Original Chex Mix Recipe

Homemade Chex Mix is easy to make, so you don’t have to buy prepackaged stuff. In fact, this original Chex Mix recipe for the oven is a favorite of my family and friends.

Homemade original Chex mix in a bowl and on parchment paper.


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What Makes the Original Chex Mix Recipe So Good? 

Recipes become classics for one reason: They are darn delicious. And if you grew up eating Chex Mix, you already know how amazing it tastes.

It’s not just the combination of cereal squares, pretzels, and nuts that make this mix so special, but the additional seasoning that transforms this recipe from a hodgepodge of run-of-the-mill snacks into something so much more. It is time to relive your past or try the Original Chex Mix for the first time. 

Why You Should Try Making Homemade Chex Mix 

If nostalgia is not a good enough reason to try this recipe for Chex Mix, maybe discovering how easy it is to make will change your mind. It is a great cooking project for young chefs, and it’s much cheaper and healthier than potato chips or cheese puffs.

Serve this snack on game day or stash a tub in the car as the ultimate travel food to keep the kids quiet in the backseat. 

The Best Chex Mix Recipe Ingredients

For this Chex Mix oven snack, you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion powder
  • Wheat Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Rice Chex
  • Salted nuts
  • Mini pretzels

You don’t have to buy all three types of Chex for the recipe, but the different flavors add some variety to the mix. Use your favorite type of Chex cereal.

The original Chex Mix recipe from the box calls for mixed nuts, but feel free to use your favorites. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts are favorites.

Original Chex mix ingredients on a tray.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Oven-Baked Chex Mix

To make your own Chex Mix:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Line two rimmed baking trays with parchment paper. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the baking trays. If you make a double batch, use more baking trays or bake in batches.
  3. Heat the butter for 45 seconds in the microwave and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Original chex mix butter seasoning mixture in a bowl.
  1. Place the Chex cereal, pretzels, and nuts in a large mixing bowl and pour the spiced melted butter mixture over the top of the cereal mixture. Toss well to coat. 
  2. Divide the Chex Mix between the two prepared baking trays. Spread them out into an even layer then put them into the oven. 
Homemade chex mix before baking in the oven.
  1. After 15 minutes, shake the baking trays and swap their positions on the oven racks. 
  2. Repeat every 15 minutes for a total cooking time of 45 minutes. 
  3. Make sure you don’t over-bake the mix. Once the wheat Chex get a bit of color on them, it is time to get the trays out of the oven.
  4. Eating Chex Mix warm is a special treat, but if you prefer, you can allow it to cool before serving. The Chex Mix needs to cool to room temperature before storing. 
Homemade original Chex mix in a bowl and scattered on parchment.

Recipe Variations 

Besides selecting your preferred Chex cereal flavors and nuts for this mix, try adding a few of these additional mix-ins:

  • Bagel chips
  • Cheese crackers
  • Pumpernickel chips
  • Honey-glazed nuts
  • Spicy nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cheese puffs
  • Mini-marshmallows

What to Serve With This Homemade Chex Mix? 

This recipe makes the perfect pub mix. Nibbling on a handful of Chex Mix will make your favorite beer or cocktail taste even better.

How to Store Original Chex Mix

Keep your homemade Chex Mix fresh by storing it in a sealed container. Depending on the ingredients you use, you can keep it on the counter, in the fridge, or even in the freezer.

How Long Does It Last

Chex Mix will keep on the counter for about two weeks (less in warm weather) before becoming soggy. It will last about the same amount of time in the fridge; however, keeping it in the fridge will prevent the mix-ins like marshmallows and chocolate from melting.

For long-term storage, pop a bag of Chex Mix in the freezer, and it will stay fresh for up to two months. 

Overhead view of homemade original Chex mix.

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Overhead view of homemade original Chex mix.

Homemade Chex Mix

This is the original Chex party mix my family has made for years.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex Party Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups wheat Chex
  • 2 cups corn Chex
  • 2 cups rice Chex
  • 3/4 cup salted nuts
  • 3/4 cup pretzels

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • In a small bowl melt butter in the microwave, add to the melted butter the following: Worchestershire sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir well.
  • Pour the cereal, pretzels, and nuts onto a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle over seasoned butter sauce. Mix well.
  • Place the pan into the heated oven, stir every 15 minutes for 45 minutes. Then remove pan.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container.

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Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 8.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Scrappy

    5 stars
    I add Seasoned Salt and Tabasco to mine as well as Bacon grease and Cheerios. One large box of all the cereals, one lb of stick Pretezels, one lb of cashews and pecans each toasted before adding to the mix. Makes about 5 one gallon bags of munching.

  2. KimmyMac

    5 stars
    I have never been a fan of the corn Chex. I use the rice version – if that suits your taste. Alternate adding cereals to the mix helps, a cup of wheat Chex first. They take longer to coat. Also, I will add a cup of regular Cheerios to the mix, increasing the butter a tbsp. or two to make sure all are coated. For the pretzels, I find that the waffle pretzels are a nice alternative. I have made this for several holiday seasons and it always is a winner. Just wanted to put in my two cents. Thank you for the post!

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate your suggestions! I love the wheat chex the most, sometimes I double up on those, and I am not a big fan of nuts in my chex mix. One thing is certain, I like this version so much better than the stuff in the bag!

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