  • Garlic powder and onion powder: These are great flavor boosters in the recipe. The offer such a tasty seasoning upgrade.
  • Paprika: This adds a little color and flavor.
  • Sugar: This is not critical, omit if preferred.

Image of ingredients used to make Chex Mix. Shows rice, corn and wheat Chex cereal, bagel chips, Worcestershire sauce, mixed nuts, pretzels, butter, and spices in jars.

 

How to Make Chex Mix

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large roasting pan toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips, and pretzels.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine melted butter, Worcestershire, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sugar.
  3. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture in roasting pan and toss well to evenly coat.
  4. Roast in preheated oven 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.
  5. Spread out on parchment paper or paper towels to cool.

Collage of six images showing steps to preparing chex mix in the oven.

Microwave Method

  1. In a very large microwave safe bowl toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips and pretzels.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sugar.
  3. Drizzle half the butter mixture over cereal mixture in bowl and toss a few times then drizzle in remainder and toss mixture well to evenly coat.
  4. Heat mixture in microwave uncovered on high power for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  5. Spread over parchment paper or paper towels to cool.

Chex Mix shown in a glass bowl in the microwave before cooking.

Slow Cooker Method

  1. In a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips, and pretzels.
  2. In a small mixing bowl stir together butter, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and sugar.
  3. Drizzle over cereal mixture in slow cooker and toss well to evenly coat.
  4. Cook mixture on high, uncovered, for 2 hours. Toss every 20 minutes during cooking (near the end if you find edges are getting dark stir every 10 minutes).
  5. Spread over parchment paper or paper towels to cool.

Chex Mix in a slow cooker shown after cooking.

Storage and Shelf Life

  • Chex mix should be stored in an airtight container.
  • It should keep well at room temperature for 2 weeks.

Can Chex Mix be frozen?

  • Yes it can be frozen for up to 4 months.
  • Store in freezer bags or another airtight container.
  • It thaws quickly, but in the hot summer months you might even find you like it straight from the freezer like I do.

Substitutes and Variations

  • Use other spices: Try adding other spices such as turmeric, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, mustard, etc.
  • Make it spicy: Give it a kick! Add cayenne pepper or dried chipotle pepper to taste.
  • Omit bagel chips: If you can’t find bagel chips you can omit them, or try making homemade (if you have lots of extra time).
  • Add cheesy crackers: Replace pretzels or bagel chips with white cheddar crackers or even Goldfish crackers for a cheesy addition.
  • Use one type of nut: Rather than using a blend of nuts you can use just one type you already have on hand such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios or peanuts.
  • Adjust ratios: If you like lots of one ingredient (such as nuts or bagel chips) then add more and just reduce amount of cereal added.

Chex Mix shown from overhead in a big white bowl.

Helpful Tips

  • Slowly drizzle in the butter mixture. If you pour all into one area it won’t coat as evenly.
  • Toss cereal mixture well so butter and seasonings are evenly distributed throughout.
  • Take it easy on the salt. It’s easy to over-season a Chex Mix and once it’s too salty you can’t go back, but you can always add more later.
  • Reduce or increase seasoning as desired. If you don’t want a fairly strong garlic flavor then reduce garlic seasoning to 1 tsp.
  • Don’t forget to toss during cooking or some areas will over-toast while others will be still be moistened and stale.
  • With the slow cooker option be mindful of those edges when tossing. Some slow cookers cook fairly hot which result in dark edges so you may need to store more frequently.
  • Don’t forget to spread out to cool so it has a chance to dry thoroughly and doesn’t get stale.

More Cereal Classics to Try

Chex Mix

A flavorful classic snack recipe! Made from three types of crisp Chex cereal, crunchy bagel chips, salty pretzels, rich mixed nuts, and it's all coated in a well seasoned butter and Worcestershire based sauce. Just choose one of the 3 cooking options below to make it.
Servings: 24 (About 13 cups)
Prep15 minutes
Cook1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups low-salt mixed nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups plain bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup pretzels (itty bitty or bite size)
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

Instructions

OVEN OPTION

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large roasting pan toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips, and pretzels.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sugar.
  • Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture in roasting pan and toss well to evenly coat.
  • Roast in preheated oven 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.
  • Spread out on parchment paper or paper towels to cool.

MICROWAVE OPTION

  • In a very large microwave safe bowl toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips and pretzels.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sugar.
  • Drizzle half the butter mixture over cereal mixture in bowl and toss a few times then drizzle in remainder and toss mixture well to evenly coat.
  • Heat mixture in microwave uncovered on high power for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  • Spread over parchment paper or paper towels to cool.

SLOW COOKER OPTION

  • In a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker toss together cereals, nuts, bagel chips, and pretzels.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together butter, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and sugar.
  • Drizzle over cereal mixture in slow cooker and toss well to evenly coat.
  • Cook mixture on high, uncovered, for 2 hours. Toss every 20 minutes during cooking (near the end if you find edges are getting dark stir every 10 minutes).
  • Spread over parchment paper or paper towels to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Chex Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 415mg18%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 424IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.