Chex Mix You Can Make at Home!

To me, Chex Mix is synonymous with the cold weather. When the sight of colorful leaves falling to the ground quickly turned into falling snow, and lots of it, my mom would take out her roasting pan and make some homemade chex mix. You could easily go buy one of those seasoning packets found in the cereal aisle or buy the bagged kind, but it’s. just. not. the. same.

Dare I say this is the best Chex Mix? Even better than store bought? Try for yourself and see. There’s nothing fancy about this recipe, just throw all of the ingredients in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for an hour and occasionally mixing so the seasoning coats the cereal mix.

This recipe fills two gallon ziplock bags full so it should last you awhile or be the perfect snack to bring to a Super Bowl party. You could even give a pretty package full of homemade Chex Mix instead of Christmas cookies!

Homemade Chex Mix! The perfect football snack.

Homemade Chex Mix

The Best Oven Roasted Chex Mix Recipe
Adapted from the Original Party Chex Mix Recipe
  • 6 cups Corn chex
  • 6 cups Crispix
  • 4 cups Wheat chex
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups peanuts (optional)
  • 1 cup cashews (optional)
  • 1.5 stick butter
  • 4 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbls Seasoned Salt
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Combine all cereals and nuts in a large roasting pan.
  2. Melt butter and mix in all seasonings. Stir
  3. Bake at 325 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.

Play around with the ingredients. You could substitute many of these cereals nuts for your favorite. Maybe popcorn would be great, or how about Cheese-Its? Whatever cereal, cracker or snack food you add, you can’t go wrong. There’s just something about this savory and salty seasoning that makes everything taste better!

Let me know what variation you try!

Homemade Oven Roasted Chex Mix


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  1. Marcie Burnett says

    Grew up on chex mix as a Christmas favorite and have made it for years. Tried you recipe this. It was the best ever. I love the cayenne pepper!

  2. Emily says

    Hi Shannon. Sometimes just like crockpots, temperatures can be different. What kind of pan are you baking it in? Try lowering the temp and doubling the seasoning mixture if you like it extra seasoned!

  3. Shannon says

    Sorry, but this recipe could really use an adjustment on baking temp. I found it to be burnt by the one hour mark and I stirred every 15 mins. Also, it was lacking in flavor to me, but that’s probably personal preference.

  4. Terry says

    Is tha 1 & 1/2 stick of butter which would equal 3/4 C. or 1/2 stick of butter which is 1/4 C.

    Thanks :)

  5. Rose says

    I used 3/4 of the recipe in a ceramic baking dish, but cooked for an hour at 250, like recommended in a comment here and it worked out really well. Love the seasoning listing, although, I didn’t have onion powder. I think mine, too would have gotten much too crispy at 350.

  6. Kim Brinkmeyer says

    I also was looking for a good Chex mix recipe and saw the little boy in the Iowa shirt and had to pin! Go Hawks! It is in the oven as we speak!

  7. Gabriel says

    This is a really good recipe!!! I have made 6 times now for a little snack and they love it!! It really is a quick little snack for them to eat in the car!!

  8. William Abbott says

    In the beginning… Ralston Purina owned the Chex brand. Two types of cereal; wheat chex and rice chex. Chex mix I remember as a kid had: Cheerios, long straight, mini-pretzels, peanuts and or mixed nuts and wheat chex and rice chex. Cheerios were not my favorite part.

    I grew up eating it in Iowa. It was my mom’s recipe, but everybody else’s too. We ate it at everybody’s house during the holidays.

  9. Emily says

    Do they have generic brand? Here the generics are labeled rice cereal squares or something of that nature.

  10. Roslyn Cox says

    I am trying to make this receipe having trouble finding the chex cereal. I live in Canada . Does anyone know where you can buy it?

  11. BLT says

    I love traveling while wearing an IOWA tshirt or sweatshirt – no matter where I am, you’ll almost always hear, “Go Hawks!”. And what better way to celebrate an Iowa game than with Chex mix!

  12. Janelle says

    In preparation for the Outback Bowl, I was searching for a Chex mix recipe that had Cheerios as well. I came across your recipe and noticed your little one wearing an Iowa Hawkeye jersey. So, I’ll give your recipe a try!!! Figured it was a good sign! Go Hawks!

  13. Margie Staggs says

    Okay; we in the south do have to make it more fattening. Instead of all butter, add bacon grease for half. It gives it a WONDERFUL taste.

  14. says

    Hi Emily. Just wanted to say hello! My husband and I met at the University of Iowa and I see you are an Iowa family too! I’ve added you to my Bloglovin’ list and following on Pinterest. Hope you’ll pop over my way for a quick visit! xo

  15. michele says

    @ Chris:
    This is the second year I have made this recipe, instead of putting in cheerios and pretzels, I put in the garlic rye chips (the brown ones in chex mix) and I use Virginia peanuts instead of regular. I love this recipe, I made it last year with little mason jar tags and put in mason jars to give for Christmastime, everyone asked for the recipe. I also used the cashews it calls for in the recipe. This is one of the best chex mix recipes I have tried, super easy and makes a ton. Good job!

  16. Deborah says

    I have tried so many variations of this looking for the perfect recipe and THIS IS IT!! It is so yum yum yummy. I didn’t change a thing. Thanks

  17. Chris says

    It sure would be nice if someone would leave a reply AFTER they’ve tried the recipe. Does no one any good to say “that looks good”…

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