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Easy Ranch Party Mix

Easy ranch party mix is made with just a few simple ingredients. This mix is nut free and comes together quickly. Crunchy, salty, and with a zesty ranch seasoning, this snack mix made with pretzels, Bugles, crackers and Chex will become your new favourite snack.

Ranch snack mix in a crystal bowl

I love a good party mix.  The salty, crunchy snack with a variety of different pretzels, crackers, and cereals is a fun alternative to a bag of chips. 

The best thing about snack mixes is that they are so easy to make at home and the variety of flavours you can create are truly endless.

A good party mix can be salty, sweet, spicy or even a combination of flavours.

Looking for a sweet snack mix? Try this S’mores snack mix or this caramel apple pie party mix. For another savoury snack mix, try this parmesan rosemary snack mix.

Snack mix on a baking sheet with a wooden spoon

For this ranch party mix I have used a combination of pretzels, crackers, Bugles, and two different cereals.  Then I’ve coated them in my homemade buttermilk ranch dressing which is garlicky, herby, and full of flavour. 

This makes a large batch and it will keep well for a couple of weeks, if you resist eating it all before then.

How to make easy ranch party mix

  • Place the pretzels, crackers, Bugles and Chex and Cheerios in a large bowl
  • Coat with the melted butter, add the ranch seasoning and stir well to coat
  • Place the mix on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes stirring half-way through
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then store in a ziplock bag or air-tight container
Collage of photos showing steps to making snack mix

If you don’t want to make your own ranch dressing mix you can use store bought dry mix, such as Hidden Valley Ranch. I recommend looking for the low sodium variety as there is already enough salt in the pretzels and crackers.

Close up view of ranch party mix

How long will this homemade snack mix keep?

If stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag this snack mix will keep well for several weeks.

Can I use different cereal or crackers in this?

You sure can.  This snack mix will work well with shreddies, oyster crackers, cheese nips, or any of your other bite size crackers or cereals. 

Can I add nuts to this snack mix?

Of course. Peanuts, almonds or cashews would be great in this mix.

Close up view of ranch snack mix

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Slow cooker maple glazed nuts

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Ranch crusted air fried chicken thighs

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Easy Ranch Party Mix

Crunchy, salty, and with a zesty ranch seasoning, this snack mix made with pretzels, Bugles, crackers, and Chex will become your new favourite snack.
4.74 from 140 votes
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Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 26
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Deanna


  • 3 Cups Mini Pretzel Twists
  • 3 Cups Bugles
  • 3 Cups Rice Chex
  • 2 Cups Classic Goldfish crackers
  • 2 Cups Cheerios
  • ½ Cup Butter melted
  • 6 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning Mix or 2 envelopes of store-bought


  • Preheat oven to 275°F
  • Place the pretzels, crackers, bugles, and cereals in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the mix and stir to combine.
  • Add the ranch seasoning and stir well making sure everything is coated.
  • Spread the mix on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30-40 minutes, until the mix is dry and slightly toasted, being sure to stir a few times during baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container or ziplock bag


*If your oven tends to run hot, reduce the temperature to 250°F.  Or reduce time by 10 minutes.  As all ovens run a bit different, keep an eye on it and watch for over-browning and remove earlier if you notice signs of burning. 
*If you have a smaller oven or are using the top part of a split oven (that has a smaller top oven and larger bottom), reduce the temperature to 225°.  The smaller oven will have the tray closer to the element, which can cause the mix to over-brown.
*If you are using store-bought ranch seasoning I recommend buying the low-sodium option as the pretzels and snacks add enough salt on their own.


Estimated Nutrition Facts
Easy Ranch Party Mix
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Saturday 30th of March 2024

Just made this recipe for Easter as an appetizer! love all the different kinds of mix involved. First off, I read the comments before I attempted this. I followed the directions and actually set my oven to 250 to start. I went in every once in awhile and shifted the mix to prevent burning. I also made my own low sodium ranch mix! My store was out of stock and I had all the ingredients on hand. Tasted great without the added salt! Highly recommend this option. Also highly recommend using parchment. Mine came out great! Also, I have a rather large cookie sheet that I used as the mix was easier to spread out and get an even cook. If our worried about burning, go back every once in awhile and shift the mix around. I would definitely make this again! My son and husband LOVED it.


Monday 1st of April 2024

Thank you so much. I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your tips!


Monday 15th of January 2024

I've made it twice and it was awesome both times! Everyone liked it better than the Chex mix I usually make for the holidays! Thanks for the recipe, it's perfect!


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Thank you so much. Very glad you enjoy it!


Thursday 12th of January 2023

Made this for our New Year’s party and everyone raved about it. So easy to make and I love how you can easily change it up depending on the ingredients you have. I didn’t have goldfish crackers so used some oyster crackers instead. Will definitely make again.


Thursday 12th of January 2023

Too far as baking,I have a brand new LG convection oven, only baked 5min. Then turned them for 5 more and could still see it would have burned if any longer. It was not even on convection mode.


Thursday 12th of January 2023

Sorry it didn't work for you. How salty it turns out will depend on the ranch seasoning you used. If it was burning after 5 minutes, I would suggest checking your oven temperature for accuracy.


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Rather disappointing! Made like recipe, didn’t bake it quite as long but it still burned. Tastes meh. Try one with Parmesan next time..


Friday 16th of December 2022

Sorry you had trouble. All ovens run a bit differently so as noted in the recipe, you do want to keep and eye on it and stir it as it cooks. We love the flavour, but everyones tastes are different and sometimes it could just come down to the brand of seasoning used. Parmesan would be a great addition.