I love making treats like this southwestern snack mix for Anita to take to work and share with her co-workers. Of course, whatever she takes has to be yummy and it has to make a pretty good-sized batch, enough to feed over 20 peoples. And some times, I like to sneak in just a bit of spiciness. This mix checks all of the boxes, and it’s easy to make to boot. Popcorn, Chex cereal, Fritos and Cheez-Its. All those goodies in one bowl.
I used my homemade taco seasoning when I made the Southwestern snack mix because I like to be able to control the spiciness and the texture. I often grind my spice mixes to get them a bit finer to avoid the chances of someone biting into a bit chunk of say, oregano. You can of course use a packet of taco seasoning, but if you’re making the mix for a crowd you might want to use the mild mix instead of the spicy.
- 8 cups Corn Chex cereal
- 4 cups Fritos corn chips
- 2 cups Cheez-It crackers
- 3 cups of popped popcorn (one 3.2 ounce bag of Pop Secret microwave popcorn or 1/3 cup of raw kernels, popped)
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package Old El Paso taco seasoning mix, or 3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning
- Combine the cereal, chops, crackers, and popped popcorn in a very large sealable container.
- Drizzle the butter over the mixture. Seal and toss gently to coat.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over the mixture. Seal and toss gently to coat.