Spicy Pretzels

Pretzels baked with ranch seasoning, cayenne pepper, dill, garlic salt and lemon pepper make the best Spicy Pretzel recipe!

Our family likes to make Spicy Ranch Pretzels for a snack or a quick and easy appetizer for a party.

White dish with baked spicy pretzels on red napkin

Spicy Pretzel Recipe

Start with a bag of pretzels and add a few seasonings to create this Spicy Pretzel Recipe at home.  The time it takes to upgrade these pretzels is worth it!  You can buy a big bag of plain pretzels and season them yourself much cheaper than buying small bags of pre-seasoned pretzels. 

Only five spices, and olive oil mix together to create spicy ranch pretzels in five minutes! Pretzels are quickly coated with olive oil which is mixed with ranch seasoning, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, dill weed and garlic salt. The seasonings are stirred into the oil, poured over the pretzels and stirred until the oil dries.

Semi-homemade snacks are where it’s at for our family these days.  My kids seem to live off of snacks like Cheerio M&M Bars or Holiday Chex Mix and sometimes we just like to spice snack time up.  Having a batch of these pretzels in the cupboard is fun and easy to do from time to time.

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Close up look at flavored pretzels with ranch, cayenne pepper, dill, lemon pepper, garlic salt and olive oil

Seasoned Spicy Ranch Pretzels

My husband loves to enjoy these as a game-day snack to go along with Sweet Ham & Swiss Sliders or BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders. He looks forward to being able to sit around with friends drinking beer and relaxing with snacks.  These pretzels have a little extra flavor that makes that time more special. 

I really enjoy this recipe for seasoned spicy ranch pretzels because they are packed with flavor. They have a little kick but they’re not so spicy that your mouth burns.

The typical person will enjoy the mild spices in this flavor.  Someone who loves heat can simply increase the amount of cayenne pepper they use in this recipe.

Seasoned pretzels heaped in a serving bowl with red and white polka dot napkin in background

Spiced Pretzel Mix Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Ranch seasoning
  • Lemon pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Dill weed
  • Cayenne pepper
Ingredients to make spicy ranch pretzels recipe are dill weed, ranch seasoning packet, lemon pepper, garlic salt, red cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil and mini pretzels

Another flavorful appetizer that’s super easy to make is our Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs recipe.

Tips for Making Seasoned Pretzels

  • It’s tempting to try and mix the pretzels in their original bag, but you’ll get best results by pouring them into a larger mixing bowl.
  • Pretzels that have been seasoned and dried may be stored in the original package, but make a note so that people know they won’t be getting a plain pretzel.
  • While these are spicy pretzels the spice is not overwhelming to a mild palate like mine, so if you like heat add more cayenne pepper.
  • I find it is easiest to mix up one pound of pretzels at a time and return to the bag for storage or a serving bowl for the party.
  • Start with a new, fresh bag of pretzels for best results.
  • Any thin, bite-sized pretzels like snaps, holiday shapes, or pretzel sticks can be substituted for traditional knot shaped pretzels in this recipe.

How to Season Pretzels

Pour pretzels into a large mixing bowl.

Measure olive oil out in a liquid measuring cup and add Hidden Valley or other ranch seasoning packet, lemon pepper, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and dill weed.

Cup with spiced pretzel mix next to pretzels in a large bowl

Once all of the spices are thoroughly mixed into the olive oil pour over the pretzels.

Stirring pretzel seasoning into pretzels in large bowl

Pro tip: although this recipe calls for two pounds of pretzels it is easiest to mix up one pound and half of the seasoning mixture at a time.

Stir gently until the olive oil dries on the pretzels. I like to run my spatula along the outside of the bowl and gently fold the mixture as I slowly turn the bowl.

This is my favorite step – sample any broken pretzels for quality control. If pretzels sampled from different parts of the bowl all taste the same and there are no spices on the bottom of the bowl you’re done.

The entire process should only take 5 to 10 minutes. This recipe is so simple!

Overhead view of spicy ranch dill baked pretzel snack on wooden table with red polka dot napkin

How Long Do They Last?

When stored in an airtight bag or container these pretzels will remain fresh for up to a week. For best results enjoy within 2 – 3 days.

Prepare the seasoning mixture within a couple hours of using because the spices will not stay mixed up in the olive oil.

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Printable Spicy Pretzel Recipe

Spicy pretzels in a snack dish

Spicy Pretzels

Servings 32 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
These dressed-up pretzels make a fun snack for the family or a quick and easy appetizer for a party. Just add a little olive oil and a few simple spices to make Spicy Pretzels, one of the best snack recipes we make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds pretzels
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 ounce ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed

Instructions
 

  • Measure olive oil and stir seasonings into oil.
  • Put pretzels in a large mixing bowl and pour seasonings over pretzels. Stir well until olive oil is dried on pretzels.

Notes

  • It’s tempting to try and mix the pretzels in their original bag, but you’ll get best results by pouring them into a larger mixing bowl.
  • Pretzels that have been seasoned and dried may be stored in the original package, but make a note so that people know they won’t be getting a plain pretzel.
  • While these are spicy pretzels the spice is not overwhelming to a mild palate like mine, so if you like heat add more cayenne pepper.
  • I find it is easiest to mix up one pound of pretzels at a time and return to the bag for storage or a serving bowl for the party.
  • Start with a new, fresh bag of pretzels for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 498mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published December 4, 2020 and updated on February 8, 2022.

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