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Slow Cooker Chex Mix

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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

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 6 quart slow cooker for this, but I might need to get an oblong slow cooker to try it in.

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

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  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.

 

 

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34 Comments
  • Karly
    January 12, 2014

    Love that you made it in the slow cooker. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Miz Helen
    December 22, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    I told my husband the other day, I wish someone would give us some Chex Mix, or I will have to make my own. This is just what I wanted, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  • Cathy
    December 19, 2013

    I love homemade chex mix and never thought to do it in a crockpot..what a great idea!! Love it 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    • Camille
      December 19, 2013

      It will change your Chex Mix making life! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Kimberlee
    December 18, 2013

    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.

    • Camille
      December 19, 2013

      Now I’m intrigued! I thought mine was the standard Chex Mix recipe! LOL It’s pretty versatile, that’s for sure!

  • Gail
    December 17, 2013

    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.

  • Amisy Food Machine
    January 28, 2013

    Slobbery! Slobbery! I like snacks very much and your recipe is quite good! Thanks for your sharing!

  • Kelly
    December 28, 2012

    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!

    • Camille
      December 28, 2012

      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. 🙂

  • Theresa
    December 22, 2012

    I have never heard of Chex mix in the crockpot. Going to try this for sure!
    You had me a buffalo…(we love buffalo sauce flavored items around this neck of the woods). Thanks for posting this yummy looking recipe.

  • Cindy
    December 19, 2012

    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!

    • Camille
      December 19, 2012

      Oh yay! How fun. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t even think about how fun this would be for kids in a classroom!

  • HungryLittleGirl
    December 17, 2012

    My TV night is saved!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – Hope to see you there again this week 🙂

  • Tracy
    December 13, 2012

    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!

    • Camille
      December 13, 2012

      On! It doesn’t get soggy at all – it crisps right up. Yeah, I don’t get it either but it works. 🙂

    • Dian
      December 24, 2012

      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!! 🙂

  • Mackenzie
    December 13, 2012

    This is so clever; I can’t wait to try it to see if it turns out different in the crockpot than the oven! 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  • kristi
    December 12, 2012

    Aren’t you smart? Love the idea of making this in my crockpot. Thanks so much for linking up on Monday, Camille! You are featured on my favorite features post: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/12/the-tuesday-ten_11.html

    {HUGS},
    kristi

  • Lori
    December 12, 2012

    Always wanted to try this, might just make it for NYE!

  • Cynthia L.
    December 11, 2012

    I have always loved Chex Mix. I am so glad there is a crock pot version!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  • Lisa D
    December 11, 2012

    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.

  • Cindys Recipes and Writings
    October 26, 2012

    Cute idea, Camille! Thanks for sharing at foodie Friends Friday!