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Ranch Chex Mix

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This oven-baked ranch Chex mix will have you reaching for more with its insanely addictive and tangy ranch twist. 
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  1. Ranch Chex Mix Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Ranch Chex Mix Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This cheesy ranch Chex mix is the ultimate blend of salty and savory flavors, with plenty of crunchy goodness to keep you hooked. The perfect party snack, it has all your favorite snacks coated in an addictive ranch seasoning to give it extreme flavor.

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Ranch Chex Mix Ingredients

Ranch Chex Mix raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 4½ cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 4½ cups rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups pretzel snaps
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese crackers (we used Cheez-Its)
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese crackers
  • 1½ cups oyster crackers
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • ⅔ cup salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (1-ounce) packets of dry ranch dressing mix 
  • ⅔ cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley, divided

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEX: You can substitute corn Chex for the rice Chex. Or you can even use 3 cups each of the wheat, rice, and corn Chex instead of the 4½ cups of just the wheat and rice Chex.

NUTS: You can substitute mixed party nuts for dry roasted peanuts in this Chex ranch mix.

​​ADD-INS: There are plenty of different mix-ins you can add to this simple snack. Tasty substitutions include Cheerios, bagel chips, corn nuts, or goldfish crackers. 

How to Make This Ranch Chex Mix Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set them aside.

STEP TWO: Add the Chex cereals, pretzels, cheese crackers, oyster crackers, and peanuts to a 2½-gallon Ziploc bag or an extra-large mixing bowl.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you cannot find the 2½-gallon Ziploc bag, you can use 2-gallon Ziploc bags. 

cereal, pretzel, cheese crackers, oyster cracker and peanut added to a mixing bowl

STEP THREE: Add the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

melted butter and Worcestershire whisked in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture. 

butter mixture over the cereal mixture in a bowl

STEP FIVE: If using the Ziploc bag, zip the bag and shake to completely coat the cereal mixture. If using the extra-large mixing bowl, stir to coat completely.

PRO TIP:

Don’t overmix when stirring the mix in the bowl; you don’t want to break the Chex cereal.

STEP SIX: Open the Ziploc and sprinkle in the dry ranch seasoning and the parmesan. Zip the bag closed and shake to coat completely. If using the bowl, sprinkle the ranch mix and parmesan. Stir to coat completely.

coat the mixture in parmesan and ranch seasoning and shake

STEP SEVEN: Divide the Chex mix evenly between the two prepared baking sheets. 

STEP EIGHT: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of dried parsley over each pan of Chex mix.

STEP NINE: Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow the Chex mix to cool before serving. 

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your Chex mix as the suggested baking time approaches.

baked Ranch Chex Mix in a tray

How To Serve

This zesty ranch Chex mix is a great option to serve for movie night or at a party. Add our buffalo chicken dip and cucumber bites to keep your crowd happy. This Chex mix also makes a great gift during the holidays. Wrap in a cellophane bag with a fancy bow for a homemade gift.

Snack mixes are a great addition to most any event or just when you are craving something savory. Our dill pickle Chex mix and pumpkin spice Chex mix are two more versions of this irresistible treat.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these crunchy snacks in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cooled savory ranch party mix for up to 2 months. 

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Ranch Chex mix is one of those recipes that’s impossible to resist. It’s salty, savory, and crunchy – everything you could want in a snack. Plus, it’s easy to make so you can have a batch ready whenever the mood strikes. Trust me, once you try this easy recipe, you’ll be hooked!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add other ingredients to this ranch Chex mix snack?

This Chex party mix is very flexible. Add or omit whichever ingredients you’d like, and it will still be a very tasty treat.

Can I freeze this simple recipe?

This easy ranch Chex mix recipe can be frozen for up to two months stored in an airtight container.

Can I store this on the counter or in the fridge?

Homemade Chex ranch mix can be safely stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container on the counter.

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This oven-baked ranch Chex mix will have you reaching for more with its insanely addictive and tangy ranch twist. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 22

Ingredients
  

  • cups wheat Chex
  • cups rice Chex
  • 2 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups pretzel snaps
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese crackers, we used Cheez-Its
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese crackers
  • cups oyster crackers
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • cup salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces dry ranch dressing mix
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley, divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set them aside.
  • Add the Chex cereals, pretzels, cheese crackers, oyster crackers, and peanuts to a 2½-gallon Ziploc bag or an extra-large mixing bowl.
  • Add the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture.
  • If using the Ziploc bag, zip the bag and shake to completely coat the cereal mixture. If using the extra-large mixing bowl, stir to coat completely.
  • Open the Ziploc and sprinkle in the ranch mix and the parmesan. Zip the bag closed and shake to coat completely. If using the bowl, sprinkle the ranch mix and parmesan. Stir to coat completely.
  • Divide the Chex mix evenly between the two prepared baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of dried parsley over each pan of Chex mix.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, stir and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow the Chex mix to cool before serving.

Notes

  • If you cannot find the 2½-gallon Ziploc bag, you can use 2-gallon Ziploc bags.
  • Don’t overmix when stirring the mix in the bowl; you don’t want to break the Chex cereal.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your Chex mix as the suggested baking time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 7mg
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