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Spicy Chex Mix (Tailgate Finger Food)

A classic snack mix is spiced up with Sriracha and red pepper flakes in my Sriracha Spicy Chex Mix. The combination of Chex cereal, cheese crackers, and pretzels tossed in a spicy sauce is perfect for snacking while you are cheering on your favorite team!

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Spicy Chex Mix

You know that feeling you get when you are craving something to snack on and can’t quite find it? I can never figure out if it is something sweet, salty, crunchy, spicy, or if I am just thirsty.

Yes, I hear that if you think you are craving something then you drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. If you are still hungry then eat something.

If not, your body was just thirsty. I can tell you without a doubt that my body is always thirsty because I don’t drink enough water, but my body is always hungry too.

Not super hungry, I just need a handful of something. Some bits of a snack to put in my mouth and crunch on. Maybe I just need something to keep my mouth busy.

Or at the very least, shut me up for five minutes. This is where sriracha spicy Chex mix comes in!

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What is in Spicy Chex Mix?

  • pretzels
  • crackers
  • Chex cereal
  • almonds
  • melted butter
  • sauces
  • spices

Pretzels – I like to use the square butter snap pretzels to keep everything bite sized. Feel free to use your favorite shapes. Feel free to use salt free pretzels since you are adding other spices.

Crackers – A combination of crackers include oyster crackers, cheddar fish crackers (Goldfish) and square cheddar crackers (Cheez Its) for extra cheesy flavor.

Cereal – Good old Rice Chex is what is needed here. Feel free to use your favorite flavor.

Butter – Always use unsalted butter to keep the salt to a reasonable level.

Sauces – A combination of Worcestershire sauce and Sriracha.

Spices – Garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and Kosher salt. Feel free to leave out the salt if you want. Add in a dash of onion powder if desired.

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How to make Spicy Chex Mix

First: Preheat oven to 250F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Combine all the pretzels, crackers, cereal, and nuts.

Second: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the butter, spices, and sauces. Stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients. Toss to combine and make sure that the crackers are all coated.

Third: Spread the cereal mixture on the prepared sheet pan and spread into an even layer. Bake at 250F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Fourth: Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Substitutions and Variations

  • Pretzels – Try a variety of pretzel shapes. I love those small pretzel balls if you can find them.
  • Crackers – Switch up the crackers for bagel chips, mini breadsticks, Funyuns, rice crackers, etc.
  • Cereal – Switch up your Chex cereal with corn, honey nut, or wheat Chex. You can also add Cheerios or Kix.
  • Nuts – I use almonds but you can use peanuts, walnuts, pepitas, or pecans.
  • Sauces – If you don’t have Sriracha, you can use your favorite hot sauce.
  • Butter – Olive oil is a great substitute for the butter.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact crackers in the recipe, use what you have. Just remember that you need 12 cups of dry mix, so any combination of crackers, pretzels, nuts, etc., will work great!

How long does it last?

Depends on how fast you eat it! Spicy Chex Mix will last 2 weeks if stored in an air-tight container. You can also freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature when ready to enjoy.

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Clean out your mostly empty boxes of snacks and combine them all for a unique snack mix in this Spicy Chex Mix recipe. This recipe works great for getting ready for the big game!!

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Spicy Chex Mix

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A classic snack mix is spiced up in this Spicy Chex Mix. The combination of Chex cereal, cheesy crackers, and pretzels is perfect for snacking while you are cheering on your favorite sports team!

Ingredients

For the snack mix

  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups cheddar fish crackers
  • 2 cups square cheddar cheese crackers
  • 2 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups oyster crackers
  • 2 cups almonds (chopped)

For the sauce coating

  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  2. Combine all the pretzels, crackers, nuts, and cereal in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the melted butter, spices, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the sauce over the cereal and cracker mixture.
  5. Stir to combine and make sure that the crackers are all coated.
  6. Spread on the prepared sheet pan. Be sure to spread into a single even layer.
  7. Bake at 250F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Notes

  • Pretzels - Try a variety of pretzel shapes. I love those small pretzel balls if you can find them.
  • Crackers - Switch up the crackers for bagel chips, mini breadsticks, funyuns, rice crackers, etc.
  • Cereal - Switch up your Chex cereal with corn, honey nut, or wheat. You can also add Cheerios or Kix.
  • Nuts - I use almonds but you can use peanuts, walnuts, pepitas, or pecans.
  • Sauces - If you don't have Sriracha, you can use your favorite hot sauce.
  • Butter - Olive oil is a great substitute for the butter.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 1025mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    Dawn

    Monday 20th of August 2018

    You kicked the regular Chex Mix up a notch! The whole gang will love this snack.

    Jenn

    Thursday 25th of January 2018

    I can not wait to try these! I am lovin' spicy food lately!

    Kriska Marie

    Sunday 29th of January 2017

    Perfect for a movie night!

    Heidi

    Sunday 22nd of January 2017

    This would be great to munch on for movie night! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Saturday 21st of January 2017

    Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Sunday Link up!

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