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Easy Chex Party Mix Recipe

One of my all-time favorite snacks for home TV viewing and parties is the Chex party mix. It’s the perfect treat to make for watching the Super Bowl.

Bowl of Chex party mix

You can make it as traditional or unique as you like. In fact, I’ve made it at least a dozen different ways, and they’re all good.

In this case, I leaned toward the traditional version with one little tweak: It’s a gluten free party mix. More on that later. For now, I want to let you know how addictive it is.

This stuff is so delicious that it’s hard to resist. When we know there’s some in the house, we can’t seem to stop heading to the kitchen to get another bite … or bowl of it. I like to have a variety of savory treats, so I typically keep some boiled peanuts in the freezer to thaw when I’m in the mood for snacking.

Homemade Chex Mix Snack

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 a few things: eliminate the wheat version of cereal, leave out the little melba rounds, 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 and family.

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. If you’re not sure, email or call the company to find out.

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

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

Chex party mix ingredients spread out on a baking pan

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.

More Easy Appetizer Recipes

Next time you host a get-together, put out a few of these, delight your guests with some yummy snack foods.

Or if you’re going to someone else’s party, bring one or two of these yummy treats. Just make sure you have enough.

Chip Dip Recipes with Sour Cream – If you have a tub of sour cream and a few more ingredients, you can make a delicious dip.

Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips – No one has to know how nutritious these are. All they’ll care about is that they’re absolutely delicious!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños – Spicy food lovers will go crazy over these yummy snacks! I make them in my air fryer, but you can bake them in the oven if you want.

Ranch Air Fryer Chickpeas – Crunchy and oh-so flavorful, these are another addictive snack!

Bacon Stuffed Tomatoes – Add a little color to the snack table with these delicious little stuffed tomatoes.

Tortilla Chips – Have you ever made your own tortilla chips? It’s super easy, especially when you use your air fryer! And they are so good with this homemade salsa!

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


  • 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)


  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.


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

Nutrition Information



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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Wednesday 10th of June 2020

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


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!


Friday 22nd of November 2019

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

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