A bit of cayenne pepper spices up this party-perfect Crock Pot Chex Mix. The hands-off recipe with just a few ingredients relies on a slow cooker to get a big batch of this tasty snack mix ready for any crowd.

We love throwing a party, so you will often find us also serving a Smoky Cheese Ball, Beer Cheese Dip, and my favorite Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

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Crock Pot Chex Mix

Every good party or casual gathering needs a simple, yet delicious snack mix to munch on throughout the night, right? Every holiday season, its tradition that this Crock Pot Chex mix makes an appearance as everyone opens up a few presents on Christmas Eve. Without it, it just doesn’t feel like it’s really Christmas yet. 

Not only is it perfect for holiday gatherings, its a staple for anything from birthday parties, the big game, or house warming parties. 

No matter what the occasion, you’ll love how easy it is to throw together a big batch of this slow cooker Chex mix, without ever having to turn on the oven. Get ready for the tastiest party snack you’ve had in a while because this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Why Make Chex Mix In The Slow Cooker?

Do you have to make your Chex nut mix in a Crock-Pot? No. I love this cooking method though because, in all honesty, it’s the easiest. I just throw it all in the pot, stirring occasionally, then it’s done. 

Not to mention it frees up the oven, so I can make other recipes like our favorite Garlic Chicken Puffs! So, when it comes to why you should make Crock Pot Chex mix, the answer is simple, it’s an easy, no fuss, delicious way to make a big batch of your favorite homemade snack mix. 

Can I Make This Crock Pot Chex Mix in An Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! Making this Crock Pot Chex mix in the instant pot is just as easy, if not easier than making it in the Crock-Pot. To make your slow cooker Chex mix in the instant pot, instead, simply follow these instructions. 

Mix up all your ingredients, according to the recipe card, but instead of placing it in the crockpot and cooking on low, place your ingredients in your instant pot, and cook on high for 30 minutes. Once done, let the pot slow release the pressure for 10 minutes, then manually release the rest, and continue following the direction as listed in the recipe card. 

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How To Make Crock Pot Chex Mix

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

This Crock Pot Chex mix is one of those recipes, that’s pretty much just a dump and cook kind of recipe. There’s not a lot to it other than gathering up all the ingredients, then occasionally coming back to stir everything up. If you’re someone who’s new to the kitchen, but still want to contribute to your next potluck, or party, then this recipe is for you! 

To make your own Crock Pot Chex mix just combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and toss to coat. Cover and cook on low, stirring once every 45 minutes.

Once the mixture is cooked, spread it onto wax paper and allow to cool. 

What Else To Add To Crock Pot Chex Mix 

I personally think this slow cooker Chex mix is perfect just the way it is, but you can always add in a few extras if want to have some fun with the recipe. 

Here are a few of my favorite add-ins to mix it up every once in a while:

  • Mini Breadsticks
  • Plain, or chocolate Cheerios
  • Raisins (mix in after the Chex mix has cooked and cooled)
  • M&M’s, chocolate chips, or any of your favorite baking chip flavor (mix in after the Chex mix has cooked and cooled)

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Tips For Making The Best Crock Pot Chex Mix

  • Don’t overcook: With a recipe that cooks for this long in the slow cooker it can be easy to forget, so set a timer to remind yourself to check on it so you don’t end up overcooking.  
  • Remember to stir! The bottom of the Chex mix can burn and stick to the bottom. Not only will you have ruined the recipe, but you will also have a big mess to clean out of your crockpot. 
  • Stir gently: Unless you want o end up with a crumbly mess, don’t dirt to aggressively. Go at it like you would when folding whipped cream into a recipe.
  • Play around with the seasonings: If you’d like more of a certain flavor profile then adjust any of the seasonings to your liking. This does have a bit of a spice to it, so if you don’t like spice at all, I suggest leaving out the cayenne pepper.

How Long Does Homemade Crock Pot Check Mix Last?

Technically speaking, your Crock-Pot Chex mix recipe will last at room temperature for about 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container. With that being said, my family usually devours the whole batch within a couple of days. 

It’s one of those snacks where you keep saying “just one more handful” until suddenly the bag is gone. It’s seriously too good to only eat a little. 

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Check Out More Easy Snack Mixes Here!

Spicy Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix – This Spicy Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix is crunchy, savory and a cinch to make. It’s perfect for a party, football watching, movie night, or any night!

Homemade Ranch Cheese Crackers – Ranch dressing mix makes these easy homemade cheese crackers finger-licking good!

Pringles Nutty Bark Candy Clusters – You only need 3 ingredients to make Pringles Nutty Bark.  It makes a great sweet and salty candy cluster.  Perfect for holiday cookie trays, game night or any party as guests will devour them.

Sweet Heat Chili Maple Popcorn – This gourmet popcorn recipe comes from a desire to please both sweet and savory taste buds. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

Santa Munch Christmas Popcorn – An easy treat that’s perfect for gifts and parties. Salty popcorn tossed in white cake mix, with M&M candies and holiday sprinkles all covered in white chocolate for an irresistible snack mix even Santa will love.

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I’ve been using this same crockpot for years and it still my all-time favorite slow cooker to use! 

Wax Paper

Wax paper great to have around any time you want to make snack mixes, or candy that needs to cool, it also perfect for rolling out cookie dough. 

Food Storage Containers

A few years back I threw out all my mismatched containers and bought this matching set, and it has been a lifesaver. Since many of them are all uniform it makes grabbing the perfect size container and matching lid a breeze. 

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Crock Pot Chex Mix

Yield: 10 (half cup servings)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Slow Cooker Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 1½ cups pecan halves
  • 1½ cups walnut halves
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and toss to coat. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring once every 45 minutes.
  2. Spread mixture onto wax paper and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

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