Cheese Lover's Snack Mix


Hit the road with the best snack there is.

Southern Living Cheese Lover’s Snack Mix in a bowl to serve

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Sure, you can stop at a gas station and buy road trip snacks, but homemade versions are so much better! Save yourself from the disappointment of opening a bag of stale Chex Mix from some godforsaken Chevron in the middle-of-nowhere, and bake up a batch of this cheesy, spicy snack mix.

Goldfish crackers, mini saltines, and cheese crackers team up with smoked paprika, garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne to create a savory-spicy mix that you’ll eat by the handful.


  • 3 cups bite-size Cheddar cheese crackers (such as Cheez-Its)

  • 2 cups fish-shaped Cheddar cheese crackers (such as Goldfish)

  • 1 cup miniature saltine crackers

  • 1/2 cup canola oil

  • 1 Tbsp. ranch dressing mix (from 1 [1-oz.] envelope)

  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

    Stir together bite-size cheese crackers, fish-shaped crackers, saltine crackers, canola oil, ranch dressing mix, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Spread mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet; bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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