Let’s go old-school today! Do you have the same fondness for Chex Mix that I do?
For me, Christmas with my Minnesota family meant there was always a big tupperware of Chex Mix. Probably in every room, so that it was never out of reach. And when I was in junior high, I ate the bagged version just about every single day. White bagel. Cream Cheese. Bag of Chex Mix. Thank goodness I’m making up for the lack of vegetables with green smoothies and kale salads now. And every game day tailgate spread (at least in Wisconsin where I’m from) included at least one variety of Chex Mix.
I’m sure these memories are why a few days after Demi was born (when my parents were here helping us out, and frankly treating me like I was the baby…to which I obliged) I requested Chex Mix and cookies.
I wanted, or needed, maybe something comforting, satisfying, delicious – and easy to shove in my mouth while nursing a new baby. And it totally hit the spot – it always does.
It’s the salty, savory, crunchy, cereal-meets-snacks SNACK, doused with a flavorful buttery mixture, and baked until crisp. YUM!
When it came time for me to start working on some tailgating-friendly Chex Mix recipes, I was excited to try out some different directions, but even more so, eat ALL the Chex Mix. And let me tell you, Demi had her first taste and proceeded to hang out in the kitchen with me, signing (or, ok, screaming for) more. I tested a barbecue version, a sriracha & soy version, and a ranch & dill version. We really loved the barbecue version, but ultimately, the ranch & dill won. So not only are we going Chex Mix old school but we’re going RANCH CHEX MIX old school. Because ranch and tailgating are basically synonyms, don’t you agree?
For most (all?) of us, the snacks makes the tailgate. You can’t tailgate without snacks. And I definitely don’t recommend a tailgate without Chex Mix. (Dramatic? Maybe. Truthful? Yes.)
I love how easy Chex Mix is to make – simply mix together the melted butter and seasonings and toss with the cereal and snacks of your choosing. I love that it’s a welcome dose of whole-grains on an otherwise typically beige spread. I also love how easy it is to customize. I prefer almonds to mixed nuts so that’s what I used. I like the increased surface area – more room to soak up the flavor – of pretzel crisps. I like melba toasts (pita chips are also good!)… the point is, use what you like and make it your own.
And then you just bake. Or microwave. Even though I was really skeptical of the microwave version, it actually works pretty well but there’s just something so comforting and mouth-watering about a kitchen and house that smells of Chex Mix. The only hard part is stirring it every 15 minutes and NOT sampling. 😉
I feel really fortunate to partner with Chex cereal on this post. As always, thanks for supporting the sponsors that help support this site of mine. General Mills is on a constant journey to be even better and I’m so glad that whole grains are now the first ingredient in ALL Big G Cereals. And because we’re talking Chex cereal today, did you know that Chex cereals now have no artificial preservatives? And they’re made without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources. Real food made with simple ingredients, let’s eat!
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did, the batch didn’t last long! And if you make it for a tailgate, who are you cheering for?
Ranch & Dill Chex Mix
- 9 cups Chex cereal (I used 3 cups corn, 3 cups rice and 3 cups wheat)
- 1 cup pretzel thins
- 1 cup melba crackers or bagel crackers
- 1 cup nuts (I used almonds)
- 8 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning
- 2 tsp dried dill
- extra ranch and dill for dusting
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Stir together all cereal, pretzels, crackers and nuts.
- Stir seasonings into melted butter and pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Dust with additional 1 Tbsp ranch seasoning and 1 tsp dill.
- Spread on paper towels to cool and store in an airtight container.
1 oz packet of ranch seasoning is about 3 Tbsp, so it’s the perfect amount for one batch.
Thanks to Chex cereal for sponsoring this post!