Chile and Lime Corn Squares Mix

I couldn’t find any Corn Chex the other day and had to the store’s house brand “Corn Squares” which weren’t half bad. In fact, they were (are) quite good and I can’t stop eating them. Since I’m already addicted to the dry cereal, I figured I might as well take it a step further and make the recipe on the box which is a Mexican twist on the even more addictive Chex party mix. Luckily, I only made a half batch. It’s got a lot of zest to it, but I still keep thinking I need to go back and double-triple-quadruple-check it to make sure the level of zinginess is right. I’d better go get some more right now, in fact.

I used Gebhardt non-spicy chili powder. If you like hot things, the spicy kind might be worth a try.

chile lime corn squares mix

Chile and Lime Corn Squares Mix

5 cups “Corn Squares” cereal (or use Corn Chex)
1 cup lightly salted peanuts
3 cups mini pretzels
1/3 cup salted or unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder (like Gebhardt — the kind you use in chili)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large roasting pan with cooking spray.

Mix the cereal, peanuts and pretzels together in the pan.

Melt the butter and stir in the chili powder and lime. Pour over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.

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  1. says

    Okay…this I have such fond memories of this time of year… Of course, not with as much ‘zing’….but I do like it that way. Say, that would pack up nice for a treat to send the son back to University one of these weekends that he comes home.

  2. says

    I LOVE Chex Mix/Trail Mixes, etc. Kevin thinks they are GROSS. He’s weird, I’ve always said that! 😉
    The lime sounds great. Can you taste the lime much? What if there was a little zest? Would that be too much.
    Lucky for me, the boys do like Chex Mix.

  3. says

    Katrina, the lime is one of the things you taste the most. I liked this recipe a lot. If you’re hesitant about it being zesty from the lime, the Chex website has another one made with taco seasoning.

    This would definitely be good with beer.

  4. Susan says

    That would be so easy to make gluten-free now that Chex has gone GF! (& the Glutino pretzels) Any idea on a substitute for the peanuts? Pretty serious peanut/tree nut allergy with my kid. Maybe sunflower seeds?

  5. says

    I don’t mean to be a dingbat, but when you say “chili powder–the kind you use in chili,” do you mean like a chili seasoning packet or do you mean chili powder out of a spice bottle? We don’t have the brand you mentioned ’round these parts so I’m not quite sure which you mean. 🙂

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