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Chex Party Mix In The Crockpot

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Your favorite Chex Party Mix made in a Crockpot! This no-bake snack mix is salty, full of bold seasonings, and nut-free. This mix is highly addictive and perfect for a crowd. You’ll find yourself making it over and over again!

Chex Mix in a black slow cooker. A blue striped towel off to the side.

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Whether it’s for the football crowd, a family game night, or just a snack to keep on the kitchen counter, this Crockpot Chex Mix is for you!

Ok, so the last three weeks have been a test of creativity in our household. Our oven broke mysteriously one day and since that day we’ve been waiting impatiently very patiently for parts to come in for the repair.

As a result, I’ve had to make a lot of stovetop dinners, no-bake desserts, and this Crockpot Chex Mix.

I will tell you, after making a whole bunch of this Chex Mix in the crockpot, I don’t care if the oven ever gets fixed!

I’ll eat this stuff morning, noon and night if I’m being honest.

It’s salty, crunchy, and coated in a bold and garlicky seasoning. It’s the perfect “walk by and grab a handful” kind of snack.

And I just love the fact it can be made in a slow cooker! All this tastiness with minimal effort on my part? SOLD!

So until the oven gets fixed, I’ll just be sitting here in the corner with my crockpot snackin’ on this mix.

I encourage you to join me, here’s how to make it:

How to make Chex Party Mix In The Crockpot:

How to make Chex Party Mix in the crockpot: the ingredients you'll need

Makes 12.5 Cups

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 9 cups of Chex Cereal-whatever flavor or combination of flavors you want. I did 5 cups of wheat Chex and 4 cups of rice Chex
  • 1.5 cups of garlic rye chips
  • 1 cup of mini pretzel twists
  • 1 cup of garlic seasoned bagel chips or melba toast–broken into large pieces
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Instructions:

In a 6 quart or larger crockpot, combine the Chex cereal and set aside.

Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic, and onion powder to the butter and whisk until well combined.

Pour the sauce over the Chex cereal and toss to coat.

Stir the remaining ingredients into the Chex mixture, making sure everything is well distributed.

Place a double layer of paper towels over the top of the crockpot and put the lid on.

A close up of a crock pot with the lid on. A paper towel is under the lid.

The paper towels will collect any condensation that may drip off the lid into the Chex mix.

Set the slow cooker to LOW and cook for 2 hours, giving the mixture a toss every half hour.

About halfway through the cooking, check the paper towels, and replace them with fresh towels if they start to get damp.

After two hours, turn off the crockpot and pour the Chex mix out onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan.

Allow to cool for 30 minutes to an hour. The party mix will crisp up as it cools.

Serve and enjoy!

Why is this Crockpot Chex Mix so good?

Chex Mix Made in a Crockpot is the perfect snack for a party or family night

Well because its made in a crockpot! Who would have thought right?

I mean isn’t everything more fun when you make it in a slow cooker?

This is especially wonderful for party days or the holidays when oven space is at a premium. This is the type of snack that can be made on a countertop, with minimal effort, and serve a crowd

Another reason why this Crockpot Chex Mix is the bee’s knees: it has a lot of garlicky goodness added.

I didn’t deviate too much from the original Chex Mix recipe, however, I did feel it necessary to increase the onion and garlic powder quite a bit.

It also felt like the mix needed a little more pizzaz and a kick in the flavor department. For this, I got rid of the nuts and I added lots of garlicky mix ins–like the garlic bagel chips and the garlic rye chips.

In my opinion, the garlic rye chips really make this snack mix. They’re extra crunchy, super salty, and have a super bold flavor from the garlic and rye.

The rye chips provide the perfect punch to this otherwise mild snack mix.

Lastly, this snack mix has so many textures and shapes and sizes, it’s just an overall fun snack to eat! Perfect for a party!

Tips for keeping the Chex Mix crispy in the crockpot or slow cooker

Chex Party Mix In the Crockpot

One of the biggest concerns for me was making sure this mix stays crispy while cooking in the crockpot. A lot of condensation collects on the lid, and we don’t want that dripping onto our snack mix!

To help keep the moisture from getting into the mix, put paper towels under the crockpot lid. This will help to collect any condensation that wants to run down the lid into the pot.

