Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Slow Cooker Chex Mix is a favorite holiday treat in my home!  This recipe helps you make homemade Chex Mix right in your slow cooker.  Just melt the butter right in the crock and then mix in the seasonings.   Add the cereal and any other munchies you like and stir to coat.  Two hours later, you will have a delicious savory snack that the whole family loves.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix


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Chex Mix has been a Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.  My mother would make a 5 gallon container full of the stuff and we would wipe it out.   When I moved away from home, I would beg her to send me Chex Mix because I never wanted to tackle making it myself.  I hate recipes that require you to stir while baking. Weird, I know!  So when I saw that you could make Slow Cooker Chex Mix a few years ago I knew that my Chex Mix avoidance was over.

The ingredients for Slow Cooker Chex Mix are pretty flexible.  Adjust the amount of butter and the seasoning to your liking.  I sometimes add in buffalo sauce! This is the way I like it, but feel free to use what you like best.   Just make sure to stir, stir, stir so that the cereal and other ingredients are well coated with the seasonings before you start cooking.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

My Slow Cooker Chex Mix has never taken more than 2 hours to cook (sometimes less), but it may take up to 3 hours. I’ve also accidentally cooked the Chex Mix on high and it takes less time, but is more prone to burn.

I use a large Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, but I’m kind of enthralled with this new Crock Pot slow cooker for casseroles, too!

If you like a sweet Chex Mix treat, make sure to check out my Honey Sesame Chex Mix – it’s amazing!

Slow Cooker Chex Mix
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  • 3 cups each of corn, rice, and wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup toasted O's cereal (Cheerios)
  • 1-2 cups pretzels
  • 1-2 cup nuts
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perrin's does not contain MSG)
  • 1½ teaspoons seasoned salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  1. Get out the largest slow cooker you own. Plug it in, put the lid on and turn it on high. Get out the rest of your ingredients.
  2. Put butter in crock and melt on high heat, covered. If this is your first batch, this may take up to 20 minute. If the slow cooker is hot, then it will take just a few minutes.
  3. Once butter is melted, add in Worcestershire, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in rest of ingredients and stir well to coat.
  5. Turn slow cooker down to LOW.
  6. Cook on LOW for 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so. As the slow cooker gets hotter, you will need to stir more often so the bottom ingredients don't burn. Towards the end I stir every 15-20 minutes.
  7. Once the chex mix is nice and toasty brown, dump out on to a cookie sheet to cool. Store in a sealed bag or covered container.



  1. says

    I have been making chex mix in my slow cooker this year and love doing it that way. Much easier than the oven method – I agree! I am going to have to try your recipe. it is different from the other one I have been using. Thanks.
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  2. says

    Hi Camille,
    I love new ideas for using the crock pot. I guess that’s because whenever I think crock pot, I think easy. And I’ve never put cheerios in my chex mix. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  3. Kelly says

    I am trying this now, I didnt have onion powder or garlic powder so I substituted with less seasoned salt added garlic salt and some ranch seasoning. I also added dill! Someone mentioned buffalo seasoning in an earlier post. I am thinking ranch seasoning with Frank’s red hot and butter would be really good!

    • says

      Yum on the ranch dressing! I agree that the Frank’s with ranch seasoning would be awesome. I’m actually cooking chicken in that exact mixture right now for sandwiches tonight. :-)

  4. Cindy says

    Thanks for the recipe! I just tried this in my Special Education classroom and it was a hit! I don’t have an oven in my classroom so this was a great alternative. It sure made the hallways smell delicious!

  5. Tracy says

    I guess I’ll be the goofball to ask if the lid has to be on or off….Ü
    Only because I was wondering if the cereal got soggy with the lid on.
    It sounds amazing and I totally agree with a “stirring” recipe….I hate that commitment Ü
    Thanks so much!

    • Dian says

      Don’t feel bad Tracy we didn’t know whether the lid was on or off either.
      And thank you Camille for the answer – it does seem strange to have it on but “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it!!” as the old adage goes!! :-)

  6. says

    You would not believe. I was just searching pinterest for a “Chex Mix” recipe. Ive never had it before but my husband loves this stuff and always speaks of his mom making it every Christmas. SO I was gonna make some. Then from the “rustic pig” blog party, I seen this!!!!! I have GOT to try this out. Thanks for sharing at just the right time.
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