Mexican Chex Mix is a recipe from the side of my grocery store’s Chex Cereal knock off, Corn Squares. You didn’t fool us, Corn Squares! We know you are really just Chex. But thank you for this recipe. It’s a type of Chex Mix flavored with chili powder and lime juice, and it’s hard to stop eating.
Luckily, I only made a half batch Mexican Chex Mix because it’s addictive. 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 zingy-ness 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.
Mexican Chex 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.
Great question! I use Gebhardt – it’s a blend, actually.
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. 🙂
lime juice! excellent idea.
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?
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.
I like the idea of the chili powder in this! We loved Chex Mix when we were kids! And Corn Chex is actually my favorite!
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.
This sounds like it would be good with a beer or margarita! 🙂 Maybe too good!
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.
That sort of thing is dangerous around me 🙂
Hmmm. This looks really good. Like something I should take to Girls Night Out.