No party is complete without homemade Chex Mix Snacks. The crunchy, crispy cereal mixed with pretzels and taco seasoning is so addictive it's hard to stop with one handful. No one can resist it, so it's a good idea to make a double batch!
Some things stand the test of time, and Chex mix is at the top of the list when it comes to snacks. It's a classic we love to make all year, especially during the holiday season when we have friends and family over for parties. It also makes a great gift – if you can manage not to eat the entire batch first.
There are all kinds of homemade Chex mix recipes made with pretty much every flavor imaginable. I'm showing how to make Chex party mix with taco seasoning for this recipe, and the flavors work great. It's a salty chili seasoned snack that is really easy to make.
Easy Microwave Chex Mix
The best part about this recipe is that you can use the microwave to make it. It's quick, easy, and ready in no time.
Original Chex Mix has nuts, but I swap them with corn chips which add more crunch and Southwest flavor to go with the taco seasoning. Plus, if you're serving it at parties or making it for gifts, making Chex mix without nuts means, there are no worries about allergies.
- Rice Chex
- Corn Chex
- Pretzels or pretzel sticks
- Corn chips
- Unsalted butter
- Taco seasoning packet
How to Make Chex Mix
Place both kinds of cereal, pretzels, and corn chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine.
Place the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Warm it in the microwave in 10-second increments until it's melted. Once it's melted, stir in the taco seasoning.
Pour the seasoned butter over the cereal mix in the large bowl. Stir well, so everything is evenly coated in the butter. Microwave the snack mix for four to six minutes, or until the cereal is browned and crispy. Be sure to check on it as it cooks so it doesn't burn.
Spread the hot snack mix on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave it at room temperature until it's cooled, and then serve it or store it in an airtight container for later.
Cereal: There are all kinds of different flavored Chex cereal, so feel free to use your favorites and mix and match to put your spin on this Chex mix snack mix.
Seasoning: I use ½ a packet of taco seasoning, but if you want a strong taco flavor, feel free to use the entire package for your snack mix.
Butter: I like to use unsalted butter because the seasoning packet has plenty of salt.
Other Mix-In Ideas: You can add your favorite nuts or try crunchy rye chips, cheese crackers, or mini crunchy breadsticks.
Storage: Homemade Chex mix can keep well up to a month at room temperature as long as it's stored in an airtight container.
Freezing: You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to four months. This homemade Chex mix is always on our list for parties and holidays. Sometimes we make it for movie and game nights, too. It's always a winner with our friends and family – I think it will be with yours, too. Enjoy!
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Chex Mix Recipe
- 1.5 cups Rice Chex
- 1.5 cups Corn Chex
- 1 cup pretzels or pretzel sticks
- 1 cup corn chips
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ½ to 1 packet taco seasoning 1 ounce – the full packet gives it a strong taco seasoning flavor
- In a large microwavable bowl add both Chex cereals, pretzels and corn chips. Mix thoroughly.
- In a small microwavable bowl melt the butter. Microwave for 10 seconds at a time until butter is melted. Pour taco seasoning into the butter and stir together.
- Pour butter mixture into the Chex mix and combine so everything gets a coating.
- Put the bowl of Chex mix in the microwave and heat for 4-6 minutes. Cereal should be browned (but not burned) and a crisp.
- Spread Chex mix on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper to cool.
- You can use other flavors of Chex if you like them better.
- You can add different ingredients like rye chips, cheese crackers or mini breadsticks.
This Chex Mix is so good you’ll want to make a double batch – trust me! It’s the perfect party dish and can be customized for so many different holidays.
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