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Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix

Football and the holiday season call for easy snacks that everyone will adore, and this Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix is just that. 

snack mix in serving bowl

My mom recently introduced me to this recipe for Alabama Fire Crackers and I’ve wanted to make my own snack mix since then. If you’re curious about that recipe, It’s definitely delicious but they call it Alabama FIRE for a reason 🔥🔥. It’s pretty spicy. This Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix has a zest to it, but it’s not hot at all. My two year old devoured it if that tells you anything. 

I originally had a slightly different flavor combination in mind. I wanted there to be a classic ranch flavor with a fun hint of everything bagel seasoning. I placed my grocery pickup order, excited for a few days of recipe testing, and low and behold, my ranch dressing seasoning packet was replaced with FIESTA ranch seasoning. I was livid. 

I have a love/hate relationship with online grocery ordering anyway, and this why. Thankfully, I went ahead and tried it and the result was actually amazing. I guess you could say it was fate. 

You can make this recipe in the oven or the slow cooker, but I love the idea that you can throw it in your crockpot before your holiday party and leave the important real estate of your stove and oven available. This is definitely going to be on repeat for football season and holidays for years to come. 

Ingredients & Subs

  • Mini pretzels, Ritz Bits, mini Townhouse crackers, whole-wheat Chex — You can use any mix-ins you like! I used mini pretzel thins, but you could also do regular mini pretzels, rods, or pieces. I think the mini Townhouse crackers are adorable and I definitely think you need some form of Chex. You could add in Cheez its or Goldfish or even nuts. Whatever you like!
  • Fiesta Ranch Seasoning — You could use whatever packet of ranch seasoning you like!
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning — If you can’t find (you can pretty much find it anywhere these days), you could add 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. I’d also recommend adding a 1/2 teaspoon more garlic powder and onion powder in this case.
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder 
  • vegetable oil — You can really use any oil you like. I’ve even used olive oil and while you can definitely taste it, I dug it. You could also use all butter if you like. 
  • unsalted butter — You can use all oil or sub for vegan butter if you like.
  • Worcestershire sauce — Can omit if you’re vegan or if you don’t have it on-hand. 

How to Make

  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  2. Add pretzels, Ritz bits, mini Townhouse crackers, Chex, Fiesta Ranch Seasoning, everything bagel seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir in vegetable oil and Worcestershire sauce and gently toss to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter until melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove snack mix from slow cooker and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Let cool completely before serving.

If you’re serving this at a small gathering, try scooping portions into paper bags so that everyone gets their own and won’t be sticking their hands in a bowl. 

Snack mix in a serving bowl

How to store

Store the finished snack mix in an airtight container for up to 1 week. (I can promise it won’t last that long.)

Snack mix in crock pot Snack mix in a serving bowl

Hot Tip

Try these in the oven if you need them done in a jiffy! Preheat oven to 300ºF. Go ahead and melt the butter and combine it with the oil and Worcestershire sauce. Combine the spices with all the snacks and toss them with the liquid ingredients.

Toss really well so that every piece is coated.  Spread the mix evenly over a lined baking sheet. Bake 30-35 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes or so. 

Snack mix in a crock pot 

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close up of snack mix in serving bowl

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Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix

Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Football and the holiday season call for easy snacks that everyone will adore, and this Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Snack Mix is just that.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups Ritz Bits
  • 2 cups mini Townhouse crackers
  • 2 cups whole-wheat Chex
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet Fiesta Ranch Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  2. Add pretzels, Ritz bits, mini Townhouse crackers, Chex, Fiesta Ranch Seasoning, everything bagel seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir in vegetable oil and Worcestershire sauce and gently toss to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter until melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove snack mix from slow cooker and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Let cool completely before serving.

Notes

See the blog post above.

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I'm assuming you're talking about the cheese Ritz Bits, not the peanut butter ones?

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Yes, the cheese Ritz Bits are the ones that I used in the recipe. Specifically the cheddar ones. Hope you enjoy!

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