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Ranch Chex Mix Snack

Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.

We’ve loaded our zesty Ranch Chex Mix with pretzels, peanuts, Chex cereal, and a variety of crackers.  This insanely easy snack mix is tossed with mustard powder, ranch seasoning, and melted butter then baked in the oven for 30 minutes.

I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had this Ranch Snack Mix on hand to bring to summer parties the past few weeks.  It’s such an easy appetizer to make for a crowd and I love that this recipe is a classic, too.  I grew up eating Chex Snack Mix and over time, I’ve added my favorite Ranch seasoning to the mix.

Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.

Y’all, it has been raining in NOLA for 3 weeks and I’m in a bit of a funk. I have friends coming into town and this rain is just too much. Don’t get me wrong, I long for the days of reading a good book while the rain taters against the rooftop but at some point, life must go on!

I just got back to NOLA a few weeks ago after spending 2 months in Wisconsin and I’m dreading this weather, especially since it looks like it will be here to stay. On the other hand, this rain has given me time to clean every corner of the house and now I’m finally stocking our emergency hurricane kit.  Only the essentials will make the cut and that includes this Ranch Chex Mix!

Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.

I made a big batch of this and it will keep stored in the pantry until November.

But, don’t worry, this is the second batch I’ve made this week because it’s really delicious!  I’m also stocking the pantry with these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls, these Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bars.  I can’t believe it has been 1 year since we flooded in a heavy rainfall.  You can read more about that crazy experience here and also get the recipe for these insanely delicious Oatmeal Fig Bars.

To bring this trail mix together, I add extra ranch seasoning, mustard powder, grated parmesan, and dried parsley to the top before serving.  The seasoning mix adds a zesty, robust yet flavorful taste that can’t be beaten.

Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.

This Chex snack mix is also perfect for long road trips.  I’ll be heading out to San Antonio to visit my sister next month and it’s an 8-hour car drive one-way.  Matt and I will be making a stop in Houston to visit friends but then we have our hearts set on visiting my sister’s new food truck, The Slider Shack.

We’ll be there to watch the ribbon cutting, something the community does to celebrate new business owners.  I know this ranch snack mix will help curb hunger during the long road trip!
Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.

If you’re looking for a quick snack to bring to a party, a school lunch, pack for a road trip, or to make for movie night, then this ranch cheese snack is for you.  Even better, it can be made with ingredients you like.  Sometimes, I like to skip the oyster crackers or peanuts and opt for Fritos or Bugles.  Otherwise, the pretzels, peanuts, rice cereal, and cheese crackers taste delicious with this blended seasoning.

Skip store-bought mustard pretzels and snack mixes and try this gourmet Ranch Chex Mix for your next party!

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Ranch Chex Mix Snack

This Ranch Chex Mix made for a crowd. My favorite snack mix is loaded with peanuts, cheese crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal. This easy zesty Ranch Chex Mix is perfect for parties and school lunches.  

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20
Author Jessica @ Swankyrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 5 cups rice cereal such as Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups cashews or cocktail mix peanuts
  • 5 cups pretzels
  • 3 cups cheese crackers
  • 2 cups oyster crackers
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ounce ranch seasoning dry powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a large rimmed jelly roll sheet with parchment paper. 

    In an extra large mixing bowl, combine rice cereal, peanuts, pretzels, cheese crackers, and oyster crackers.  

    Gently toss with large slotted spoons.  

    Melt butter in microwave and toss together with mixture in bowl.

    Combine ranch seasoning powder, mustard powder, grated parmesan, and dried parsley.

    Sprinkle over mixture then gently toss together.

    Pour mixture evenly over prepared pan.

    Bake in oven 30 minutes, tossing mixture halfway through baking.

    Allow to cool then store in airtight container.  

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    08/08/2018 at 10:33 am

    I would literally eat this whole bowl if it was in front of me. Chex Mix is one of those foods that I just can’t stop eating. Topped with ranch seasoning and that is game over for me! This would be soooo great to bring to a friends house or gathering. 🙂

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    Anna
    08/08/2018 at 12:31 pm

    What a perfect snack! I wish I could just grab it off the screen! Perfect for sharing, and great crowd pleaser!

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    Kelly Anthony
    08/08/2018 at 2:02 pm

    Ugh! Yes, please! This looks like the perfect party snack.

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    Shanna Jones
    08/08/2018 at 2:51 pm

    The perfect party mix loaded with everything I love! Does it get any better than a ranch-flavored snack? Love this!

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    Kiki Johnson
    08/08/2018 at 7:53 pm

    Oh Yes! The mustard powder and ranch seasoning is right down my alley. I’d lose all self control snacking on this!

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    Sri Mallya
    08/08/2018 at 10:04 pm

    This looks so addictive. I wish I could grab some right now. I can have this anytime of the day. Yummy!

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    Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale
    08/09/2018 at 10:39 am

    These have all my favorite munchies all in one bowl! I love the ranch flavor mix addition. I can’t wait to make a big batch of this.

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    Nicole
    08/09/2018 at 8:37 pm

    This is absolutely perfect for football season that starts in a couple of weeks.

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    Jenni LeBaron
    08/11/2018 at 11:29 am

    I haven’t had chex mix in years and now I’m craving it. Your recipe looks awesome – I’m sure it would go over really well at my house!

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    David @ Cooking Chat
    08/12/2018 at 9:27 am

    Yum! I bet this is hard to stop eating. I’ve eaten some good mixes like this but haven’t tried making it. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Abby @ WinsteadWandering
    08/12/2018 at 5:19 pm

    This looks, literally, too good. I know myself well enough to know I can’t be trusted around any recipe that uses the words “ranch” and “chex mix.” But it would be perfect for bringing to a party!

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    Vanessa Vickery
    08/12/2018 at 6:09 pm

    What a great easy to make snack!! Perfect for the footy season!

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    Heather
    08/13/2018 at 3:25 am

    I would eat the entire bowl myself!! .. unapoligetically, too may I add! Great recipe .. super easy, super creative and looks so addictive

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