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Spicy Pretzels Recipe with Nacho Cheese Seasoning

Spicy Pretzels are crunchy, buttery, salty, and spicy. They’re the perfect make-ahead finger food snack and impossible to pass without grabbing a handful.

Top-down view of a wooden bowl filled with pretzels that have been baked in a spicy Nacho Cheese seasoning. A second bowl of pretzels sits in the background over a wooden background.

Spicy Pretzels combined with a nacho cheese seasoning is an easy baked finger food snack perfect for any get-together. Be sure to make plenty because this spicy snack is irresistible!

Spicy Pretzels are the kind of pull up your sleeves, grab a beverage, and dig in kind of snack recipe.

Appetizers can mean so many things. They can be served as finger food snacks, or as a light starter before a beautiful meal or casual tailgating snacks.

Angled view of a wooden bowl filled with pretzels that have been baked in a spicy Nacho Cheese seasoning. A second bowl of pretzels sits in the background over a wooden background.

I probably spend more time planning appetizers when entertaining than I do the main meal.

I love dips and finger foods and always try to have something for everyone.

Something salty, sweet, dips and chips, and something new as well as the tried and true. These spicy pretzels are all of that!

Top-down view of two small wooden bowls and one red bowl filled with pretzels that have been baked in a spicy Nacho Cheese seasoning. Pretzels have been scattered about the bowls.

I was wondering why it’s so hard for me to come up with a new snack or appetizer.

Entertaining in my book always requires easy make-ahead dips and plenty of finger food snacking.

The name of the game is to serve items that your friends can help themselves too and that aren’t going to require a lot of your time while people are there.

Top-down view of a wooden bowl filled with pretzels that have been baked in a spicy Nacho Cheese seasoning. A second bowl of pretzels sits in the background over a red checked towel.

People want to visit with you, not watch you serve them. It took me a while to figure that one out until I watched my friends do what I was doing and wishing they weren’t working so hard.

Spicy Nacho Cheese Pretzels are delicious and so easy to make. Best of all, they can be made ahead of time!

Spicy Pretzel Ingredients

With only 5 ingredients, they’re quick to put together and budget friendly too.

  • Pretzels – You can use twists or sticks. I like using the smaller ones. They make the perfect finger food snack.
  • Vegetable Oil – You can use any neutral oil such as canola.
  • Garlic powder – The powder variety sticks well to the pretzels
  • Cayenne pepper – Oh yeah baby, make it as spicy as you want.
  • Nacho Cheddar Seasoning – Using seasoning mixes makes this homemade spicy pretzel recipe easy to make.

How to store Spicy Pretzels

Make them a couple of days in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

How to make this Spicy Pretzel Recipe

  1. Combine the seasoning and oil in a small bowl. I like mixing mine in a 2-cup measuring cup for easy pouring.
  2. Spread the pretzels out on rimmed baking sheets. I cover mine with foil for easy clean-up.
  3. Pour the spiced oil mixture over the pretzels, using a spatula to distribute the mixture evenly.
  4. Bake

Make it a spicy snack mix

You can add a variety of ingredients to make it a spicy snack mix by adding the following:

  • Small crackers such as soup crackers or goldfish crackers
  • Cereal such as Chex or Crispix
  • Peanuts or other nut varieties

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Spicy Pretzels with Nacho Cheese Seasoning

Spicy Pretzels are buttery, salty, crunchy, and spicy. They're the perfect make-ahead finger food snack and impossible to pass without grabbing a handful.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 24
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 24 oz pretzels small
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp nacho cheddar seasoning plus extra for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for the pretzels. Whisk for a few minutes to combine.
  • Spread pretzels out on two rimmed baking sheets.
  • Pour oil/spice mixture evenly over pretzels. Use a spatula and stir the pretzels to coat.
  • Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until oil mixture is absorbed. Stir and turn trays approximately every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle additional nacho cheese powder over pretzels, stirring to combine.
  • Cool and store in airtight ziplock bags or containers until serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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These pretzels will definitely be in the tried and true category for my next tailgating gathering that I’m hosting or attending. You just can’t help yourself to walk by without grabbing a handful!

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Recipe Rating




Brenda

Monday 21st of December 2020

Whhhhheeeeewwwwww...

I only put in 1/2 the amount of cayenne pepper.... and quite spicy,, now it did have them “ marinate “ before baking them.... maybe that is why..... but still addictive

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

I'm so glad that you liked them, Brenda! We make these for work functions a lot and I go easy with the spice. John would like it doubled but he has a cast-iron stomach LOL.

Michele

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Simple, fast and easy--- and did I mention DELICIOUS~ . had them while watching the game yesterday--- definitely making this again!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Thank you Michele!

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