Chili Snack Mix Recipe

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Barb Gustison of Quincy, Illinois writes, “I remember my mother making chili mix in place of cookies for bake sales. Everyone loved it! It's also great for a snack at home, or to have on trips and at parties.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) corn chips
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) mixed nuts
  • 1 package (11 ounces) pretzel sticks
  • 1 package (6.6 ounces) miniature cheddar cheese fish-shaped crackers
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine corn chips, nuts, pretzels and crackers. In a small saucepan, bring butter, brown sugar, garlic powder and chili powder to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Pour over snack mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to three greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 6 quarts.
Originally published as Chili Snack Mix in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p12

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Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 166960
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"A nice change from the normal snack mix!"

nancy headlee User ID: 5479331 73844
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"I hope this gets better with time. It was expensive to make and at best is was okay. Very bland!"

Carolina Cooker User ID: 5317601 114947
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Very fast & very easy. I brought to a halloween party & the bowl was cleaned out! The seasonings give it a good flavor. Don't let the name scare you-it's not hot. It is slightly sweet, so if you want more a savory mix, cut back on the sugar. Recommend for a quick, simple snack to feed a large crowd."

babs7990 User ID: 4977771 146177
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011


towanda7 User ID: 3629561 114946
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"Some family members like it just as well as Chex Mix. Very crispy and not too spicy."

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