Is a party even a party without Chex Mix? I would argue not. You need some crunch for a good gathering. But Chex Mix doesn’t just belong at parties, it’s right at home at movie night, game day, potlucks… But this particular Chex Mix, this Dill Pickle Chex Mix belongs absolutely everywhere, whether or not you happen to actually love dill pickles. It has so much satisfying crunch but it also has a salty, briny tang to go along with it. It’s a crowd-pleaser, if you let anyone else get their hands on it, that is.
It is easy to love Chex Mix because it is so snackable and crunchy, with layers of different types of crunch but I love this one because it doesn’t taste like any other Chex Mix I’ve ever had. I like dill pickles just fine, but I’m not a super fan so I haven’t gotten fully behind the recent deluge of dill pickle themed recipes. Until this one.
This one isn’t overwhelming in its pickle flavor – it doesn’t taste just like biting into a pickle. Rather, it’s more of a suggestion of dill pickle and that hint of brininess goes wonderfully with the salty snack bits. There’s Chex cereal (of course), pretzels, bagel chips, and cashews in here and each one has its own unique kind of crispiness.
They’re all tied together with melted butter and some garlic powder, ranch seasoning mix, and then the things that give this a dill pickle vibe – dill pickle juice, dried dill, and some white vinegar. Baking it up in the oven takes out any liquid, but what remains is that little bit of pucker and a lot of herby dill. Dill-licious!
Dill Pickle Chex Mix
5m prep time
30m cook time
- 4 cups corn Chex cereal
- 4 cups rice Chex cereal
- 2 cups mini pretzel twists
- 2 cups bagel chips
- 1 cup cashew pieces
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
- 1 (1 oz) package ranch seasoning mix
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Preheat oven to 250°F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- To a very large bowl, add crackers, corn Chex, rice Chex, pretzels, bagel chips, and cashews.
- In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, dill, garlic powder, pickle juice, ranch seasoning, and vinegar. Pour over Chex mixture and stir well to combine.
- Transfer Chex mixture to baking sheets and spread out in a single layer.
- Bake until golden brown and crispy, 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Fake Ginger.