Chipotle Caramel Chex Mix.
There might not even be words for how delicious this chex mix recipe is.
OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. This chipotle caramel chex mix recipe is life. I have been waiting weeks to share this with you and every single day until now when I was prepping my blog posts, I’d think that I should swap it out for this recipe.
Finally! I am telling you about it.
Holy flavor explosion.
It’s all about sweet heat. This flavor combo is unreal. Trust me, I have made this SIX times in the last two months. And I just bought the ingredients again last week to make it for Christmas.
Even Eddie is losing his mind over it. He isn’t really into chex mix either. I mean, he likes pretzels and chips and stuff occasionally, but when I have a weak moment buy a bag of cheddar chex mix or something (I mean, it tastes like my youth, more specifically Saturday nights watching Snick) he rarely bites. Pun intended.
And if I make a chex mix recipe at home? He’s usually like… whatever.
WELL NOT HERE. He has devoured sheet pans of this stuff.
The ingredients are simple! We don’t use an ACTUAL caramel sauce because it would clump everything together and make this much less chex mix-like. Instead, I made a mix using sugar and light corn syrup and some other delicious add-ins. Not only does it taste like heaven, it makes your kitchen smell incredible too.
This isn’t my first foray into homemade snack mix, but this is the first I’ve made where it’s sweet AND salty! And a bit spicy. I used regular old chex mix ingredients in here, but I certainly think that the addition of cheese crackers or other nuts or whatever the heck you’d like would be perfection.
Just want to eat this forever. Okay bye.
Chex Mix Recipe
Chipotle Caramel Chex Mix
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 4 cups rice chex cereal
- 4 cups corn chex cereal
- 2 cups mini pretzels
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 cup cashews
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the butter, corn syrup, sugar, chipotle pepper and smoked paprika in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second incredible, stirring after each, until the butter is melted and the mixture combines. Stir it well so it looks caramely.
- Place the chex cereal, pretzels, peanuts and cashews in a large bowl. Pour the caramel mixture over top and toss well to combine, even using your hands if needed. You want ALL pieces coated!
- Spread the chex on two baking sheets evenly. Bake for 60 minutes, tossing well every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss the mixture every 10 minutes or so until it cools so it doesn't all clump together. Store in a ziplock bag or sealed container.
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Looook at that caramel! And that crunch!
63 Comments on “Chipotle Caramel Chex Mix.”
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Oh man. I’m already hooked on your smoky vanilla bourbon pretzels (they blow people’s minds every time I take to a family holiday celebration). Now I think I need to try this!
oh i hope you do! this is seriously addictive!
Hi..can you tell me where to get the vanilla bourbon pretzel recipe
here you go! https://www.howsweeteats.com/2016/12/smoky-vanilla-bourbon-pretzels/
We LOVE chex mix. In fact, we have been on such a chex mix kick lately that I am making a batch about once a week. This sounds incredible! I love sweet and spicy!
love that ashlyn! xoxo
loving this sweet and spicy combo!
give me all the chex mix!
ill make it for next week!
I’ve made it twice and making it again for grad party this weekend. Every one just loves it. It’s extremely addictive once you have a taste!
I am going to make this for Christmas the young adults, teens, and tweens should like it…….
………………. and I have some really good Chipotle pepper too!
I wonder what I would taste like with all the other Chex Flavors they have out now?
But, I will stick to your recipe, because it’s you.
haha thank you alicia!! xo
Can you link what chipotle seasoning you used? :)
sure sure! i used this one: https://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/herbs-and-spices/spices/chipotle-chili-pepper
Thank YOU so much! Making this for my Mops group next week!
This looks amazing! Totally making this to take to a family Christmas get together next weekend!
yay! let me know how it is.
I made a quadruple batch of regular chex mix last weekend lol…as soon as we mow through that I am so making this!
it’s SO good!!
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Just added all the ingredients to my grocery list! :)
Chex mix is the absolute best! I can only imagine how fast this kind will go if I take it to our family Christmas. Totally doing it!
Love this! The addition of spice to it is so great! I love a little kick of flavor.
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How long does this stay fresh?
Love it! Thanks for the recipe and keep up the good work here ;)
Yasss!!! This looks delicious!
Wow! What a yummy and delicious cookies, i can’t wait to try this at home asap.
This looks amazing! I already have the ingredients to make a double batch of Chex Mix to give out to loved ones. It looks like I might need to make one regular batch of that, and a batch of these. More bang for the buck, right? ;)
What type of chipotle pepper seasoning do you use and where do you get it? And if I can’t find it, is there a reasonable substitute?
Thanks so much!
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Just made this, and now I need to hide it from myself. Ok, maybe one more bite!
Made this and nibbled every step of the way. It’s a great switch up from the regular chex mix….got to find someone to give it to now…or I will eat all of it. Next time think I will add more chipotle…just a little more.
I need to amend my post above. I just tasted this again after letting it sit overnight. Can I say the flavors actually intensified and developed overnight! Oh my god it’s sooooooo good! No need to adjust anything as it’s perfect!
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OMG, this is the best! It is sooooo good! I made it for gifts and everyone loves! I’ll be making more ASAP! Seriously amazeballs. Thank you for posting!
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I made this for my NYE party this year and everyone loved it! I definitely needed to make two batches. Thank you for the recipe.
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This ones a keeper!
This is the BEST snack mix I have ever eaten!!! Make this ASAP!!
This is so good! Just the right amount of sweet and heat. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing it!
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Made the original chex mix last week for the first time and thought it was ehhhh…ok. But this one is in the oven now and I’ve been picking at it since I stirred the topping on! My house smells amazing too! I better give a tray away or I’ll eat the whole thing. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
I made a batch of this and agreed that I should have added more spice. I’ll say that perhaps my spices were old, and that made a difference. I made a second batch with a fresher, local spice, and it was amazing. I’ll use this recipe as a guide for a sweet and spicy Chex mix.
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I made this recipe exactly as written last week, and everyone loved it – my husband thought it was one of the best things I have ever made!
Can this be made with an alternative for corn syrup?
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One of my sons-in-law loves this, so I make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also took a batch on a National Park hiking trip to Utah and Colorado last year, and the friends that went with us devoured it, making me wish I’d made a double batch.
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Made this last night-oh my gosh-it’s fantastic! Love the combination of sweet and spicy with a little bit of heat. This is going to be my treat Christmas gift for neighbors and co-workers. Thanks so much for another great recipe!
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Hi! This was such a huge hit at the (very small) NYE celebration I went to, although I did have to make some adjustments based on what I had on hand…I upped the spice quotient a LOT. Added twice the chipotle powder and smoked paprika, added 1/2 tsp of cayenne, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. It created a nice, smooth lingering heat that stood up to the really sweet caramel. Didn’t have enough corn syrup, so I had to use some honey and hot honey. Yes, lots of spicy notes. :) Thank you for the great recipe! I look forward to experimenting more with this one.