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Taco Snack Mix

Taco Snack Mix is a spicy chex mix that’ll take your snacking game to new heights! Perfect for a party, movie night or munching on throughout the day, this chex mix is inspired by taco flavors.

For more flavors, try this delicious Ranch Oyster Cracker recipe. Same great technique, with an addictive flavor! Or sweeten up your chex cereal and make a batch of the classic Puppy Chow!

Spicy chex taco snack mix in a white bowl.

Spicy Chex Mix

Making homemade snack mix is a great way to cut costs. You can buy the cheese crackers and mix them with pretzels, oyster crackers and inexpensive chex cereal.

It stretches the good stuff further and also makes a fun change from your typical snack time go-tos.

And this recipe is even more affordable when you use generic or store brand crackers and cereal in place of the brand name!

This recipe is even better than a traditional chex mix, in my opinion.

Why? Because it has TACO SEASONING!

You can make your own taco seasoning or use store bought for this recipe.

It instantly transforms plain chex mix into a spicy salty snack that’ll make your taste buds dance with happiness.

The other reason I like this more than original homemade chex mix? You don’t have to turn on the oven.

How to make Taco Snack Mix

Ingredients needed to make homemade spicy chex mix.

Here’s what I put in my snack mix:

  • Chex cereal
  • Oyster crackers
  • Cheese crackers
  • Vegetable oil
  • Mini pretzel twists
  • Taco seasoning

Just dump all the ingredients in a paper bag, shake it to distribute the oil and seasoning and let it sit for a few hours. This allows the oil to drain down to the bottom of the bag.

The paper bag will get greasy so I highly recommend putting it a sheet of foil or wax paper to avoid an oily counter top.

Serve this mix right away or transfer to an airtight container.

Paper bag with taco chex mix ingredients inside.

Substitution Ideas

This combination of crackers and pretzels makes a tasty combination but there’s no reason you couldn’t mix it up!

  • Peanuts or pecans would be a delicious addition to this if you like some nuttiness in your spicy chex mix.
  • Instead of pretzel twists, try using mini pretzel sticks or pretzel nuggets!
  • Want even more spice in your Taco Chex Mix? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the bag along with the taco seasoning.
  • On the flip side, if it’s a little too much heat for your taste, reduce the amount of taco seasoning to your liking.
  • Popcorn. Homemade microwave popcorn would be a delicious addition!

Recipe FAQs

Is Chex Mix gluten free?

Rice and Corn Chex cereal are naturally gluten free. Substitute crackers and pretzels for nuts and gluten free crackers & pretzels.

How do you store homemade chex mix?

Keep homemade spicy chex mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four weeks.

Taco chex mix in a white bowl.

More Snack Recipes

Yield: 16 cups

Taco Snack Mix

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Taco Snack Mix is a spicy chex mix that'll take your snacking game to new heights! Perfect for a party, movie night or munching on throughout the day, this chex mix is inspired by taco flavors.

Ingredients

  • 4 cup chex cereal
  • 4 cup oyster crackers
  • 4 cup cheese crackers
  • 4 cup pretzels twists (mini)
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup taco seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. In large paper bag, double lined, dump all ingredients. Fold top of bags down and shake about 20 times until everything is mixed and coated.
  2. Let sit for about one hour until oil has been absorbed (bottom of bag will be greasy, so be sure to put it on a piece of wax paper or foil).
  3. Pour into airtight container. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage- store in airtight container (or ziploc bag) for up to 4 weeks.
  • Peanuts or pecans would be a delicious addition to this if you like some nuttiness in your spicy chex mix.
  • Want even more spice in your Taco Chex Mix? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the bag along with the taco seasoning. If it's a little too much heat for your taste, reduce the amount of taco seasoning to your liking.
  • Gluten Free: choose gluten free crackers and pretzels. Rice and Corn chex are naturally gluten free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

64

Serving Size:

¼ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Save money on packaged snacks when you make this easy homemade spicy Taco Snack Mix!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 16, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. How long does this snack mix stay fresh in an airtight container? I am hoping to send containers of this to several university students I know. Your snack mix looks absolutely delicious and I love the taco flavor idea! 🙂

  2. I’m such a sucker for a good and flavorful snack mix, but you are right, I do get tired of the same thing all the time! Love the taco seasoning idea! Thanks! 🙂

  3. This does look yummy, but I think I would prefer it baked because it toasts the crackers and cereal and the flavor bakes in.

  4. Great snack idea! Perfect for road trips or vacation treats! I’d love to invite you to join us and share Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers will love your ideas too!
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-14-1st-week-of-summer/
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  5. These mixes are great – perfect for summer road trips! I did taco pretzels recently and everyone loved them!

  6. My kids would go crazy for this! When they have friends over, I’m always looking for inexpensive snacks to feed a crowd.

  7. I love taco seasoning and I love cheese its, I could eat the entire bowl! This is a fun mix!

  8. I love to make my own snack and trail mixes!!! For the price of buying and making your own, you get so much more!!! I know my kids would eat this up in a heartbeat!!!

  9. Must be snack mix day! I just posted one too…but mine is sweet. I have never bought taco seasoning, it’s so easy to make! This looks like a great snack to keep on hand. I bet the kids wolf it down!

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