These little crackers are so addicting, I don’t know whether you are going to want to hug me or kill me after you try them! The crackers are coated with ranch dressing mix, crushed red pepper flakes, and oil — and then magically transformed in the oven to a savory snack. Munch on them, bring them to a party, or give them out as gifts during the holidays.
I’ve been making them with the regular saltine crackers, but I decided to try the method with the saltine “minis” and they are so much better. The minis are 1) easier to pop in your mouth and 2) easier to mix up.
You can certainly use the regular ones, but these are what I use now:
Note: I have also tried the regular sized ones with unsalted tops and had good results. You might want to try those if you are watching your sodium.
The two ladies who I got this recipe from call them “Crack-tastic Crackers” and I realized why the first time I made them. My kids love them, too, even though I make them with a lot of red pepper flakes. You can see the post with the original recipe here. Thank you, Sweet Teeth!
Savory Saltines (aka Crack-tastic Crackers)
1 – 11 oz. box Saltine minis (or 3 sleeves of the regular size)
3/4 cup canola oil if using minis (1 cup oil for regular size)
1 packet Ranch dressing and seasoning mix
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes*
*Note – I use 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper for a good amount of heat. Use less if you don’t like it so hot. Adjust to your taste!
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, ranch seasoning, and red pepper flakes together until combined.
3. Add in the saltine crackers. With a big spoon, toss the crackers with the seasoning to fully coat. This may take a few minutes. You want to take your time to make sure all the crackers are coated.
4. Pour out the crackers evenly onto a baking sheet. If there’s any excess oil & seasoning at the bottom of the bowl, drizzle it over the crackers. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
5. Let cool and eat!
Store in a resealable bag or an airtight container.
Notes: If you use the regular sized saltines, make sure you use your biggest bowls to mix everything! They are bulky to mix, which is why I love using the minis.