Slow Cooker Chex Mix

This slow cooker Chex Mix is the ultimate snacking pleasure.  It’s crunchy, salty goodness by the handfuls! My daughter loves this Chex mix so much that we make it year-round.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix in a blue serving bowl.

Why You’ll Love This

A few weeks ago, our stove/range gave up the ghost. So I decided to try the slow cooker method.  I honestly didn’t think it would be as crispy and delicious.  

I was wrong!  This slow cooker Chex mix recipe is super easy, as well.

No running to the oven to stir it constantly!

A healthy homemade snack, or it’s great for gift-giving.

Are you looking for other yummy snacks try our seasoned Ritz Bits crackers, praline crunch, or ranch party mix.

Chex Mix ingredients in the crock of the slow cooker.

Recipe Ingredients

You know the basic stuff in Chex Mix, right? Chex cereal, mixed nuts, pretzels, butter, seasoning salt, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.

We threw in some cheese crackers for fun.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chex Mix

The oven method requires you to stir the mix every 15 minutes.  With this method, you only need to do it every hour.

This snack mix is so easy to make, as stated above. We make it year-round.

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No need to turn the oven on or dirty baking sheets for this method.

Add the Chex cereal, pretzels, crackers, and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.

In a small bowl, whisk the 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter, 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, one tablespoon of seasoning salt, one teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix in two gray ramekins.

Slowly pour the sauce evenly over the cereal mixture. Toss to coat evenly.

Be sure to place paper towels under the crock pot lid to catch the condensation.  You don’t want a soggy Chex Mix.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix in a gray ramekin.

Allow it to cook on the low setting for 3 hours. Every hour stir the mix to prevent burning.

The best Chex mix recipe to have on hand during the holidays or bring a batch to those holiday parties!

Tips

  • You can also make this in the oven. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the seasoned mix in a large roasting pan or a couple of rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • When I make it in the oven, I melt the butter in the roasting pan while the oven is preheating. Once melted, I stir the seasonings into the butter, then add the snack mix ingredients and toss to coat evenly.
  • Be sure to place paper towels under the lid while it’s cooking. This will absorb any condensation and keep the Chex mix from getting wet and soggy.
  • Crockpot Chex mix can burn, so stick to the recipe cooking time.

Variations

  • You can customize this snack mix to your personal preferences. All one cereal flavor, oyster crackers, cheese crackers, bagel chips, goldfish crackers, corn nuts, sesame sticks, or Cheerios.
  • You can make it spicy by adding one tablespoon of hot sauce to the butter mixture or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Can you make Chex party mix in a crockpot?

Absolutely! Crock pot Chex mix is one of the easiest methods. It’s easy prep work and makes a big batch!

Can I make this recipe in the oven?

Yes. You can also make this in the oven. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the seasoned mix in a large roasting pan or a couple of rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Storing

This snack mix keeps well for a good while. Store in an air-tight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

Can you freeze Chex mix?

Yes, store in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Slow Cooker Chex Mix in a blue serving bowl.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix Recipe

You are warned! This is way too easy to whip up and have readily available!
4.67 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chex mix, crock pot, rice cereal, slow cooker, snack mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup cheese snack crackers (or whatever your prefer)
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Add cereal, pretzels, crackers, and mixed nuts (or peanuts) to the bowl of a slow cooker.
    3 cups Rice Chex cereal, 3 cups Corn Chex cereal, 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal, 1 cup pretzels, 1 cup mixed nuts, 1 cup cheese snack crackers
  • In a small bowl mix the melted butter, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.
    1/2 cup Unsalted butter, melted, 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Slowly pour the sauce evenly over the cereal mix. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Place the paper towels on top of the slow cooker and then the lid, allow to cook on the low setting for 3 hours.
  • Every hour stir the mix to prevent burning.

Notes

Place several sheets of paper towels under the lid of the slow cooker. Long enough and thick enough to catch the moisture to fit your slow cooker. 
To Make in the Oven – Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the seasoned mix in a large roasting pan or a couple of rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Storing – Store in an air-tight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
Freezing – Let cool to room temperature, store in a freezer-safe container or bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 10.3mg

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37 Comments

  1. Thanks so much!! What a great idea! I printed this off right away!! Visiting as your neighbor on the Classical Homemaking Linkup5 stars

  2. I haven’t ever made the chex mix but I’ve tried it and it’s so good. Never would of thought that it could be made in the crockpot. I will have to give it a try. Thanks!

  3. What a great, no fuss idea for finger snacks for a get together! Thank you for sharing with us at the Friday Funday blog Hop! <35 stars

  4. Oh scrumptious! I love chec mix. Making me hungry now! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme5 stars

  5. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love using my slow cooker and plan to make this soon – just bought all the ingredients the other day since I haven’t made any since November. Pinned

  6. I love Chex mix but I remember my mom having to bake it for hours, and so I’ve been to lazy to make it! Now I will be all over this, I love my slow cooker! And I really love that I can tailor this to my gluten free diet! Winner!4 stars

  7. This looks amazing! My mother in law always makes chex mix, but this looks so much easier and cleaner. Thanks for linking up at You Link It, We Make It, hope to see you back tomorrow!

  8. We love to make chex mix at our house, but I never thought to make it in the slow cooker! Awesome idea!

  9. I was so interested to learn you can make Chex Mix in the slow cooker! I’ve only ever made it in the oven. We can’t get Chex in the UK but we just use Shreddies instead 🙂 I can’t wait to give your recipe a try. Pinned! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.5 stars

  10. Chex mix is a favorite at our house too, great idea to make it in the slow cooker! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  11. My husband laughs because I have a weakness for chex mix. I can sit there and have a whole bag gone without realizing it. Never made my own! I will have to try! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

      1. DSTR you did say to cook on a low setting. I just went back to check…sure enough. I’m going to use this method in the morning. Merry Christmas. Linda5 stars

    1. Hi Melissa, that means pull several sheets all together so they are long enough to lay across the top of the crock, held down by the lid but not down in the crock on top of the mix. I hope this helps. Thanks for coming by and have a blessed day!

  12. I made this today to take to a party and it burned!

    It was fine after the first two hours/stirs, but when I did the final stir after the third hour it was completely black on the bottom and I couldn’t salvage the rest because it had that burned flavor.

    Was so bummed! Maybe my slow cooker’s low setting is just too high?

    1. Hi Suzanne, I’ve never had it burn before. How old is your slow cooker? I had to replace mine recently due to the temperatures not being accurate any longer. I’m so sorry this happened.

  13. Many recepies call for leaving the cover off during “cooking “ rather than the paper towel method you suggest . Has anyone tried it this way ?

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