Next, make sure to change out any damp or soggy paper towels halfway through the cooking process. This will help to keep the environment a little drier.

Also, make sure to stir the mixture every half hour. This not only helps to prevent burning and promote proper seasoning/ingredient distribution, but it helps to get air circulating throughout the mix.

Lastly, let the mixture cool on a sheet pan. Giving the mix a lot of air after cooking will allow it to dry up and get crisp.

Slow Cooker Vs Crockpot:

A bowl of chex mix, on a wooden table. Chex Mix sprinkled all around.

So what’s the difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot? Is there a difference?

A crockpot is actually a type of slow cooker, and “Crock-Pot” is the name brand. Crockpot slow cookers typically have stoneware inserts (a crock) and are surrounded by a heating element.

Slow cookers and Crock-Pots both usually come with HIGH, LOW, and KEEP WARM settings, and some get fancy with programmable options.

Allegedly there are some slow cookers out there that have metal inserts and sit on top of the heating element, so these would not be considered crockpot slow cookers.

Now, I wouldn’t confuse these metal insert slow cookers with an Instant Pot. Instant Pots are all about pressure cooking and multifunctional cooking, whereas slow cookers are just for cooking things…slowly…at a low temp.

Sources: Foodal.com and tastingtable.com.

Storing your Crockpot Chex Party Mix:

A bowl of chex mix, on a wooden table. Chex Mix sprinkled all around and a blue towel is off to the side.

Once your Chex Mix is done cooking in the slow cooker crockpot, allow it to cool and crisp up on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

After the mix has cooled, you can serve it immediately or store it in an airtight container or ziptop bag at room temperature.

It’ll keep for weeks!

…But I’m sure it’ll be gobbled up way before then.

Variations and Substitutions

Chex Mix in the crockpot is a really great way to clean out the pantry or experiment with fun flavors!

The ingredients in this recipe are not set in stone, so feel free to go crazy and adjust however your little heart desires.

Here are some fun mix-ins or substitution ideas:

  • Add in Cheez-its. Four Cheese Italian, White Cheddar or Hot and Spicy would be a great addition
  • Oyster crackers would be delicious! You could use these in place of the bagel chips, or pretzels
  • Toss in some nuts! A cup of mixed nuts would be fabulous or some flavored almonds.
  • Add in some popcorn or Bugles!

Other Recipes You May Like

Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Snack Mix for Halloween

Trail Mix Without Nuts

Tools You May Need:

A crockpot slow cooker sized 6 quarts or more. This slow cooker is the closest I could find to the Hamilton Beach one I use. This one is Crock-Pot brand, but looks identical to mine and has the same functionality with great reviews!

Chex Party Mix Made In A Crockpot

Chex Party Mix In The Crockpot

Yield: 12.5 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Your favorite Chex Party Mix made in a crockpot! This no-bake snack mix is salty, full of bold seasonings, and nut-free. This mix is highly addictive and perfect for a crowd.

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of Chex Cereal-any combo or flavor you'd like.
  • 1.5 cups of garlic rye chips
  • 1 cup of mini pretzel twists
  • 1 cup of garlic seasoned bagel chips or melba toast--broken into large pieces
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Instructions

  1. In a 6 quart or larger crockpot, combine the Chex cereal and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. 
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic, and onion powder to the butter and whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour the sauce over the Chex cereal and toss to coat. 
  5. Stir the remaining ingredients into the Chex mixture, making sure everything is well distributed.
  6. Place a double layer of paper towels over the top of the crockpot and put the lid on. The paper towels will collect any condensation that may drip off the lid into the Chex mix.
  7. Set the slow cooker to LOW and cook for 2 hours, giving the mixture a toss every half hour.
  8. About halfway through the cooking, check the paper towels, and replace them with fresh towels if they start to get damp.
  9. After two hours, turn off the crockpot and pour the Chex mix out onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan. 
  10. Allow snack mix to cool for 30 minutes to an hour. The party mix will crisp up as it cools.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I love Chex Party Mix and had forgotten all about it since I have to be gluten free. But I believe that I can make this with a few substitutions! Going to give it a try!

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