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Chex Mix Recipe – Chelsea’s Messy Apron



This Chex Mix Recipe is loaded with crispy cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, and nuts. The seasoned butter pulls everything together into a mix that is nothing short of addicting–the best Chex mix recipe!

Who doesn’t love a good snack mix?! This is our favorite savory Chex mix recipe, but if you’re feeling sweet, be sure to try this Sweet Chex Mix Recipe.

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Chex Mix Recipe

We love a good snack recipe–and especially one you can take to a party and share! This snack mix is the perfect tailgating snack, holiday appetizer, or addition to a potluck/party table.

Oreo Balls or Muddy Buddies are typically my two “go-to” snacks to bring and share at a party. So, it was high time I found a savory snack to share. And this Chex Mix Recipe fits the bill–it’s deeply savory, perfectly salty, and ultra crunchy. It’s a huge favorite wherever I take it.

Not only is it always a hit, it’s also so easy to customize. You can make this mix exactly how you like it–in fact, we’ve got plenty of ways to change it up in the “variations” section entitled “Change Things Up” below.

Chex Mix Recipe FAQs

1Is It Cheaper To Buy Chex Mix Or Make Your Own?

There may be a little sticker shock after purchasing all the ingredients for this mix, but keep in mind you can make loads of mix with this recipe. That makes it cheaper in the long run.

2Is Chex mix corn or rice?

There are different varieties of Chex cereal — rice, wheat, and corn. This mix combines 3 cups of each, but you can use just 1 or 2 flavors if desired.

3How do you make Chex mix not soggy?

This can happen if all of the seasoning is poured in just one section of the mixture or if it’s not mixed in well.

Additionally, if the mix isn’t baked long enough it can also become soggy.

If you live in a humid area, you’ll want to package it in airtight containers as soon as it has fully cooled.

4What is in the Original Chex Mix Recipe?

The original mix combines corn Chex, wheat Chex, pretzels, mini breadsticks, Rye chips, and a unique seasoning blend.

5What is in the Chex Mix Recipe Bold?

This mix coats everything with a “spicy bold finish” using a “zesty array of spices”

Process shots for making Chex Mix: Combine cereal; add nuts, pretzels and crackers; toss together; combine butter, worcestershire sauce and seasonings.

What Can I Add To Chex Mix?

  • Cereal. We love the combination of the 3 types of Chex cereal (corn, wheat, and rice), but feel free to use just one variety. If you’d like to add in some other cereal, add in plain Cheerios.
  • Cheese Crackers. Grab the brand or type of cheese crackers you like best, we love original Cheez-its here! 
  • Pretzels. Any small pretzel shape will work fine in this Chex Mix Recipe — small rods, miniature twists, or snaps.
  • Nuts. We love the variety of a container of mixed nuts — all different kinds of nuts to add different flavors and textures. That said, you can use a single nut variety if desired. See “quick tip” box below.
  • Seasoning Mix. More on this in the section below!


We love roasted and lightly salted nuts best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part.

Stir together the butter sauce ingredients; pour over cereal mix and toss; spread on a sheet pan and bake; serve.

What is Chex Mix Seasoning Made Of?

  • Butter. Grab unsalted so you can perfectly control the amount of salt–especially since we’re adding seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce which is quite salty.
  • Worcestershire sauce. This adds a nice seasoning and a deeply savory umami flavor. Yes, there’s a lot, but it adds so much!
  • Seasoned salt. We like seasoned salt here for more dimension and flavor. It will leave you craving more and more of this Chex Mix Recipe!
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, & paprika. Just a bit of these three seasonings and you’re given a wonderfully bold flavor.

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Change Things Up!

  • Make a Chex mix recipe sweet by adding a sugar-sweet syrup. This snack mix with a cinnamon-sugar coating plus yogurt-covered pretzels is unbelievably good! If you’d like to make this particular recipe, but sweet, use chocolate or vanilla Chex with graham cookie mix-ins and your favorite small candies or nuts (sugared nuts, M&Ms, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, marshmallows, coconut, etc.)
  • Try a Chex mix recipe sweet and salty version by adding some sweet components to this salty version — add in some M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, or candied nuts (like these candied pecans or candied walnuts).
  • We love a good holiday Chex mix recipe — try our 4th of July Snack Mix for the 4th of July, Sugar Cookie Snack Mix or Hot Chocolate Snack Mix or Christmas Snack Mix for Christmas, Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix for Thanksgiving or Halloween, or this Valentine Snack Mix for Valentine’s Day.
  • Make a spicy Chex Mix recipe by adding in some ground cayenne pepper to the seasoned butter mixture. Start slowly, a small amount can add a lot of heat! You can also add in Tabasco or another hot sauce to the butter mixture–start with 1 tablespoon and increase from there.
  • Other components to add or replace: add in raisins, shredded coconut, Bagel chips, Rye chips, breadstick crackers, popped popcorn, Bugles, corn chips, a different type of nut, peanut or peanut butter M&Ms, etc.

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Chex Mix Recipe Storage

This mix tastes best served within 2-3 days of making it, but it can be stored (at room temperature, in an air-tight container) for up to 2 weeks. 

To freeze: pour completely cooled mix into airtight bags or containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Serve immediately once thawed.


Use (this) 15×21 inch sheet pan to bake all of this snack mix on one tray. This massive sheet pan is a game changer–less dishes is always a win in my book!

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Chex Mix Recipe

This Chex Mix Recipe is loaded with crispy cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, and nuts. The seasoned butter pulls everything together into a mix that is nothing short of addicting!

Chex Mix Recipe

This Chex Mix Recipe is loaded with crispy cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, and nuts. The seasoned butter pulls everything together into a mix that is nothing short of addicting!


  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Set out an extra-large (15×21 inch sheet pan) or 2 smaller (11x17-inch) sheet pans and set aside.
  • COMBINE: In a very large bowl, add the Chex cereal, cheese crackers, pretzels and nuts. Toss to combine.

  • SEASONED BUTTER: In a separate bowl, combine the melted (but not hot!) butter with Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. If desired add in some cayenne pepper (start with 1/4 tsp and increase from there) or Tabasco/hot sauce (start with 1 tbsp and increase from there).

  • TOSS TO COAT: While gently mixing everything, very slowly drizzle the butter mixture over. Be sure to toss really well so the mixture is evenly covered with the seasoned butter.

  • BAKE: Spread the mixture on prepared pans making sure it's in an even layer (not piled). Bake for 1 hour, stirring and flipping the mix every 20 minutes. (Spread in an even layer again after every stir/flip). Remove from the oven and let stand, at room temperature, until fully cooled before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Make it spicy: If you'd like a spicy mix, add some cayenne pepper (start at 1/4 teaspoon) and/or Tabasco sauce (start at 1 tbsp, increase from there).

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 744IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 15mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.