Make Better Chex Mix with One Super-Special Spice

updated May 1, 2019
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There are so many Mexican ingredients we love to fill our pantry with, but lately we can’t get enough of one in particular: Tajín. The traditional spice blend of chili powder, salt, and dehydrated lime juice is a little spicy, a bit salty, and a little tangy all at once. While it’s most commonly sprinkled over fresh fruit, one taste of it and we guarantee you’ll want to sprinkle it on other things like grilled vegetables, avocado, and, yes, Chex Mix.

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.

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Make Tajín Chex Mix

1. From homemade: Replace the seasoned salt called for in slow-cooker Chex Mix with 4 teaspoons of Tajín and proceed with the recipe.

2. From store-bought: Toss a bag of Traditional Chex Mix with 1 teaspoon Tajín 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.