Homemade Chex Mix

This spicy Homemade Chex Mix packs a punch of flavor and heat in every bite! Brace yourself for an explosive blend of crispy, crunchy goodness in every handful.

three small bowls of spicy homemade chex mix on a blue back ground.

This Homemade Chex mix isn’t your average munchie – it’s a flavor adventure! The bold kick spices combined with the perfect hint of smokiness, that will awaken your taste buds. The heat builds with each handful, keeping you hooked from the first crunch to the last.

Whether you’re hosting a game night, a movie marathon, or just craving a snack that’s as exciting as your day, this Spicy Snack Mix is your go-to choice. Warning: once you start, it’s hard to stop! Get ready for a spicy snacking adventure that will leave you craving more.

Ingredients for spicy Homemade Chex Mix

From rich buttery notes to a fiery Sriracha kick, each ingredient plays a crucial role in creating a crunchy symphony of taste. Let’s explore the key players in this irresistible snack sensation!

  1. Butter or Margarine: Serves as the flavor base and adds richness to the mix. Enhances the overall taste, provides a buttery texture, and helps in coating other ingredients evenly.
  2. Low Salt Soy Sauce: Infuses a savory umami flavor without overwhelming the mix with saltiness. Adds depth and complexity to the seasoning profile, complementing the other ingredients.
  3. Sriracha Red Pepper Sauce: Adds a bold and spicy kick to the mix. Adds heat and a zesty flavor, creating a dynamic contrast with the other ingredients.
  4. Toasted Wheat Squares Cereal: Offers a hearty and crunchy base.
  5. Sesame Sticks: Introduces an additional layer of crunch and imparts a distinctive taste with the sesame coating.
  6. Mixed Nuts: Enriches the mix with different nut profiles, offering a satisfying combination of crunchiness and richness.
  7. Pretzels: Delivers a salty and doughy element. Contrasts the sweetness of other ingredients, contributing a savory and crunchy aspect to the snack mix.
  8. Cheese Crackers: Add a cheesy and savory component, a distinct flavor, and a different texture, creating a well-rounded and flavorful snacking experience. They also provide a substantial texture, absorbing the flavors of the seasonings while contributing to the overall crunchiness.

How to Make Homemade Chex Mix

Follow these simple steps to whip up your Homemade Chex Mix and elevate your snacking game!

  • Heat oven to 250°F.
  • In a large roasting pan [paid link], melt butter. Stir in soy sauce, seasoned salt, and sriracha sauce. Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes for even browning. Cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Why this recipe works

This recipe works because it skillfully balances diverse flavors and textures. The buttery richness, umami from soy sauce, and a Sriracha kick create a harmonious blend.

The variety of crunchy elements, from wheat squares to nuts, ensures a satisfying texture. Additionally, the seasoned salt and cheese crackers add a personalized touch, making it a flavorful and unique snacking experience for all taste buds.

Up-close of a bowl of Spicy Homemade Chex Mix.

Serving Suggestions

However you choose to enjoy it, this Homemade Chex Mix is versatile, bold, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

  1. Game Day Spread: Elevate your Super Bowl party with a bowl of Spicy Snack Mix, keeping the energy high during the game.
  2. Movie Night Munchies: Pair it with your favorite films for a spicy and satisfying snack that enhances your movie-watching experience.
  3. Happy Hour: Serve alongside cocktails or mocktails during a casual get-together for a zesty twist to happy hour.
  4. Office Snack: Keep a jar at work to combat midday cravings with a flavorful and energizing pick-me-up.
  5. Trail Mix: Take it on outdoor adventures for a portable and spicy trail mix that fuels your explorations.
  6. Mason Jar Gift: Create personalized jars of Spicy Snack Mix as thoughtful and delicious gifts for friends and family.

Recipe Variations

Experiment with these variations to customize your Homemade Chex Mix and discover new flavor dimensions!

  1. Sweet and Spicy: Add a touch of honey or maple syrup to balance the heat with sweetness.
  2. Ranch: Mix in ranch seasoning for a cool and tangy flavor profile.
  3. Garlic Parmesan: Toss the mix with garlic powder and grated Parmesan for an Italian-inspired twist.
  4. Cajun: Swap the salt for Cajun seasoning to intensify the spice.
  5. Smokehouse: Infuse a smoky flavor by using smoked paprika or chipotle powder.

Storage, Reheat, and Freezing Instructions

Storage: Keep your Homemade Chex Mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. This ensures freshness and maintains the crunchiness of the ingredients.

Reheat: If the mix loses its crispiness, spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F (150°C) for 10-15 minutes. Allow it to cool before serving.

Freezing: For longer storage, freeze in a sealed bag or container for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature, then reheat if needed for optimal texture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I adjust the spice level?

Absolutely! Customize the Sriracha quantity to your liking for a milder or bolder kick. It’s all about tailoring the mix to your taste preferences.

Can I substitute ingredients?

Certainly! Feel free to swap nuts, crackers, or pretzels based on your preferences. Experiment with different combinations to create your unique version.

How do I prevent it from getting soggy?

Ensure the mix is completely cool before storing in an airtight container. This prevents moisture buildup. If it loses crunchiness, reheat in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for a crispy revival.

Wine, Cocktail, and Beer pairings

Wine Pairing: Pair your Spicy Snack Mix with a crisp and refreshing white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. The bright acidity and citrus notes complement the spice, creating a delightful contrast.

Cocktail Suggestion: A Spicy Margarita is the perfect companion. The heat from the snack mix harmonizes with the zesty kick of the cocktail, creating a dynamic and flavorful pairing.

Beer Match: Opt for a light and effervescent beer such as a wheat beer or a pale ale. The bubbly effervescence cleanses the palate between bites, enhancing the overall snacking experience.

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Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
This spicy Homemade Chex Mix packs a punch of flavor and heat in every bite! Brace yourself for an explosive blend of crispy, crunchy goodness in every handful..
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons low salt soy sauce sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Homemade seasoned salt Blend
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Sriracha red pepper sauce
  • 6 cups (14 oz box) Toasted Wheat squares cereal
  • 2 cups sesame sticks
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 2 cups cheese crackers


  • Heat oven to 250°F.
  • In a large roasting pan [paid link], melt butter. Stir in soy sauce, seasoned salt and sriracha sauce. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes for even browning. Cool completely.
  • Store in airtight container for up to two weeks.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 37mgFolate: 57µgIron: 2mgZinc: 1mg
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