Slow Cooker Texas Trash Party Mix

Kathy Sterling Recipe

By Kathy Sterling Kster2033

6 to 12
10 Min
3 Hr

Ever since I can remember my mother made Texas Trash/Party Mix. I know she found the original recipe on the box of Chex Cereal as I have used it also.

It was a snack we all enjoyed year round but especially during the holidays. She always made it as directed and I would pick out the chex cereals as my favorite. I don't know why I never though of using just the things I liked, but it never donned on me.

I recently saw that you could make it in a slow cooker and I thought that was the perfect idea. After researching it online, I noticed people saying put what you like in I do!

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6 Tbsp
butter, unsalted
2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
onion powder
2 tsp
seasoned salt
3 c
corn chex cereal
3 c
rice chex cereal
2 c
cheerio's cereal
2 c
cheez it crackers
1 c
dry roasted peanuts

Directions Step-By-Step

In a small pan melt butter and mix in Worcestershire Sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt. Stir to make sure all ingredients are dissolved.
Place remaining ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well. Slowly stir in butter mixture, coating all ingredients well.
Cook on low, stirring every 30 minutes for 3 hours.
*Note: You can add whatever ingredients you prefer. I do not like pretzels but that is one that many people add. You can put in different types of nuts or crackers, let your imagination run wild.
If you like spicy food, hot sauce or cayenne pepper could also be added. Just make it to your liking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Snacks

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Kimi Gaines kimijo
Sep 15, 2013
My Father-in-law made this all the time...He put cashews in his...Oh man I loved visiting them when they had it!!
Rose Selvar potrose
Sep 15, 2013
Sounds great. Pinched. 9/15/13
Sep 24, 2013 - Bea L. shared this recipe with discussion groups: JAP@Night LIVELY DISCUSSIONS SPOKEN HERE
Bob Wakeman bluecatfish1
Oct 16, 2013
Making this for my next NASCAR party... For sure...
barbara hale tootsie51
Nov 3, 2013
Thanks for sharing your version of the "Chex Party Mix" as we call it in our home!I will try yours.It's really a fun recipe to be made to individual taste.We make Party Mix literally by the gallons,esp at holiday time,with the kids each getting a gallon jug(topped of course with a bow!)of their requested "party mix"!! Yep,they expect it!!And fear not,the empty jug comes back to me for the next year's batch! In ours,we prefer only deluxe nuts..and then we also add:like perhaps Bugles,"bite size round" tortilla chips,Chex cereal,thin pretzel sticks,maybe Fritos,or Cheetos,bagged "thick" chow mein noodles and then....added last after the "sauce" is added,some Cheerios.If you add them initially with the rest,the Cheerios just sink to the bottom and shrivel up! But no matter what I put in it,people end of picking out their favorite stuff,only to be told "DON'T eat all the pretzels" or what ever!! It's a family joke! And I likely,at least double the standard recipe and do sprinkle it all with Worcheshire sauce right from the bottle and maybe add extra garlic powder or ?? too... and then just stir it all while its (my favorite part!)a large and deep DISPOSABLE ALUMINUM pan,which I spray first with a Pam type spray.Makes clean up a snap!And sometimes I crank the oven up a bit in the end,bec they like the "burnt and brown pieces" soaked w the Worcheshire sauce!! From our home to yours,please do enjoy!!
Kathy Sterling Kster2033
Nov 3, 2013
Thanks Barbara, it is a family tradition my mother started in the 60's so I know where you are coming from. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
barbara hale tootsie51
Nov 5, 2013
Nice memories Kathy.And incidentally,funny thing...our mother also started the party mix tradition years back too!! We actually still put some in her antique jug,used only for party mix and only at holidays!Yep,people even munch on it while opening stockings by the tree before coffee cake or whatever else we're having! I's definately a tradition and definitely something either you know about or you don't...unless friends introduce one to it:)!Happy Holidays!!
Pam Watson Pam913
Dec 16, 2013
I've got party mix that needs crisping up. What do I do with this batch?
Kathy Sterling Kster2033
Dec 17, 2013
Pam, try putting it in your oven on a low temp, about 200 degrees for a little while. I would check it every 15 minutes to see if it is crispy. That should help.
Betsy Candler Alexsbubbe
Jun 27, 2015
For real Texas flavor add 1t chili powder, 1/2 t cayenne, and 1/2 t. Celery seed. That's how my Texas mother in law always did it. Also lots of nuts. We love pecans.