Spicy Ranch Pretzels are a quick and easy snack recipe. We’re adding Ranch flavor and plenty of spices for loads of flavor then baking them in the oven for a few minutes to make them super crunchy.
Spicy Ranch Pretzels are a favorite snack for Game Days around here.
They take only a few minutes to make and bring a lot of spice to the party.
And who doesn’t like a spicy party anyway? Am I right?
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Key to Success #1 – Use Your Favorite Pretzels
We went with Pretzel Sticks in this recipe, but you can really use any pretzel shape.
The Spicy Ranch Pretzel recipe works just as well with mini pretzel twists or butter snaps.
You can even use the larger pretzel twists if that is what you have on hand.
I think the pretzel sticks are great because you can just grab a handful and go.
Key to Success #2 – The Secret Ingredient
The seasoning blend on these spicy pretzels is a packet of Fiesta Ranch dressing mix, garlic, cayenne pepper, and lemon pepper.
The lemon pepper is the ace in the hole in this recipe.
The citrus notes really bring the flavors together to make these Spicy Ranch Pretzels truly unforgettable.
We’re also using the Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip mix instead of the original Ranch flavor.
The Fiesta Ranch mix has flavors of chipotle, tomatoes, and onions along with the ranch flavoring.
It’s a strong choice to really add a nice flavor profile to your pretzels.
If you can’t find it, you can use the original Ranch dressing mix as an easy substitute.
Mix the ranch dressing mix and spices with some vegetable oil.
Equal amounts of canola oil, popcorn oil, or melted butter will work just as well in this recipe.
Add the pretzels to a gallon-sized zip-top plastic baggie then pour the spiced oil into the bag.
Tightly close the bag and shake well to coat the pretzels in the spices.
Key to Success #3 – Bake For Extra Crunch
The Spicy Ranch Pretzels bake at a relatively low temperature of only 250 degrees F.
Be sure to preheat the oven while you are mixing up your spices.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper then pour the coated pretzels into it.
Spread the pretzels out then pop them into the 250 degree F oven.
These pretzels only need to bake for about 15 minutes.
It’s long enough to toast the pretzels and ensure that the spices stick to them, but not long enough to burn them.
You’re really just trying to give the pretzels an opportunity to soak up the oil then dry out a bit so that they stay crunchy.
After 15 minutes, remove the pretzels from the oven and give them a good stir before turning them out onto a sheet of waxed paper to cool.
Be sure to spread the pretzels out so that they will cool quicker.
In about 30 minutes, they’ll be ready for your hungry crew to devour.
Save this Spicy Ranch Pretzels recipe to your favorite Game Day Snacks board or your Spicy Snacks board.
- 1 pound pretzels
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 packet (1 oz) Fiesta Ranch Dip mix
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- In a small bowl, mix together ranch packet, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and lemon pepper. Stir in vegetable oil.
- Place pretzels in a large zip-top plastic baggie. Pour in oil mixture. Seal bag and shake well.
- Pour pretzels out onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir well. Pour out onto a sheet of waxed paper and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Try substituting popcorn oil or melted butter for the vegetable oil.
- Can use any variety of Ranch dressing mix. Use regular Ranch mix for less-spicy pretzels.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 753mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.