Your search for the perfect homemade Chex mix ends here – this from scratch Chex mix is made with cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts, and is SO much better than the recipe on the box!

Once you try making your own Chex party mix, you’ll never go back to the store bought kind again! It takes just minutes to make and is perfect when paired with other savory appetizers such as a relish tray, bacon wrapped smokies, air fryer chicken wings, sausage balls, potato skins, cowboy caviar and fried shrimp.

Chex mix in a white serving bowl.

January is kind of a funny month, because everyone is trying to eat healthy….but everyone is also eating football food on the weekends! So I decided to bring you a little bit healthy recipes, a little bit game day grub. I can’t believe I haven’t shared this homemade chex mix recipe with you yet, I’ve been making it for years! This party mix is at every birthday party, every family gathering. And this batch pictured here? Didn’t even last 24 hours!

Chex Mix Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including cereal, crackers, pretzels, nuts, butter and seasonings.

This recipe consists of three types of Chex cereal, oyster crackers, cheese crackers, pretzels, mixed nuts, butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and onion powder.

How Do You Make Homemade Chex Mix?

Start by placing your Chex cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and onion powder. Pour the butter mixture over the crackers and cereal, then toss well to combine. Microwave the Chex mix in 2 minute increments, stirring occasionally. Let the snack mix cool, then serve and enjoy.

Step by step process shots showing how to make Chex mix.

Tips For The Perfect Party Mix

  • This snack mix will stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • I typically use Penzey’s brand smoky seasoned salt, but other brands can also be found in the spice aisle at all major grocery stores.
  • If you have a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts and use more cereal or crackers in place of the nuts.
  • It’s important to stir the cereal mixture after every 2 minutes in the microwave so that it doesn’t burn.

Quick Tip

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re serving a large crowd.

Party mix cooling on paper towels.

Recipe FAQs

What is Chex mix seasoning made of?

Chex mix is seasoning is made with Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and onion powder. Some versions also include garlic powder.

Is Chex mix healthier than chips?

Chex mix is healthier than chips in that it is not as oily. However, the mix of cereal, pretzels and nuts is similar calorie wise to a bag of chips. The mix does contain nuts, which are healthy fats that add protein and will keep you full longer.

Is it cheaper to make or buy Chex mix?

Generally speaking, it is cheaper to make your own Chex mix, especially if you can score your cereal boxes on sale. You will get a much larger quantity making it yourself compared to a bag that you might buy at the store.


A sheet pan of Chex mix made with cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts.

Flavor Variations

While I think this combination of crackers, cereal and nuts is pretty perfect, you can swap out some of the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Nuts: You really can use any variety of nut that you like including peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds or pistachios.
  • Cereal: If you prefer one variety of Chex to another, you can use more of one flavor so long as the total cups of cereal in the recipe stays the same. You can also try adding other types of cereal such as Cheerios.
  • Crackers: Feel free to use goldfish instead of cheese crackers; the rainbow goldfish are particularly fun if you’re feeding kids.
  • Seasonings: You can add other seasonings to the butter mixture such as garlic powder, hot sauce or even Cajun seasoning.

Once you try this homemade Chex mix, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis. This recipe is perfect for pretty much any occasion, so stock up on cereal and give it a go!

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Homemade Chex Mix

AuthorSara Welch
Chex mix in a white serving bowl.
Your search for the perfect homemade Chex mix ends here – this from scratch Chex mix is made with cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts, and is SO much better than the recipe on the box!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Serves 24


  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 11/2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups oyster crackers
  • 1 cup cheese crackers
  • 1 cup pretzel twists
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt I highly recommend Penzeys smoky seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Place the cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts into a large microwave safe bowl.
  • Mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and onion powder.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the cereal and toss to coat evenly.
  • Microwave for 5-6 minutes, stirring thoroughly every 2 minutes; then spread onto paper towels to cool.
  • Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.


  1. You can omit the nuts and use more of the crackers and pretzels in the same quantities if allergies are a concern.
  2. When I make this chex mix for kids, I often use the rainbow colored goldfish crackers instead of standard cheese crackers to make it more fun and eye catching!


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    The simplest most delicious seasoning ever! We cannot get enough! Will try with different nuts and add some seeds next time too!

    1. I don’t recommend using the slow cooker, as it tends to trap in moisture and the chex mix could end up soggy.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! This looks so good and customizable, I’m sure my kids will love making this with me. Thanks for the great game night inspo!

  3. that’s a total of about 12-13 cups of snacks in there..seems like a lot.can I just cut everything in half for same results? there’s just 2 of us

    1. Yes, reduce the amount of servings on the recipe card and the ingredients will automatically recalculate!

  4. If I substitute for the Penzey’s spice, how much seasoned salt do I combine with the 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika?