The morning after my parents' holiday parties, long before anyone else was up, I'd stumble down the stairs to the basement, scan the room, then proceed to inhale whatever was left in the bottom of the bowls (before my brother got up to give me any kind of competition.) The salt & vinegar chips, along with the nuts & bolts, or any kind of party snack mix for that matter, were my favorite snacks.
Sometimes I like the combination of sweet and salty and sometimes it just does not jive. And when it comes to my snack mixes, I just need plain salty. It's hard to find a Christmas snack mix that looks festive, but is simply savory. This Savory Chex mix recipe is just that.
There are a lot of Chex Mix flavors out there, but I couldn't find one that was a festive party mix, with both red and green colors that did not contain candy or sweets. So, I set out to create my own savory Red & Green Chex mix cereal recipe and this is the delicious result! You won't believe how the dill makes this nuts and bolts recipe shine. I think it's the best Chex mix recipe!
This savory Christmas Chex Mix recipe is perfect for your Christmas celebrations and family gatherings. With red tortilla chips, green pistachios and dill sprinkles, it's a little different than your traditional chex mix, but with a fun festive flair. It also makes a great edible gift, although it's perfect for any time of the year!
- Worcestershire sauce
- dry ranch dressing
- rice Chex cereal
- Life whole grain cereal
- pretzel sticks
- shelled pistachios
- cheese nips (affiliate link)
- bugles (affiliate link)
- cheese bits (affiliate link)
- red tortilla chips (I buy a bag of red and white and use the red)
- lemon pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
I have really great memories of my parent's Christmas parties when I was a kid. It's not that I was actually at them because I was upstairs, fast asleep, for the majority of the party. But it was just so comforting to drift off to the joyous laughter of those festive gatherings. And I have to admit that it was the morning after that I loved the most because I knew there would be leftover snacks!
📖Substitutions & Variations
- Lighter - use light butter or margarine instead
- Spicier - add more Tabasco sauce or another type of hot sauce and/or chili pepper flakes or add ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon cayenne and ½ teaspoon chili powder and whisk it in when you are whisking in the dry ranch dressing
- Chex cereal - you could use wheat chex or corn chex cereal instead of rice chex
- Add-ins- bagel chips, parmesan cheese or goldfish crackers
For this homemade chex mix recipe, you'll need a very large bowl (affiliate link) for this recipe, as well as a large roasting pan (affiliate link); the same type you'd use to roast a turkey. If you don't have one, you can use a 9X13 pan (lasagna type) or baking sheet
💭How do you make Holiday Chex Mix!
Holiday Chex mix is simply a bunch of stuff like bugles, cereal mixes, pretzels, nuts and cheese crackers mixed together with butter and spices, then baked.
I added red tortilla chips and pistachios, as well as dill for the festive red and green colors! Although this makes a great Christmas snack mix, you could eat this mix any time of the year! It also makes a great edible gift!
👪 Serving size
This Ranch Chex Mix recipe makes a huge batch - 36 cups! And that's another reason it's a great edible gift. However, you can reduce the servings by clicking on the number of servings (in blue) in the recipe card, selecting the number of servings you'd like and the ingredient amounts will adjust accordingly.
- This mix can be stored, in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to a week.
- This recipe freezes well for up to 4 months. I always make it in advance and freeze it!
It's been a long time since I have eaten cereal snack mix out of the bottom of the bowl on a weekend morning, but if I was to do it again, it would definitely be this holiday chex mix. I love the zing of the dry ranch dressing, mixed with lemon pepper, dill and the other spices. But I especially love that it's festive and purely savory.
So, if you are looking for a savory holiday snack mix, this one has it all and no sweet stuff!
Try some of my other snack food recipes!
Happy Holiday munching!
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📋 Holiday Chex Mix Recipe
- 2 ½ cups butter
- 3 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 tablespoon +3 teaspoon Dry ranch salad dressing/seasoning mix * I use Hidden Valley
- 4 cups “Cheerios” cereal
- 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 4 cups Life whole grain cereal
- 1 170g -bag roasted and salted shelled pistachios
- 1 213 g -bag “bugles”
- 1 200g -box cheese nips (crackers)
- 1 200g -box cheese bits crackers
- 2 cups red tortilla chips, broken up * I buy a 300 g bag of red and white and use the red - it's the perfect amount
- 2 teaspoon Lemon pepper
- 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dill
- Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Heat oven to 250 F/121 degrees C.
- Melt butter in microwave. Whisk 3 tablespoon dry ranch dressing and Worcestershire sauce into melted butter..
- Mix Cheerios, Life cereal, Chex cereal, pretzels, Bugles, pistachios, cheese nips, cheese bits and red tortilla chips together.
- Pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture, stir well, coating evenly. Then add garlic powder, onion powder, dill, lemon pepper and remaining 3 teaspoon of dry ranch dressing and mix well.
- Bake for 1 ½ hours. Stir every ½ hour. Sprinkle on some additional dill to garnish, if desired.