Chili Snack Mix – State Fair Edition!

This recipe took First Place in the overall Snack Mix category at this year’s Iowa State Fair, the king of snack mixes!


1 package (16 oz) Frito corn chips
1 can (11.5 oz) mixed nuts
1 package (11 oz) pretzel sticks
1 package (7.2 oz) miniature cheddar cheese fish shaped crackers
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp baking soda


In a large bowl, combine chips, nuts, pretzels, and crackers.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring butter, brown sugar, garlic powder, and chili powder to a boil. Remove butter mixture from heat. Stir in baking soda. Pour over snack mixture and toss to coat.

Transfer spiced snack mixture to 2 greased (jelly roll type) baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 min, or until lightly toasted. Allow snack mix to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.