Whip up a DIY take on a snack food favorite with a recipe for Homemade Chex Mix that can be made in a slow cooker or in the oven.

Closeup view of Homemade Chex Mix with pretzels and mixed nuts

When it comes to snack foods, nothing beats good ol’ Chex Mix. It’s salty, crunchy, savory and just so dang addicting. Add a Diet Coke to the lineup and someone get me my spandex pants because in the words of Miley Cyrus,”I can’t stop, and I won’t stop.”

This recipe for Homemade Chex Mix just. changed. everything.

A variety of different sized bowls containing Chex Mix cereal, butter, spices, pretzels, walnuts, peanuts and Worcestershire sauce

When it comes to making this snack from scratch, there’s two ways to go about it: toss it into a slow cooker or bake it in the oven.

I’ve provided instructions for both methods, but I have a very clear favorite…

Sauce being poured over Cheerios, pretzels. walnuts and peanuts in a silver bowl

If crunchy is your goal, then the oven is your friend! I’ve made this recipe both ways, and while the slow cooker is convenient, it just doesn’t result in the characteristic crunch that Chex Mix should have.

So choose your method then raid your pantry because this recipe is merely a template for you to sub in whatever cereals, pretzels and nuts you have on hand. Mix and match to your heart’s desire!

Baking sheet containing Baked Chex Mix

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Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven)

Whip up the ultimate crowd-friendly snack with this recipe for Homemade Chex Mix that can be made in a slow cooker or baked in an oven.
4.50 from 16 votes
Closeup view of Homemade Chex Mix with pretzels and mixed nuts
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings 14 cups

Ingredients 

  • 8 cups Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions 

  • Combine Chex cereal, Cheerios cereal, pretzels, walnuts and peanuts in a large bowl. 
  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the smoked paprika, garlic powder, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. 
  • Pour the spice mix over the dry ingredients and toss to evenly coat. 

To cook in a slow cooker: 

  • Transfer the mixture into a slow cooker and turn it to LOW. Cover the slow cooker and cook the mixture for 3 hours, removing the lid every 45 minutes to gently stir the mixture. 
  • Transfer the mixture from the slow cooker onto a baking sheet. Let it cool completely then serve. 

To bake in an oven: 

  • Preheat the oven 250°F. 
  • Transfer the Chex Mix onto two baking sheets, spreading it into an even layer. 
  • Bake the Chex Mix for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely then serve. 

Note:

  • Homemade Chex Mix can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 
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Calories: 362kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 929mg, Potassium: 360mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1176IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 14mg

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  1. This recipe for Chex mix is one of the things that can be made in the microwave and the consistency is not changed at all. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and stir every 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it will burn and do less than 2 minutes per stirring.

    I have been making Chex mix since I was 8 years old, it was the first thing I learned to cook. Surprisingly my mother let me do the whole thing myself and I did not burn the house down or anything else.

    Being as I am a chex mix expert, I attest that making it in the microwave will work.

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