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Spicy Smoked Chex Mix

Smoked Chex Mix is the ultimate party snack! Fire up your smoker, grab some ingredients, and get ready to wow everyone with this totally snackable and oh-so-tasty smoked party mix!

Smoked Chex Mix in 2 cast iron bowls.

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Mmm, pass the Smoked Chex Mix, please! How good is this? Coated with a spicy buttery and oh-so-good topping and smoked until toasty and delicious, this smoked party mix will get everyone talking! Forget the rest of the meal, just pass around bowlfuls of this smoky goodness!

A top-down shot of two bowls of Smoked Chex Mix.

Unbelievably easy to make and totally customizable, you can make this Spicy Smoked Chex Mix as spicy as you like. With a heat that builds slowly, there’s smoke in every bite of this totally snackable party mix. And you can make it ahead of time so you can spend time with your guests.

I love taking this spicy Chex Mix to parties, gatherings, potlucks, and family events. Everyone talks about it, and I can get it ready a day or two ahead of time, so all I need to do is grab it and go!

What you’ll love about Smoked Chex Mix


  • There’s spicy and smoky flavor in every bite!
  • Customize this party mix just how you like it!
  • It makes enough for a crowd!

Ingredients

  • Rice Chex Cereal
  • Corn Chex Cereal
  • Life Cereal
  • Shreddies Cereal
  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Pita crackers – Or another small cracker shape.
  • Peanuts – I like roasted and lightly salted peanuts.
  • Butter – Salted butter. If you use salted butter, you don’t need to add any extra salt.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Chipotle powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
An image of labeled dry ingredients to make Smoked Chex Mix recipe.
Smoked Chex Mix dry ingredients.

You’ll Also Need

  • Traeger smoker – Or another smoker capable of holding a consistent temperature
  • Pellets or wood chips – Any hardwood smoke is fine.
  • Large foil container – The jumbo ones, or use 2 of the smaller pans.
A top-down shot of the remaining ingredients.

How To Make The Best Smoked Chex Mix

  1. Preheat your smoker to 180-F. I use a Traeger pellet grill/smoker for this Smoked Chex Mix recipe, but any smoker will do nicely.
  2. Measure all the dry ingredients and add them to a large foil pan.
  3. Melt the butter and mix it with the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
  4. Drizzle the butter and spice mixture over the cereal, pretzels, nuts, and crackers. Then, mix well to distribute the sauce.
  5. Smoke the mixture at 180-F for 30 minutes to get a good bit of smoke flavor, then turn the temperature up to 225-F.
  6. Smoke the party mix for 60-90 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so.
  7. Enjoy!
A top-down shot of Smoked Chex Mix in a red bowl.

How Do you Know It’s Done?

You don’t really have to cook anything, so how do you know when your Smoked Chex Mix is done? Taste it! Starting at about the hour mark, test some of the mix with the sauce on it – it should be crunchy. If it’s still a bit soggy from the sauce, give the batch a stir and keep on smoking!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • If you have super smoke, set it to super smoke and skip the first 30 minutes at 180-F.
  • Use a jumbo foil pan or a large sheet pan – you want the party mix in a thin layer for the best smoke flavor.
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  • This mix has a mild spice level – double the chipotle pepper or add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne to the mix if you want it spicier.
  • Serve this amazing party mix recipe with all your favorite appetizers!

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Variations

You can mix and match with the goodies in this recipe as long as you’ve got around 14 cups of cereal, crackers, nuts, pretzels, and so on. Plus, depending on where you live, Chex, in all its varieties, can be hard to find. Here are some of my favorite add-ins, or get creative!

  • Quaker Corn Squares – Instead of Corn Chex
  • Cheerios
  • Wheat Chex instead of Shreddies
  • Any kind of Goldfish cracker – But stick with the original flavor.
  • Pretzel rods or bites – Instead of twists.
  • Mixed nuts – In place of peanuts.
  • Cayenne powder – No chipotle powder? Swap in cayenne instead.
  • Regular paprika – Swap regular paprika for smoked paprika, but smoked paprika adds such a lovely smoky flavor.

Step By Step Process

Smoked chex mix in a glass jar.
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Smoked Chex Mix

The hit of every party, Smoked Chex Mix is spicy, flavorful, smoky, and oh-so-good! Easy to make and fun to eat, you can even make this party mix recipe a day or two ahead of time. Dig in!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword chex, party mix, pellet smoker, smoked chex mix, smoked party mix, snack mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 598kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups Life Cereal
  • 2 cups Shreddies Cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups Goldfish crackers
  • 2 cups pita crackers small crackers
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

For the sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 180-F. I use a Traeger pellet grill/smoker for this Smoked Chex Mix recipe, but any smoker will do nicely.
  • Measure all the dry ingredients and add them to a large foil pan.
  • Melt the butter and mix it with the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Drizzle the butter and spice mixture over the cereal, pretzels, nuts, and crackers. Then, mix well to distribute the sauce.
  • Smoke the mixture at 180-F for 30 minutes to get a good bit of smoke flavor, then turn the temperature up to 225-F.
  • Smoke the party mix for 60-90 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so.
  • Cool and serve!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • If you have super smoke, set it to super smoke and skip the first 30 minutes at 180-F.
  • Use a jumbo foil pan or a large sheet pan – you want the party mix in a thin layer for the best smoke flavor.
  • This mix has a mild spice level – double the chipotle pepper or add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne to the mix if you want it spicier.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 18mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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