Frito Snack Mix | Easy Snack Mix Recipe

Frito Snack Mix is a salty/sweet masterpiece! It might sound crazy, but coating Fritos in a sweet caramel sauce and then baking it is just about the best thing to do with a Frito since the Frito Pie was invented! 

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Frito Snack mix on a baking sheet with M&Ms, Fritos, pretzels, and chex cereal

Frito Snack Mix Is The Ultimate Salty/Sweet Treat!

I am obsessed with snack mixes…give me any bowl of a salty/sweet combo and it doesn’t stand a chance.

This snack mix is incredibly easy to make! You might wonder how Fritos worked their way into a sweet snack, but the sweet caramel coating on the salty corn chip is really, REALLY delicious.

This is one of those snacks that will sit in a bowl in front of you and an hour later is completely gone! It’s perfect for parties, gift-giving, tailgating…or any occasion. AND it will definitely make an impression on people…be prepared to share the recipe!

Fritos, chex mix, pretzels coated in caramel close up


  • Fritos
  • Rice Chex Cereal
  • Pretzel Twists
  • Nuts. Pecans or cashews are my favorite!
  • M&Ms
  • Light brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Light corn syrup



The Easy Steps To Make This Snack Mix:

  1. Combine the Fritos, Chex, Pretzels and nuts in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Caramel: In a small saucepan melt sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat.  Let mixture come to a boil and then boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  3. Remove the caramel from the heat and pour over Frito mixture in the bowl. Stir it carefully, but evenly to make sure it’s all coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large roasting pan, or sheet pan. Bake it for 8 minutes and then remove it to stir, then bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Spread wax or parchment paper onto your counter and then spread the mixture out on that to cool, breaking any large clumps.
  6. Sprinkle M&Ms on top when the mixture is warm but not hot so the M&Ms stick to the caramel.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Salty sweet snack mix in a bowl with pretzels, chex and Fritos.

Other Add-In Ideas:

The great thing about snack mixes is that you can really get creative with your mix-ins. Here are some fun ideas of things to add:

  • Peanut M&Ms. Omit the nuts in the recipe and use these!
  • Raisins.
  • Chopped Peanut Butter Cups
  • Any other type of cereal you prefer.
  • Peanut Butter filled pretzel nuggets

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