Spicy Cajun mix

I was inspired by a recipe from Better Crocker to make an afternoon snack for my teenage boys. Combining the Better Crocker and the Chex Mix recipe and adding some Cajun spices creates a more sophisticated snack. I regularly ship bags of these snacks to my son in college.

Recipe makes Active time Total time
12 cups
1h 10m
Special equipment needed
Large baking dish
2 cups oyster crackers
2 cups Fritos
2 cups Chex cereal
2 cups ChezIts
2 cups small pretzels, small twists or snaps
2 cups peanuts, optional
1 stick butter, melted
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• Preheat oven to 300º.
• Mix all the crackers, chips, and peanuts in a 9 x 13-inch roasting pan.
• Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the chip mixture and stir well. Spread the mixture evenly.
• Cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If you are doubling the recipe and using two pans, rotate the pans front to back, top to bottom each time you stir.
• Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
• Add sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
• Add soy nuts.
• Use honey roasted peanuts.
• To make it spicier, add more cayenne or even chipotle powder to make it a bit smoky.
• For quick-grab snacks, put into individual bags.
• Store tightly sealed at room temperature.

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