Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe – A Delicious Party Food

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Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe
Some of the best recipes, including holiday party recipes, are inspired by memories. One of the many memorable trips I took with my family when I was young was to Avery Island, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco. We were in Louisiana to visit the New Orleans World Fair and my Mom said that since we were in the state of Louisiana we MUST visit the McIlhenny Company. I’m so glad she did because it was super fascinating to see what an in-depth process it is to make the sauce we all know and love. I vow to get back there again as an adult.

Tabasco Varieties

My mom, the Tabasco lover, is also the Queen of the Snack Mix. Everyone loves her creative snack mixes so much that each year at Christmas she has a list of people that she has to make it for – otherwise the holidays just aren’t the same! So, when I decided to make this Kicked Up Snack Mix, I of course turned to Mom to help me iron out the details of the recipe.

One thing I did know, was that I wanted to use Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce to give it some flavor. I have quickly become a fan of this sauce because while many hot sauces just make the food taste HOT and don’t give it much flavor (actually they can cover up the flavor), the Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce has a more subtle, versatile flavor that actually amps up the flavor of the food. And it doesn’t leave your mouth burning either! I found my Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce in a surprising place at Walmart – with the BBQ sauce.

Tabasco at Walmart

Sooooo… to make my mix, I chose some crispy ingredients with a South-of-the-Border flair – like corn chips and chicharrones (crispy pork skins). Keep reading to see what we came up with:

Kicked Up Snack Mix Ingredients

Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe

3 Cups Toasted Rice Cereal
3 Cups Chicharrones, broken in bite size pieces
3 Cups Tortilla Chips, broken in bite size pieces
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp Tabasco Green Jalapeño Sauce
1 Packet Taco Seasoning

Break Tortilla Chips and Chicarrones

Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce

Kicked Up Snack MixingDirections:
Heat oven to 275 degrees.
Break tortilla chips and chicharrones into bite-size pieces. Place in a 9×14 pan along with Toasted Rice Cereal.
Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.
Add Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce to butter and stir.
Pour butter/Tabasco mixture over dry mixture and stir.
Sprinkle taco seasoning over all and stir well.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove for oven and stir. Repeat twice. (For three 15 minute intervals total.)
Let cool and then serve.

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 11.57.16 PM' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. I love snacks with a spice.. This would be a great appetizer snack to serve during the football games, and for the holidays.

  2. I love spicy foods. I’m gonna use some of these at my Christmas party!

  3.' Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Love it. I think Tabasco adds an awesome kick to so many recipes.

  4. Now that’s the way to zap it with some flavor. Great idea, Chrysa! I’ll have to make some over here!

  5. I love snacks with a spicy kick! Tobasco is a really awesome product!

  6. I love snacks with an added kick. This looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try out the recipe.

  7. So basically its make your own Chex Mix! I would love to make my own with a little kick to it…thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Looks fabulous!! I have never tried this kind but can’t wait! Looks like a great movie snack!

  9. This is something that would be good for a holiday party we have to attend this weekend (we’re to bring a snack) for hubby’s work! I like Chex Mix, it’s super versatile, and this version sounds great.

  10. This would be fantastic to bring to holiday parties. It sounds so good!

  11.' Catherine S says:

    This sound good. I will have to make this for our next game night. All my sons friends will love it.

  12. This would be so great for New Years! We always have this kind of snack mix, and my husband would prefer a hotter kick to it over the chocolate one we tend to serve.

  13. I am such a wimp! I am afraid of spicy snacks. Lol. I am ashamed to admit that I am Jamaican….land of one of the hottest sauces ever

    • I can’t do hot foods either!! But this sauce is really more just “flavorful” rather than hot. I can totally eat it!

  14. This reminds me of Chex Mix, which I can eat by the bag! Not really, but I think it would make a great Super Bowl snack.

  15.' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like the perfect spicy snack for me. I love spicy food.

  16. This is perfect game day food! I’ll have to make some this weekend.

  17. Lovin this recipe and making it for Sunday football. It will be a great addition to the wings. I know people who use Tabasco on their popcorn too

  18. The thing that’s so great about the green tabasco sauce is that it’s got a flavor as well as being hot. I don’t like hot for hot’s sake. I need flavor to go with it.

  19. That is a good and spicy twist. My granddaughter and hubby would like it.

  20. We love hot sauce around here and have every possible flavor of Tabasco. It’s a little out of control.

  21. this looks really good. i can keep this gluten free for gifts for my sister

  22. Talk about a kick! My Hubs is obsessed with hot sauce, he loves the stuff. This would be perfect to make for him!

  23. Tabasco just makes everything that much better, even the holidays and the snack foods that go along with it.

  24.' Amy Desrosiers says:

    I enjoy salty and crunchy foods myself! This looks like a great recipe!

  25. This snack mix sounds delicious! I love Tabasco sauce!

  26. Based on the Tabasco alone… I know my husband would like this. He’s the spicy food lover in our house.

  27. Yum! This snack mix is totally adult flavored! I will have to make it at our Holiday Party! I think all the adults would really like it.

  28. My hubby would love this snack! He really liked super spicy food!

  29. I never knew how to make snack mix. I like the addition of the pork skins.

  30. This recipe looks delicious! I love making snack mixes, think I’ll try yours next! #client

  31. Oh what a fun way to use Tabasco! This will be perfect for a party I’m having soon!


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