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Spicy Gluten Free Texas Trash Chex Mix

by Permanent Posies on January 16, 2012

There is no need for a holiday to have a little Spicy Texas Trash Chex Mix, though for some reason, we only make it during the Christmas holidays.  It was an annual tradition at our house and the taste of it brings me back to childhood.

I now make it gluten-free since my daughter is a Celiac.  This year, I have to say, I made a delicious batch and I am still munching on it.  I meant to pass it out but left for Italy the next day….and well….other things were on my mind.  So, I am stuck with it….teehee.  I am a littl surprised that it is still so fresh.

I really am posting this so that my kids will know how to make it themselves.  It has never been written down before.  The amounts were just estimated and always worked.  Plus, I can’t use all the original ingredients in order to make it gluten free.  So here goes.

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Spicy Gluten Free Texas Trash Chex Mix
Recipe Type: Snacks
Author: Cheney Family Recipe
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 2 hours 30 mins
Total time: 2 hours 50 mins
  • 6 cups Corn Chex
  • 6 cups Rice Chex
  • 6 cups Gluten Free Pretzels
  • 2 large cans Mixed Nuts (preferably less peanut kind)
  • 1 cup homegrown pecans (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2–3/4 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1–1 1/2 tbsp chile powder (depending on your taste)
  • 1/2–1 tsp Cayenne Powder (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Melt the butter. Add the spices and Worcestershire Sauce and put it in a very large bowl or tub. Start with the lesser measure for the spices and add according to taste. Toss in the cereal, pretzels and nuts. With your hands, toss until completely coated and spread into 4 large 9×13 metal pans….or large jelly roll pans.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cook at this temp for about 45 minutes, stirring half way through. Then lower the temperature to about 275 and cook for another hour and a half. It is seems to be getting too brown but there is still a lot of butter, lower the temp, periodically stirring around and switching the pans around in the oven. When they seem to be done, leave the pans in the oven and turn it off. Let it cool off there for a couple of hours.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

mjskit January 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Oh I love this Chex Mix! My sister use to make several batches during the holidays. It’s so good, but I haven’t had it in years. Thanks for posting this recipe. It would be fun making it and relive those times. :) Thanks for hosting this blog hop!

claire January 17, 2012 at 1:23 AM

These look so yummy,Thanks for hosting :-)

Jami January 17, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Thanks for hosting! Trash is my favorite!! My mom still makes it for all of us and has to divide it evenly…yes we’re all in our 40′s (almost 50′s) and still argue over who got more Trash!! :-)

Miz Helen January 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Your Snack Mix looks very good, we enjoy snacks like that the year around and why not, they are so good. I am sharing my weekly menu with links and recipes. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for hosting.
Miz Helen

Michelle January 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thanks for linking with See Ya In the Gumbo! My mom adores this type of mix…but then doesn’t everyone love to snack on it?! Amazing that it is still fresh.

Thanks for hosting–I’ll link up in a bit.

Andy January 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’ve always loved chex mix. Great alternative recipe.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to share this recipe with a friend who has a whole blog on Celiac. I think you might be interested in making her acquaintance.
Her name is Mary Hudak-Collins & her blog is called Living With Food Allergies and Celiac Disease.
Thanks for sharing.

Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn

Andy January 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Sorry, the link is not showing up properly..
This is the correct link: Living With Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

Beck January 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Thank you for hosting! I’ve posted a Toasted Nut Macaroon recipe (with or without nuts, it’s tasty). Pair with chocolate and it’s irresistible. :)

Erika @ My Road to Savings January 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Looks yummy! I love chex mix of all kinds, but ones with a bold flavor or a little kick are my favorite!

Mary Hudak-Colllins January 18, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Andy has introduced me to your blog :) Your recipe looks so tasty and it could easily be made dairy free by using vegan butter (which is quite good). I would have to leave out the Corn Chex as my daughter also has corn allergies. Just a note, always check the can of nuts that you are using, they are not necessarily gluten-free. I always check with the manufacturer because they use flour to coat the belt that the nuts travel on for packaging, which in turn, stays on the nuts. Unfortunately, we learned that lesson the hard way :(
Starting Jan 22nd, I will be hosting a festival of gluten and allergy free recipes. ‘Made From Scratch’ Monday will be held each week so feel free to join in if you are interested :)

Shan @ the fairy blogmother January 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Great recipe. We love chex mix!

Emily January 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Yummy!! I love me some Texas Trash! Why don’t we eat this more often?!

Thanks for linking up!! :)

GraceinAZ January 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Your snack mix sounds yummy – and healthy!
I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine’s Corner. Growing Old With Grace Stop by and check out our cool giveaway! Hugs, GraceinAZ

Helen January 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Hi Susan, thanks for making me feel so wonderful by your warm welcome last week. I have tried several times in the past 30 minutes or so and your link is not working for me or I’m doing something wrong. I get a small box and it appears a photo is supposed to be there, but nothing is working. Bare in mind, I have just learned to “grab” buttons in the last day or so. Thanks!

Sandra January 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

You know, I could really go for some of that right now.

Helen January 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Susan, thanks for you note. Guess what it worked this time! Take a look! I thought it was on your sidebar when I was trying it earlier. It’s in my post…oops got to go put it in the other one. Thanks again for your kindness, Helen

Helen January 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Susan, it’s on the post, that I linked to! All is well! Hooray, I can sleep! Thanks again! Hope some new followers drop by! :) And would welcome ones already following! Helen

Katherines Corner January 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Yum, the perfect alternative to popcorn for movie night. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines Corner. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a wonderful weekend

Kimberly January 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I love spicy Chex Mix … and this version sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

Molly January 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I love this type of mix. Gonna have to try this recipe soon

Miz Helen January 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Just love that Texas Trash Chex Mix! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

KB and Whitesnake January 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Yummy. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

Chef in Training January 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yum! Looks Great! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next Tuesday!
Chef in Training

Alea Milham January 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I have never met a Chex Mix I didn’t like. This combination looks particulary good! I will be bookmarking this for our next party. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

Courtney @ {not so homemade} January 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I LOVE chex mix! And it would be SO great to make my own so I can add whatever I want! Thanks for the recipe :) And thanks so much for sharing! Just wanted to let you know this was featured on this week’s What’s New Wednesdays! I hope you’ll stop by and link up some more great stuff :)

six sisters January 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

This looks so good….and Gluten free! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday and share more of your recipes! -The Sisters

Debra November 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I would love to run this recipe off and use it, but I can’t find a way.

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Texwa girl December 30, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Love this!! Reminds me of eating my moms in Texas winter…
Thanks for sharing!!

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