This easy party mix recipe combines the traditional snack mix that we have enjoyed for years with an exciting new twist!

The simple addition of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix takes this addictive party mix from ordinary to extraordinary.  The best part is that it cooks up effortlessly in your slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Ranch Party Mix in slow cooker

It’s no secret that while I love the occasional sweet treat, I’m all about the savory snacks.  Bring me chips and dip or cheese over chocolate and candy any day of the week!

I love making party mixes because they’re totally irresistible and so easy peasy to put together! Since everyone loves them so much, they’re also the perfect easy gift to give as a thank you or even as a holiday gift!

My mother always made a party mix for parties and holidays and my family loved it!

It was usually made with a mixture of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of celery salt or garlic salt. While I definitely loved it, this amazing ranch flavored mixture completely takes the cake!

It takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in the Crock Pot for the perfect munchable mix!

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I love all things Ranch! Ranch flavored chips, spinach ranch dip, ranch potatoes and ranch dressing! So when I thought about adding a little zest to my usual party mix, sprinkling in a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix dressing mix just seemed like a natural thing to do.

This easy Ranch Party Mix is so surprisingly different, delicious and tangy that it’ll be the first thing gone at your next holiday party!

I’ve included my exact ingredients in the recipe below but you can most definitely change it up and add your own flare!

Either add what you have in your cupboard or what you prefer until you have about 10 cups of dry cereals/nuts/pretzels total. When choosing cereals, you’ll just want to make sure they’re not sweetened cereals. And don’t stop at cereal, add in your favorite pretzels,  mini crackers, pecans, almonds, peanuts or whatever other snacks you love! The only limit is your imagination!

Slow Cooker Ranch Party Mix on tray

This party mix is great to share and makes a perfect and easy gift to give (we give it out as gifts to teachers and coaches in our lives too)! It can easily be prepared ahead of time, divided into individual portions and sealed up to be enjoyed later!

For gift giving, I head to Walmart to purchase pretty glass or ceramic bowls or even cute mugs (and everything else I need for the party mix).  I fill each dish with Ranch Party Mix and seal it with Glad® Press‘n Seal® to keep everything fresh.  Finally, I wrap it with clear cellophane and tie it with a pretty ribbon! Not only does the Glad Press ‘n Seal keep food super fresh, it holds the contents in place and seals completely (even in cold weather) meaning my mix stays in the bowl and looks just as pretty as the day I packaged it!

Slow Cooker Ranch Party Mix in bowl with ranch dressing

This party mix is so versatile and  while it’s great for gifts, it’s also a great snack to send to school with your kids or to keep on hand as they come home ravenous! Simply place it in single servings in the cupboard, seal them with Glad Press ‘n Seal and they’re ready for your kids to grab and go!

Ranch Party mix is so easy to make, zesty and delicious you will want to keep a batch on hand for everyday and all occasions! If you’re looking for more great holiday recipes, you can find them here at!

Slow Cooker Ranch Party Mix in slow cooker
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Slow Cooker Party Mix

This easy party mix recipe combines the traditional snack mix with a delicious Ranch flavor to make it totally irresistible!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 18 servings
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  • 3 cups Chex rice cereal
  • 3 cups Chex corn cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup toasted oats cereal
  • 1 ½ cups mini cheddar crackers
  • cup butter
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning Mix
  • Glad® Press’n Seal® for storage


  • Mix together cereals, pretzels and cheese nibs.
  • Combine melted butter, Worcestershire sauce and Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Crockpot Directions: set to high and cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours stirring every 30 minutes.
    Oven Directions: Preheat oven to 250°F and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
    Microwave Directions: Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
    Cook until mixture is dried and starting to look toasty.
  • Spread mixture on waxed or parchment paper and cool completely.


If your slow cooker tends to run hot, this can also be cooked on low for 3 hours stirring every 30 minutes. It is ready once the mixture looks slightly toasty and is dried.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 197 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.9mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Snack
Cuisine American

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    1. Hi Mary, if you would like to make this party mix in the oven instead, bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  1. I know your instructions say to lay out to cool after done, but could you serve this warm in the crockpot as well at a party, potluck, etc?

    1. Hi Chelsea, I won’t lie, I have snuck some while still warm and it is delicious but this recipe is intended to be served cool. If you do serve it warm, we would love to hear how your guests enjoy it!

      1. Do you have the recipe for the regular Chex mix you said westershire sauce and what other ingredients? Thanks

      2. This recipe has been my go to party mix Roxane. I don’t have the other recipe. You may enjoy this delicious puppy chow for a sweet party mix!

  2. Need to try this. Love Chex mix. Also I like to use one small bag goldfish cheddar and one small bag goldfish pretzels instead of regular cheese crackers and pretzels. Like the thought of doing it in the crockpot or slow cooker.

  3. Although these products are marketed to aid youlose weight, if they come from a shrink-wrapped package with an ingredient list you cannot pronounce, artificialdyes, preservatives, and additives, they are not powerful in helpingyou lose weight.

  4. This sounds really good, but ranch does not sit well with me. Any ideas on how to make it garlicky instead? I never thought about using my crockpot. Thank you for the idea! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Love your recipes!5 stars

  5. I’ve made Chex Mix in a slow cooker before (with a pumpkin spice twist). I need to try it with the ranch! I’d eat the whole batch :)