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Easy Chex Party Mix Recipe

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One of my all-time favorite snacks for home TV viewing and parties is the Chex party mix.

Homemade Chex Mix Snack

Bowl of Chex party mix

This Chex mix recipe is super easy and something you can get your kids to help you make.

I’ve enjoyed Chex party mix since the very first time I ever ate it. That’s because it has the perfect balance of salty and spicy.

The only problem is that so many times it’s loaded with ingredients containing gluten, and I’m gluten-intolerant. But that’s an easy fix.

I decided to make my own with gluten-free Chex mix ingredients. Basically, I only had to do 2 things: eliminate the wheat version of cereal and swap out the pretzels.

What’s cool about that is no one can tell the difference, and I’m able to enjoy it along with my friends.

Since I add more Corn Chex and Rice Chex, you still get the same amount of these little squares of deliciousness.

And the gluten-free pretzels taste exactly the same as the regular ones, according to everyone who has tried my version.

Plus people are always happy when I bring homemade Chex mix to any event. In fact, people have told me that my party mix is better than most.

Other delicious snack foods I like to bring to parties are these delicious roasted pecans and this tasty Greek yogurt onion dip with chips.

These spicy hot fire crackers with plain yogurt for dipping and this tasty spinach dip with crackers or bread are also delicious.

If you still have room on the snack table, you’ll also want to add these yummy rotisserie chicken nachos.

Chex Party Mix Dry Ingredients

Most recipes for the original Chex mix include corn, rice, and wheat flavored Chex cereals.

Since the only one containing gluten is the wheat, I leave out the wheat variety as I mentioned earlier.

When you add more Corn Chex and Rice Chex, no one will know the difference.

Corn Chex and Rice Chex

I used to have to leave out the pretzels, until the Glutino food company started making gluten-free pretzel rods. I’ve tried other brands in the past couple of years–all of them good.

Because of this, I can have the full party mix experience. I’ve seen gluten-free twisted pretzels, but they’re not always available.

Bag of pretzel sticks

Other Chex Party Mix Ingredients

The other ingredients in the mix are typically gluten-free. Butter doesn’t have gluten, and I purchase Worcestershire sauce that doesn’t have gluten.

Butter in a small glass bowl

You can use whatever type of nuts you prefer, including mixed nuts.

However, as a southern girl whose parents and grandparents had pecan trees in the yard that was the most natural nut for me to use.

Unfortunately, we don’t have pecan trees, so I have to buy them.

Pecan halves in a small glass bowl

I add seasoned salt to bring out the flavor of all the ingredients. Even more important to my taste buds, I add cayenne pepper to give it a little extra zing.

It’ll make you thirsty, but it’s always a good idea to drink more water anyway. So go for it!

Chex party mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl

Perfect for All Special Occasions

Chex party mix ingredients spread out on a baking pan

Make more than you need so you’ll have plenty to serve guests when they pop over for a visit.

You’ll also enjoy this sweet and salty snack mix that adds another layer of deliciousness.

Another delightful treat is this slow cooker ranch nut recipe for a blend of nutty flavor and seasonings. After all, a southern home always has something yummy to eat.

Bowl of Chex party mix

Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s party at home or you’re going to a friend’s house for the Super Bowl, double this Chex party mix recipe and bring it to share with everyone.

You’ll also want to make a delicious cheese ball and bring some crackers. Another delicious party food is this Holiday Cheese Ball from Back to My Southern Roots.

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 10 servings

Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix

Bowl of Chex party mix

Chex party mix that is gluten-free and spicy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 cup pecans (or mixed nuts if you prefer)
  • 1 cup gluten-free pretzel rods
  • 4 tablespoons butter (less if you prefer lower fat)
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (more if you like it super spicy)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add the Corn Chex, Rice Chex, nuts, and pretzel rods to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the butter. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and cayenne powder to the butter.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir well, being careful not to break the pieces.
  5. Pour the coated mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
  6. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Stir carefully and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack. Cool for 15 minutes.

Notes

Store in an air-tight, sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1/3 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 12mgSodium 355mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Joanne

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

We love mixing up different chex party mix versions; this sound yummy.

Stacey

Friday 22nd of November 2019

My Nanny used to make these when I was little. She called it Nuts and Bolts. Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making this!

southernhomeexpress

Friday 22nd of November 2019

Hi Stacey! What a great name for this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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