The Best Chex Mix Recipe

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This Chex mix recipe is the BEST snack for family get-togethers or parties with friends. It is toasty, savory, and completely addicting! This Chex mix recipe comes together quickly and is much better than the store-bought version.

Game Night Chex Mix in a Bowl.
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  1. Chex Mix Recipe Ingredients
  2. Seasoning Sauce Ingredients
  3. How to Make The Chex Mix Recipe
  4. Make it Gluten-Free Chex Mix
  5. Tips and Variations for the Classic Chex Mix
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Storing and Making Ahead Homemade Chex Mix
  8. More Chex Mix Recipes
  9. Best Chex Mix Recipe Recipe

When our family gets together we love to play games, especially team card games that tend to go on for hours. All the vigorous gaming activity means we need to stock up on snacks to keep everyone filled and energized. I have a pretty lengthy list of snacks that I make on rotation, but this Chex mix recipe almost always makes an appearance. Plus, it will fill your house with the most amazing flavor as it bakes, which is a win-win in my book.

This Chex mix recipe is also the perfect snack for football games, parties, and any other type of get-together. Just place a serving bowl out with a scoop and some individual bowls and watch it fly off the table. I can practically guarantee you will not have any leftovers.

Chex Mix Recipe Ingredients

Another reason to love this simple homemade Chex mix recipe is that it can be customized to your preferences. I have a list of suggested ingredients below, but if you don’t like one of the ingredients, just leave it out and adjust the volume of something else to make up for it!

  • Chex cereal – Combine three Chex mix kinds of cereal together. Rice, corn, and wheat have different textures and flavors to each of them. The wheat Chex cereal is a dark brown color, harder, and dry compared to the other two.
  • Club cracker minis – These are so cute, and adorable, and pop in your mouth so easily. They are buttery and rich in this sweet and savory mix.
  • Pretzel sticks – Added in for more of a salty crunch!
  • Cheerios cereal – Sweetness is needed with this savory combination. These little round “o’s” are the perfect little snack to add to the snack mix.
  • Peanuts – Crunchy and salty is just what this mix needs. It brings in a delicious boost of flavor every time!

Seasoning Sauce Ingredients

Mix ingredients together to make a sweet, salty, and savory sauce that is drizzled over the top of the mixture. It is a buttery and delicious flavor that bakes right into the famous snack. It is the best combination!

  • Butter – Melt the butter in the microwave to easily stir together. The melted butter mixture will combine all the seasonings together and give the Chex mix a crispy texture when baked.
  • Worcestershire sauce – This sauce is hard to say but it has so many amazing flavors within it! Sweet, savory, tangy, and salty make the perfect balance among the Chex mix mixture.
  • Seasoning salt – Salty, strong, and savory seasoning has loads of flavor and can be used on so many recipes. Be sure to keep this in your pantry to have on hand!
  • Garlic powder – Add in the garlicky taste and flavor! It is a MUST for this party mix.

How to Make The Chex Mix Recipe

Our Chex mix recipe is loaded with 3 kinds of Chex cereal, crackers, Cheerios, pretzels, and peanuts tossed and baked in savory flavors. Bagel chips, nuts, and cereal mixture in every bite. It is salty, savory, and addicting!

  1. Stir – Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and toss them together. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.
  2. Seasoning sauce – Pour the sauce over the dry ingredients while mixing. Continue to mix until all the ingredients are evenly coated with seasoning.
  3. Baking sheet – Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Spread the Chex mix mixture in an even layer over the top of the baking pan.
  4. Preheat oven – Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, then spread out over paper towels on the counter to cool.

Make it Gluten-Free Chex Mix

This recipe can also be turned into a gluten-free Chex mix recipe fairly easily. Chex cereal itself is gluten-free, except for the wheat flavor. This Chex mix recipe calls for corn and rice Chex, both of which are already GF. Rather than doing all three Chex bowls of cereal, just do a mix of the corn and rice versions and skip the wheat altogether.

You’ll just need to sub in whatever your preferred gluten-free pretzels and crackers are, and make sure to choose a GF Worcestershire sauce and you’re set. As an added bonus, this Chex mix recipe is already vegetarian as well. In short, this really is the perfect snack to make that nearly everyone can munch on and enjoy.

Tips and Variations for the Classic Chex Mix

You know there are always great ways to add in, substitute, or make Chex mix even better with these helpful tips and variations. Try new ways and ingredients in your Chex party mix!

  • Add – Try popcorn, chocolate chips, marshmallows, cheese crackers, or another type of Chex cereal.
  • Seasoning – Substitute garlic powder for onion powder or add it with the garlic powder. Cinnamon or cayenne pepper is also another great savoy and spicy seasoning to try.
  • Nuts – Use a softer nut like these almonds or cashews.
  • Roasting pan – Double the recipe and use a large roasting pan to bake. Stir every few minutes to bake evenly coat with the seasoning.

“This was so easy to make! Loved this homemade version and so much better than store bought.”

-Emily L.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the Chex mix originate from?

Chex was created by the Ralston-Purina Company back in the 1950s. They were not able to sell as many at that time so it was a form of combining to help them sell Wheat and Rice Chex cereal. At that time there was no corn Chex cereal. Now, the company has gone through several ownership changes and today it is part of General Mills.

Is it cheaper to buy Chex mix or make your own?

Homemade is always best! Making your own and seeing exactly what ingredients are going into the recipe is always rewarding and most of the time healthier. Making your own Chex mix is cheaper than buying a bag at the store. The first time you make it, the ingredients may seem high but creating several batches and seeing the number of batches you can make compared to buying is a lot cheaper.

Why is my Chex mix soggy?

If your Chex mix is chewy, then you can add more mixture ingredients. This can mean there was not a good balance of the liquid and snack mixture or there are parts of the mixture that was not stirred and mixed together leaving a few chewy and soggy areas.

Storing and Making Ahead Homemade Chex Mix

This Chex mix can be made ahead of time and either stored in jars or bags or eaten right away. Chex mix tastes freshest when served within two to three days. It will last in an airtight container for up to two weeks long.

More Chex Mix Recipes

I wasn’t joking when I said we love a good Chex mix recipe. Here are a few other versions of this simple, quick snack you can try.

Game Night Chex Mix in a Bowl

Best Chex Mix Recipe

5 from 6 votes
This Best Chex Mix is the perfect snack for family get togethers. It is toasty and savory and addicting! So much better than store bought! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the seasoning sauce:


  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.
  • Pour the sauce over the dry ingredients while mixing. Continue to mix until all the ingredients are evenly coated with seasoning.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, and spread the mix evenly over the top.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, then spread out over paper towels on the counter to cool.
  • When completely cool, store in an airtight container, or ziplock bag.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1087mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 720IUVitamin C: 6.8mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 11.5mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    We’ve been trying a few of your Chex Mix recipes. They are so delicious. I live this savory one. I tend to add more garlic powder 🙈😁

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds so easy to make and so delicious too! I love a good Chex Mix and this one looks great.