Spicy Ranch Chex Mix for a Crowd

 

On  mission to provide a break from the sweetness of all the holiday cookies, I created my version of Chex mix over 20 years ago. I am not ashamed to admit that I love ranch. Yeah, the dressing is okay, but the dry ranch seasoning is what I am talking about.

I would put the dry ranch dressing powder on pop corn. I would sprinkle it in almost every sauce I made. Ranch seasoning obviously found its way into the Chex mix at our house. So did it’s side kick, buffalo hot sauce.

Realizing quickly that I didn’t need any measuring cups for my Chex mirecipe got me thinking…… Why have 3 boxes of half used Chex cereal, when I could have  a BIG OL’ PARTY BATCH FOR MY FRIENDS?

Around Thanksgiving, I start getting requests. “Hey, isn’t it time for your Chex mix yet?” Take it from me, you won’t have leftovers! Make it this weekend and surprise your friends with mason jars, or bags of this mix for a SECRET SANTA GIFT THAT they will LOVE!

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Spicy Chex Mix

Spicy Ranch Chex Mix for a Crowd


  • Author: theperksofbeingus
Scale

Ingredients

Ingredients for wet mix:

Ingredients for dry mix:


Instructions

Equipment needed

  • 2 large bowls or the top and bottom of a large turkey pan
  • 1 sauté pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • If using a double oven, 5 rimmed cookie sheets
  • If using a single oven, 3 large baking pans (disposable aluminum pans work!)

Step 1:

  • Divide all dry mix ingredients between the 2 large pans
  • Mix gently by scooping with hands underneath and bringing mixture to top 

Step 2: 

  • Preheat oven to 250 F
  • If you have a double oven, pre heat both!
  • Put all ingredients from list of wet mix into pan 
  • Cook on medium to low heat until butter is melted
  • Using a half cup measuring cup drizzle the warm mixture over each pan 
  • Continue to do so until evenly distributed 
  • Allow mixture to cool enough to be able to mix with hands
  • Use hands to make sure all the dry ingredients are pulled up from bottom and sides so that all is coated with seasoning wet mixture
  • At this point, taste a few pieces of the chex cereal, for taste.
  • Feel free to add a bit more cayenne or garlic powder over the top

Step 3:

  • Place pans in oven
  • Set timer for 15 minutes
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool
  • Store chex mix in tins, or mason jars or plastic bags


Notes

Get crazy with this mix! Sub out other nuts into this. Add bugles, gold fish, any kind of cracker!

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