Spicy Ranch Chex Mix for a Crowd

Spicy Ranch Chex mix is always a crowd pleaser. For any of the big holidays, we make sure to make extra. Obviously none of it goes to waste! And it never fails, our friends start dropping hints about us making another big batch.

Rather than measuring out the Chex cereal, and other add ins, we pretty much use the entire boxes. Clearly we had to adjust the recipe to account for such huge amounts of cereal, pretzels, nuts and more!

Next, we use plenty of Franks Red Hot Sauce and Hidden Valley Ranch! With this in mind, you know we had to spice up the add ins too! In order to keep the flavors lively, we use Gardetto special request rye chips. Alternatively, you can add in any of your favorite spicy crackers! Make this mix your own!

And if you love a savory crunchy snack, give these Chili Lime Ranch Crackers a try!

Place 4 sticks of butter in a pot
Add 1 and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Add 1/2 cup hot wing sauce
Add 1 cup dry ranch dressing
Add 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Melt mixture over a medium heat stirring
Pour 3 boxes of Chex cereal into large pans, starting with corn Chex
Now add wheat Chex
Now for the rice Chex
Mix it up!
Add 1 whole bag mini pretzels
Add 2 jars roasted peanuts
We used a Turkey pan!
Divide it into 2 containers
Get your groove on by adding 2 boxes of groove cheezits!
Add 2 bags of rye chips!
Add a pound of roasted cashews
We added an extra cause we love them!
Mix them up!
Spread onto 4 sheet pans
Time to add the spicy sauce!
Using a half cup measure, drizzle on each pan till finished
Mix to coat with wooden spoons
Now if you want it extra spicy, add some extra spicy seasoning!
Now it’s time for 1 hour in a 250 degree oven
Set timer for 15 minutes and stir every 15 minutes
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Spicy Ranch Chex Mix for a Crowd



Ingredients for sauce for Spicy Ranch Chex Mix:

Ingredients for the dry portion:


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


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

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

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