This EASY ranch chex mix recipe can be made with just 5 minutes to prep and is a flavorful mashup of (yummy) ranch dressing with (elevated) dill flavor. Just 8 ingredients, customization ideas, and options for both microwave and oven options.
But first, let me share a little about what chex mix means to me! Do you have the same fondness for it that I do?
For me, Christmas with my Minnesota family meant there was always a big tupperware of homemade chex mix. Probably in every room, so that it was never out of reach. And when I was in junior high, I ate the bagged version just about every single day. White bagel. Cream Cheese. Bag of Chex Mix. To be 13… 😉
I’m sure these memories are why a few days after Demi was born (when my parents were here helping us out, and frankly treating me like I was the baby…to which I obliged) I requested Chex Mix and cookies.
I wanted, or needed, maybe something comforting, satisfying, delicious – and easy to shove in my mouth while nursing a new baby. And it totally hit the spot – it always does. It’s the salty, savory, crunchy, cereal-meets-snacks SNACK, doused with a flavorful buttery mixture, and baked until crisp. And now we’ve turned it into chex mix recipe with ranch seasoning and dill which both elevates…and adds ranch to this classic. YUM!
This chex mix recipe with hidden valley ranch was originally published in October 2016 and updated in November 2020 to include nutrition facts, helpful tips, and FAQs.
How to Make Ranch Chex Mix with Dill:
I love how easy dry ranch dressing chex mix is to make – simply mix together the melted butter and seasonings and toss with the cereal and extras:
- Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together chex cereals, crackers, and nuts.
- Mix seasonings. In a smaller bowl, mix together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, ranch seasoning, and dried dill.
- Bake ranch chex mix. Drizzle ranch seasoned melted butter over the dry cereal mixture. Toss until everything is evenly coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring chex mix every 15 minutes.
How to Microwave Ranch Chex Mix:
Even though I was really skeptical of the microwave version, it actually works pretty well but there’s just something so comforting and mouth-watering about a kitchen and house that smells of chex mix.
If you’d like to microwave instead, microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towel to cool.
How to Customize your own Ranch Chex Mix:
I also love how easy this ranch chex mix is to customize. Not a fan of wheat Chex? Use a different combo. Prefer peanuts to mixed nuts? Use what you like and make it your own! Here are a few ideas:
- Chex – The most important amount of the cereal component is using 9 cups, it can really be any blend of cereal. I would recommend at least 2 cereals so that you have some different flavors and colors.
- Extras – I love using pretzel crisps so there’s more surface area to soak up the seasonings and melba toasts or bagel toasts are great “extra” cracker options.
- Nuts – Almonds are my favorite nut, so that’s what I’ve used in this ranch chex mix recipe, but you can use mixed nuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.
Baked Ranch Chex Mix FAQs:
What is the best part of Chex Mix?
Hmmm, why are you asking me?! Just kidding, but not really. The best part of chex mix will depend on YOU! Personally, my ultimate chex mix bite includes corn chex, bagel chips, and an almond.
What is in traditional Chex Mix?
Traditional chex mix has a savory and salty flavor. It’s seasoned with butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
How long does Chex Mix last?
Chex mix will last about 10-14 days in an airtight container.
How to Store Leftover Ranch Flavored Chex Mix Recipe:
Store any leftover dill ranch chex mix recipe in an airtight container for 7-10 days. I like using a stasher bag or glass storage containers.
More Healthy Snack Recipes:
If you like this chex mix recipe with dry ranch dressing, you might also like some of these other snack recipes:
- Healthy Kid Snacks from Costco – If you prefer to buy your snacks already made, don’t miss this nutritionist-approved snack list from Costco!
- Trader Joe’s Cheeseboard – Two price options and a video that will turn you into a cheeseboard PRO!
- Peanut Butter Apple Stacks – Let your kids decorate their own apple slices with a mix of nutritious and fun ingredients.
- Creamy Peanut Butter Dip – Just 4 ingredients to make this sweet and creamy peanut butter dip.
- Healthy Dill Veggie Yogurt Dip –
Helpful Tools to Make Ranch Chex Mix Recipe:
- Glass Bowls – This nesting set is very reasonably priced and I use at least one on a daily basis.
- Extra Large Sheet Pan – Call me old-school, but I always bake my ranch chex mix. 🙂
- Stasher Bag – Store any leftovers in these reusable, silicone bags. No more plastic baggies!
This EASY ranch chex mix recipe comes together in just 5 minutes prep + 8 everyday ingredients. It’s got both classic + elevated flavors.
- 9 cups Chex cereal (I used 3 cups corn, 3 cups rice and 3 cups wheat)
- 1 cup pretzel thins
- 1 cup melba crackers or bagel crackers
- 1 cup nuts (I used almonds)
- 8 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning
- 2 tsp dried dill
- extra ranch and dill for dusting
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Stir together all cereal, pretzels, crackers and nuts.
- Stir seasonings into melted butter and pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Dust with additional 1 Tbsp ranch seasoning and 1 tsp dill.
- Spread on paper towels to cool and store in an airtight container.
- Serving size: 1 cup
- If you’d like to microwave instead, microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towel to cool.
- 1 oz. packet of ranch seasoning is about 3 tablespoons, so it’s the perfect amount for one batch.
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