A Tex-Mex Twist on Classic Chex Mix

updated May 1, 2019
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Your taco night requires snacks like chips, salsa, guac, and now this Tex-Mex Chex Mix. Spicing up the classic party mix is easy with the help of taco seasoning. The spice blend of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and salt is sure to make your Chex Mix the life of the fiesta.

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First, Make (or Buy) Your Chex Mix

You’ll need a big batch of basic Chex Mix on hand before you can go and jazz it up. Luckily, churning some out couldn’t be easier — especially when you lean on your slow cooker. Simply combine Chex cereal, pretzels, bagel chips, and crackers with melted butter and seasonings. Let the mixture cook on low in a slow cooker for a few hours until it’s dry and toasty and you’ve got your classic Chex Mix.

While it’s hard to beat homemade Chex Mix, don’t hesitate to reach for the store-bought stuff in a pinch. In fact, adding a few ingredients to a bag of Chex Mixis the easiest way to make it taste so much closer to the from-scratch version.

Make Tex-Mex Chex Mix

1. From homemade: Replace the seasoned salt called for in slow-cooker Chex Mix with with one (1-ounce) package of taco seasoning or 1/4 cup of homemade taco seasoning and proceed with the recipe.

2. From store-bought: Toss a bag of traditional Chex Mix with 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil. Lay it out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F for about 15 minutes, until the mix is dry.

Chex Mix Upgrades

The beloved party mix is a classic for good reason, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be jazzed up. In fact, it’s a blank slate for flavorful additions and mix-ins. This series will show you just how easy it is to make Chex Mix — be it homemade or store-bought — all your own.