Taco Chex mix is such an easy to make twist on the classic snack mix. It is loaded with taco flavor, is super crunchy and is easily customizable with your favorite ingredients.
This fun Tex-Mex chex mix is perfect for so many occasions. Any time you need a savory snack to munch on by the handful, it will fit the bill.
As Christmastime grows closer, so does Chex mix season in our family. In fact, one of my brothers proclaims that Chex mix is his favorite Christmas cookie.
It is perfect for snacking on while waiting for the big meal to be done. Or it is good to eat intermittently between cookies to cut the sweetness.
The classic Chex mix recipe is always a hit. It is super easy to make from scratch with ingredients you likely already have in the spice cabinet.
We also really enjoy eating fun variations like dill and ranch snack mix. There are just so many fun twist on the theme.
Making the Chex mix
Get out a big roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. Melt a stick of butter in the pan while the oven is preheating.
Add a packet of taco seasoning to the melted butter and stir to combine. You can use two Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning if you happen to have that instead of store-bought.
Add a mix of cereal, pretzels, crackers and peanuts and stir to coat. We like the mix specified in the recipe card below but you can easily change it up to match your favorites.
Oyster crackers or goldfish crackers would be great options as alternatives. You could also use bagel chips or Gardettos if you like.
You can also use a different ratio of Chex cereal if you would like. Crispix or other similar cereals would also work.
Then bake the cereal in a low oven for an hour. Take it out every fifteen minutes to make sure it is all coated and getting access to the hot air.
That’s it! It is really super simple, waiting the hour for it to be done is the hardest part.
Storing Chex mix
The key to storing Chex mix correctly is first making sure that the mixture is completely cooled before transferring it to an airtight container. If it is kept out of humidity and in an airtight container Chex mix can be stored for up to four to five weeks.
So make sure the lid to your storage container fits tight and is close after every use. Or store the mix in several smaller containers to keep the rest crunchy longer.
I have read that you can freeze Chex mix for several months but we have never had enough leftover after a day or two to give it a try. The refrigerator is not recommended for crunchy snack mixes like this.
More great snack recipes
Ritz bits snack mix is really easy to put together. It doesn’t even require a trip to the oven, just a little time to chill.
Swamp fish crackers are coated in ranch, garlic and dill. They are munchable and perfect as a snack or a great way to jazz up a bowl of soup.
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning
- 2 cups rice Chex
- 2 cups corn Chex
- 1 cup wheat Chex
- 2 cups cheese crackers
- 1 cup pretzels
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Put stick of butter in roasting pan or large rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven until melted.
- Stir taco seasoning into melted butter.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1/2 Cup Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.