This Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe gets a boost of flavor from Tabasco Green Jalapeño Sauce. It’s a perfect party food!
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.
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.
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:
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Kicked Up Tabasco 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
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.
Kicked Up Snack Mix
- 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
- Heat oven to 275 degrees.
- Break tortilla chips and chicharrones into bite-size pieces. Place in a 9x14 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.
this looks really good. i can keep this gluten free for gifts for my sister
Talk about a kick! My Hubs is obsessed with hot sauce, he loves the stuff. This would be perfect to make for him!
Tiffany (A Mom's Take) says
Tabasco just makes everything that much better, even the holidays and the snack foods that go along with it.
Amy Desrosiers says
I enjoy salty and crunchy foods myself! This looks like a great recipe!
This snack mix sounds delicious! I love Tabasco sauce!
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
Based on the Tabasco alone… I know my husband would like this. He’s the spicy food lover in our house.
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.
Debbie L. says
My hubby would love this snack! He really liked super spicy food!
Chasing Joy says
I never knew how to make snack mix. I like the addition of the pork skins.
This recipe looks delicious! I love making snack mixes, think I’ll try yours next! #client
Oh what a fun way to use Tabasco! This will be perfect for a party I’m having soon!