How to Make Spicy Ranch Pretzel Mix

bowl of spicy pretzel snack mix

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.

bowl of spicy pretzels and sesame sticks

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.

bowl of spicy seasonings for pretzels

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.

closeup picture of spicy pretzel snack mix

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!

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If you like spicy snacks, you should try my buffalo chicken dip and use a hot buffalo sauce. Click here for the recipe.

bowl of buffalo chicken dip and tortilla chips

For a spicy meal, make beer chili spaghetti and add more cayenne. Click here for that recipe.

bowl of beer chili spaghetti topped with cheese and diced red onion

Spicy wishes,

Spicy Ranch Pretzel Mix

Staci at Random Sweets
A crowd-pleasing snack mix, great with beer or soda.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 202 kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 569mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Hidden Valley Ranch, snack mix

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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