Chex Party Mix – Gluten-Free and Spicy

One of my all-time favorite snacks for home TV viewing and parties is the Chex party mix. The only problem is that so many times it’s loaded with ingredients containing gluten, and I’m gluten-intolerant.

Chex party mix ready to eat

This is why I decided to make my own. What’s cool about that is no one can tell the difference, and I’m able to enjoy it along with my friends. Plus people are always happy when I bring homemade Chex mix to any event.

Chex Party Mix Cereal and Pretzels

Most recipes for the original Chex mix include corn, rice, and wheat flavored Chex cereals. Since the only one containing gluten is the wheat, I simply increase the amount of corn and rice Chex. It’s super easy.

Rice and Corn flavored Chex cereal are both gluten-free

I used to have to leave out the pretzels, until the Glutino food company started making gluten-free pretzel rods. Because of this, I can have the full party mix experience.

Add pretzel rods to the mix

Other Chex Party Mix Ingredients

The other ingredients in the mix are typically gluten-free. Butter doesn’t have gluten, and I purchase Worcestershire sauce that doesn’t have gluten

You can use the recommended amount of butter or decrease it a little if you prefer lower fat.

You can use whatever type of nuts you prefer, including mixed nuts. However, as a southern girl whose parents and grandparents had pecan trees in the yard that was the most natural nut for me to use. Unfortunately, we don’t have pecan trees, so I have to buy them.

Pecans add a nutty flavor to the party mix.

I add seasoned salt to bring out the flavor of all the ingredients. Even more important to my taste buds, I add cayenne pepper to give it a little extra zing. It’ll make you thirsty, but it’s always a good idea to drink more water anyway. So go for it!

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl before putting it on a baking sheet.

Chex Party Mix for All Special Occasions

Spread it out on a sheet pan and bake it until all the pieces are crisp.

Make more than you need so you’ll have plenty to serve guests when they pop over for a visit. After all, a southern home always has something yummy to eat.

Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s party at home or you’re going to a friend’s house for the Super Bowl, double this Chex party mix recipe and bring it to share with everyone. You’ll also want to make a delicious cheese ball and bring some crackers. Here’s a recipe from Back to My Southern Roots that you will absolutely love: Holiday Cheese Ball.

Yield: 10 servings

Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix

Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix
Chex party mix that is gluten-free and spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 cup pecans (or mixed nuts if you prefer)
  • 1 cup gluten-free pretzel rods
  • 4 tablespoons butter (less if you prefer lower fat)
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (more if you like it super spicy)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add the Corn Chex, Rice Chex, nuts, and pretzel rods to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the butter. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and cayenne powder to the butter.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir well, being careful not to break the pieces.
  5. Pour the coated mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
  6. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Stir carefully and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack. Cool for 15 minutes.


Store in an air-tight, sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/3 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 203 Total Fat 14g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 12mg Sodium 355mg Carbohydrates 18g Fiber 2g Sugar 2g Protein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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