Alabama Fire Crackers are the perfect spicy cracker! These easy four-ingredient snack crackers feature a unique combination of ranch dressing and red pepper flakes to please salty and spicy snackers.
Alabama Fire Crackers
While our nephew was in Spokane for a month working with us this summer we went through his Grandmothers Alabama church cookbook.
We had so much fun finding new recipes to make and enjoy. These spicy Alabama fire crackers were one of our favorite recipes from the cookbook.
One of my favorite moments was when our nephew was able to send his grandmother photos making her recipes.
He is going to make some of them for her now that he is back in Alabama. It was really fun being able to teach him family recipes that he can share in the future.
I am so thankful his grandmother said we could work with the recipes and adapt them.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making epic Alabama Fire Crackers! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Unsalted Saltine Crackers
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
- Vegetable Oil/Olive Oil
- Gallon-Sized Ziploc Bags
- Measuring Cups
- Small Mixing Bowl/Jar
Optional: Ziploc Bag Holders
We use Ziploc bag holders to hold open the baggies while pouring ingredients into them.
Baking Sheet - The Alabama Firecracker Recipe can be spread out to dry if desired.
We do not use the oven to bake these crackers. They are a no-bake recipe and taste amazing.
You can bake these if you want to, but it is optional.
Step 1 - Unwrap sleeves of crackers and add them to a gallon-size Zip-top bag.
Step 2 - In a small bowl combine oil, red pepper flakes, and dry ranch dressing mix. Stir together.
Step 3 - Pour over the crackers and seal the bag. Shake the baggie so all of the crackers are coated in spices.
Step 4 - Shake every 5-10 minutes for an hour to make sure they are fully coated with the spice mixture.
The longer these crackers sit the better they taste.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: You can pre-make the seasoning mix and have it ready whenever you want to whip up a batch of spicy Alabama Firecrackers.
Storage: We store these crackers in the same Ziploc bag or another airtight container, where they’ll remain fresh at room temperature for about a week.
Freezing/How to Freeze: We don’t recommend freezing or refrigerating your Alabama Firecrackers. They’ll turn soggy when they thaw, which no one will be excited about.
Substitutions: You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, canola oil, or your favorite flavored oil. You can also use regular or mini saltines, depending on what you enjoy. Ritz crackers work just as well if you prefer a more buttery cracker!
You can make these into seasoned oyster crackers too. Use Cheez It crackers for a cheese flavor.
Optional additional flavors - teaspoon onion powder or a teaspoon garlic powder.
Vegetarian + Vegan Options: This recipe is vegetarian-friendly! It is vegan-safe if you replace the dry ranch seasoning mix with a vegan alternative, as Hidden Valley’s mix contains some milk-derived ingredients.
Gluten-Free: Premium Saltine Crackers contain gluten, so swap this ingredient with a gluten-free alternative to avoid gluten. Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning is gluten-free.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: We use one 16-ounce box to make these Alabama Fire Crackers. Scale the written recipe up or down, depending on your desired quantity.
Make it Spicy: Hidden Valley has a spicy ranch mix if you want more heat in your crackers. You can also add more red pepper flakes.
Sugar-Free: This recipe contains 10 grams of sugar. Replace the saltines and ranch dressing mix with sugar-free substitutes to lower the sugar content.
Tips for the Best Alabama Fire Crackers
- Add a teaspoon or sprinkle of garlic powder or black pepper for more flavor, depending on which ingredient you’d like to taste more of.
- We love gifting containers or baggies of these crackers, especially during the holidays.
What to Serve with Alabama Fire Crackers
A salty and spicy snack like Alabama Fire Crackers deserves a yummy dip or hearty soup for dunking and enjoying. Here are some menu planning suggestions from our Recipe Collection!
Sides: 3 Ingredient Velveeta Rotel Dip with Ground Beef, 3 Ingredient Potato Chip Dip, BLT Dip, Easy Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip, Black Bean Salsa, 7 Layer Taco Dip, Knorr Spinach Dip, CrockPot Reuben Dip, Tequila Spiked Guacamole, Greek Goddess Appetizer
Main Dishes: CrockPot Sausage Sauerkraut Soup, CrockPot Ham & Potato Soup, Carrot Ginger Soup, CrockPot Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Soup, CrockPot Chicken Enchilada Soup, CrockPot Gumbo, CrockPot Turkey & Wild Rice Soup, CrockPot Stuffed Pepper Soup
Desserts: Red Velvet Brownies, Chocolate Coconut 5 Layer Bars, CrockPot Mixed Berry Cobbler, Black Bean Brownies, Easy Homemade Banana Bread, Salty & Sweet Ruffles Marshmallow Treats, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, Molasses Cookies
When to Serve
- Soup Night
- Family Gatherings
- Cocktail Night
- Tailgating Parties
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This recipe is featured in our Road Trip Snacks Collection
Alabama Fire Crackers
- Unwrap Saltines and add them to a gallon-size Ziploc Bag
- Combine oil, dry pepper flakes, and dry ranch dressing mix in a mixing bowl.
- Pour mixture over saltine crackers. Seal the Ziploc bag and shake
- Shake Ziploc bag every 10 minutes for an hour. Until spice mix evenly coats the crackers.
- Ziplock Bag Holder Stand