Hockey moms have the best recipes. When my son was in the South Dakota state hockey tournament in Rapid City a few years ago, a teammate’s mom, Lori I., brought spicy ranch pretzel mix to a team get-together.
She used this recipe from All Recipes. I’ve made it quite a few times, we even served it at the bar at our wedding reception. I’ve made a few adjustments to it – mostly just using less cayenne because a full teaspoon is a little too spicy for me. Plus, I use more than 15 ounces of pretzels since there is plenty of seasoning.
Even though it’s called spicy ranch pretzel mix, I sometimes use more than just pretzels. I’ve added mini saltine crackers and Cheese-its before, and today I added Trader Joe’s sesame sticks.
When I first tried the recipe, the vegetable oil worried me. I couldn’t think of how the snack mix wouldn’t be oily, but it’s not. For those of you who have made a snack mix using popcorn oil, I think this is kind of the same thing.
Adjust the seasonings as you like and enjoy with an ice-cold beer or hard lemonade!
If you like spicy snacks, you should try my buffalo chicken dip and use a hot buffalo sauce. Click here for the recipe.
For a spicy meal, make beer chili spaghetti and add more cayenne. Click here for that recipe.
Spicy Ranch Pretzel Mix
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 oz dry ranch-style dressing mix
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 23 oz pretzels,
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dry seasonings.
- Add the oil and whisk a few minutes, until the seasonings are mostly dissolved.
- Place pretzels in a gallon (or larger) resealable plastic bag. Pour in the seasoning. Shake well but carefully. Shake every 30 minutes to evenly coat. Allow snack mix to marinate approximately 2 hours before serving. Store in the bag or an airtight container.
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