Homemade Margarita Chex Mix – An Easy and Wildly Addictive Last-Minute Party Snack | Cupcake Project

Homemade Margarita Chex Mix – An Easy and Wildly Addictive Last-Minute Party Snack

Margarita Chex Mix

Five minutes is all it takes to make this homemade margarita Chex Mix – and that’s being generous; you could probably do it in three.  When you’re done, you’ll have a simple party snack with all of the elements of snacking success: sweet, salty, tangy, and crunchy.  Since I am always baking cupcakes, I sometimes forget that a snack doesn’t have to take ten minutes of prep time and twenty minutes in the oven to be a party favorite.  This homemade margarita Chex Mix is right up there with my sweet and salty roasted chickpeas in my quick, easy, amazing, please-don’t-let-me-forget-this recipe repertoire.

Homemade Margarita Chex Mix Recipe

You can find a few other recipes for margarita Chex Mix online.  Where mine differs is that I did not use margarita mix as a key ingredient – I just didn’t find the need for it.  As you’ll see below, I flavored mine with tequila, lime juice, and powdered sugar (you can add salt if you are a salted-rim kind of person).

Homemade Margarita Chex Mix

Homemade Margarita Chex Mix


  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 2 cups small pretzel sticks
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place both kinds of Chex and pretzel rods in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, lime juice, tequila, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Pour butter mixture over Chex and pretzels and toss until all of the Chex and pretzels are coated.
  4. Serve immediately.


If the Chex Mix sits too long, it may get a little soggy. You can revitalize it by spreading the Chex Mix in a single layer on a cookie sheet and lightly toasting it.

I found that the Chex and pretzels had enough salt to make the recipe balance nicely. However, if you are a salted-rim margarita fan, you may want to add salt to the recipe.

If you will be serving this at a party with children, it's OK to leave the tequila out. It will still taste good.

If you live in a country where Chex is not available, you can use another cereal for the recipe, like shredded wheat or flakes.


Another Chex Mix Idea

I periodically run a Facebook event called Cupcake Roulette.  The winner gets paired with me and I develop a recipe or two inspired by something on their site.  The winner of the most recent Cupcake Roulette was Jasey’s Crazy Daisy!  Although she has a ton of fun recipes on her site, I was most excited by her Cinnamon Bun Chex Mix.  It sounds phenomenal!  She inspired me to try my own hand at a homemade Chex Mix recipe (and an upcoming Chex Mix cupcake).  Thanks for playing, Jasey!

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22 Responses to Homemade Margarita Chex Mix – An Easy and Wildly Addictive Last-Minute Party Snack

  1. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting May 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    OHHH I love this!!

  2. Jarome May 14, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Nice! thanks for sharing this. XOXO

  3. Monica @ TheYummyLife May 14, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    What a creative flavor combo–sounds delish. Love the presentation in the margarita glass, too. It would be fun to put out a tray of filled glasses for snacking at a party–easy to grab, hold, and eat. Pinning this.

  4. Vicki Bensinger May 14, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I love all those chex mix recipes but I’ve yet to try one with tequila added to it. How fun for a get together definitely different from Chow Mix.

  5. nessa May 14, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    This looks really interesting. I’d love to try it!

  6. Debra May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    This is dreamy! 😀

  7. Jasey McBurnett May 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    What a fun party mix! I can’t wait to try it! I’m so glad you found things you like at JCD’s:). It makes my day to know that someone has found something that makes them happy or perhaps even inspiring at my place. I can’t wait to see what your cupcake creation is!

  8. Jasey McBurnett May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    PS – Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. I was wondering if you preferred I look through your archives, or if I could write a post introducing you, featuring “my” cupcake, and giving your roulette game a shout out. Maybe we could coordinate if you wanted to host another roulette about the same time that I could send readers to?

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    This sounds so yummy! Perfect for summer get-togethers or parties!

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