We’ve loaded our zesty Ranch Chex Mix with seasoned pretzels, peanuts, Chex cereal, and a variety of crackers. This insanely easy ranch snack mix is tossed with mustard powder, ranch seasoning, and melted butter then baked in the oven for 30 minutes until crunchy and golden brown.
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 and hearty snack 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 nibbler mix for an added twist.
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 healthy snack Ranch Chex Mix!
I made a big batch of this seasoned snack mix 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 healthy snack 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.
This cheesy 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!
If you’re looking for a quick snack to bring to a party, school lunch snack ideas, 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. Plus, it’s good with peanuts like pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts.
Skip store-bought mustard pretzels and snack mixes and try this kid-friendly gourmet Ranch Chex Mix for your next party!
This ITALIAN CHEX MIX is the next best thing! Plus, you’ll love this CAJUN CHEX MIX for football parties, holiday parties, and Christmas. If you’re a fan of this Ranch Chex Mix and want to try the other versions, too.
Ranch Chex Mix Snack
- 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
- 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.
Joan Crider12/09/2020 at 1:54 pm
I’m personally not a fan of Chex type cereal. Any suggestions on what I could substitute for it?
Jessica Knott12/10/2020 at 10:01 am
Corn flakes or any other bland cereal that is not sweet.
Lisa Yoder12/17/2021 at 9:49 am
What is mustard powder? Like just dry mustard?
Swankyrecipes12/22/2021 at 9:39 pm
Sandy Shewchuk01/05/2022 at 7:52 am
I am not a fan of the chex cereals but make mine with Chrispix.
Joan03/23/2022 at 11:30 am
I, too, burned one of the trays. So watch the snack carefully.
Also, I buy the ranch dressing from a bulk food store and I think it lost some of it’s flavor. So next time I will use the packaged ranch dressing.
Swankyrecipes03/24/2022 at 12:49 pm
Joan, so sorry to hear. It really is a great recipe for a snack. Hopefully you try it again.
Anu Prabhakar04/09/2022 at 8:16 am
I would serve this at a party. These are 100% better than the pre-packaged chex mixes.
Swankyrecipes04/09/2022 at 12:25 pm
I like your choice. Thank you.
Pam12/06/2022 at 1:25 pm
This Chex mix is excellent! I double the ranch mixture and just bought small pretzel balls to replace the larger pretzels. My question is, how far in advance can this be made and still be delicious?
Debby12/24/2022 at 8:46 am
Do you use dry grated Parmesan in the can ! If you use simply grated Parmesan won’t this be really messy and would melt over everything ?
Swankyrecipes01/02/2023 at 10:54 am
I use the grated stuff in the can or a plastic container.