Oven-Baked Ranch Chex Mix

updated Mar 5, 2021
summer
Oven-Baked Ranch Chex Mix

Ranch seasoning gives this classic snack mix a twist with it's signature blend of herbs and spices.

Serves8 to 10

Makes15 cups

Prep10 minutes

Cook45 minutes to 50 minutes

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close up of finished ranch chex mix in a bowl
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

Ranch can do so much more than dress a bowl of salad greens. You can use the buttermilk seasoning to marinate meats and even flavor cacio e pepe, but the best way to taste the tangy, herby flavors is in a batch of crunchy snack mix. This perfectly seasoned party mix tastes lighter than the boldly spiced classic, and it’s filled with only the best salty snacks. Bake a batch now for snacking all week long — no need to wait for a party!

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

Ranch Chex Mix Is the Ultimate Adaptable Snack

The best part about this party mix is how adaptable it is. Since every pantry has crumpled packages containing a few handfuls of pretzels, half a bowl’s worth of cereal, and other crunchy odds and ends, as long as the snack-to-seasoning ratio remains the same — 14 cups crunchy snacks to 1 stick butter and 2 packets ranch seasoning — you can substitute with any combination of cereal, crackers, and nuts. My person favorite combo is Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, pretzel twists, cheese crackers, and oyster crackers, but Goldfish, bite-sized club crackers, and bagel chips can all find a place at this party.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

How to Guarantee Ranch Flavor in Every Bite

The most important part of preparing this snack mix is making sure every bite is coated in buttered ranch seasoning. The best way to do this is to add the ranch seasoning mix over the cereal and crackers in two stages. Sprinkle on the first half of the seasoning powder when the crackers and cereal are measured and mixed, and then again after coating everything in melted butter. This way, every piece of party mix is coated evenly in the tangy, herby seasoning.

Oven-Baked Ranch Chex Mix

Ranch seasoning gives this classic snack mix a twist with it's signature blend of herbs and spices.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 45 minutes to 50 minutes

Makes 15 cups

Serves 8 to 10

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons

    (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 4 1/2 cups

    Rice Chex cereal

  • 4 1/2 cups

    Wheat Chex cereal

  • 2 cups

    bite-sized or mini pretzel twists

  • 2 cups

    cheese crackers, such as Cheez-Its

  • 1 cup

    oyster crackers

  • 2 (1-ounce) packets

    ranch dressing seasoning mix (about 1/2 cup total), divided

Instructions

  1. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven to 250°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place 8 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring between each, until fully melted, 50 to 60 seconds total. (Alternatively, melt in a small saucepan on the stovetop over low heat.)

  3. Place 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex, 4 1/2 cups Wheat Chex, 2 cups pretzel twists, 2 cups cheese crackers, 1 cup oyster crackers, and 1 packet of the ranch dressing seasoning mix in a large bowl, and lightly toss to combine.

  4. Pour half of the butter over the cereal mixture and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle in the remaining ranch packet and butter, then gently toss again so all the pieces are evenly coated.

  5. Divide the mixture between the prepared baking sheets and spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp, 45 to 50 minutes total. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheets before serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.