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 appetizer recipes 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.
  • If you don’t want to use the microwave, you can bake your snack mix in the oven instead. Spread the prepared mix onto a sheet pan, then bake at 250 degrees F for 45 minutes. Be sure to stir every 15 minutes.
  • Chex snack mix can also be made in a slow cooker. Combine all the ingredients, then place them in the crock pot. Cook for 3 hours on low, stirring every 30 minutes.

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 contains Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and onion powder. Some versions also include garlic powder.

What are the brown things in Chex mix called?

The dark brown items in store bought Chex mix are rye bagel chips. Feel free to add these chips to your snack blend if you’re looking for a version that’s identical to the store kind.

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. Bagel chips are also a great addition.
  • Seasonings: You can add other seasonings to the butter mixture such as garlic powder, hot sauce, finely grated parmesan cheese 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. I haven’t made this recipe yet but am planning on it for the holidays. Have you ever tried olive oil in place of the butter to make it a little healthier?

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, this Homemade Chex Mix is next-level good! The flavors are so well-balanced, and I love the extra crunch you’ve added. It’s the perfect snack for movie night or just hanging out with friends. You’ve nailed it again; can’t wait to see what you come up with next!