Delicious and Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes

Delicious and Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes

Good Comfort Food doesn’t have to be all about gravy, biscuits, potatoes, fat, and calories. Cutting down, cutting out, or replacing one or two high carb-fatty ingredients makes calorie-laden recipes healthier, lighter, and full of savory guiltless enjoyment! Read on friends for healthier, delicious, and easy lower calorie, lower carb comfort food inspiration!

8 lower calorie lower carb cofort food recipes with a cast iron chicken pot pie

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, and Deviled Eggs are serious comfort foods in my house. Below are a few of our favorites… a little lighter but full of delicious, warm, savory flavors…Delicious and Easy Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes👇👇

TIPS TO MAKE COMFORT RECIPES LOWER CALORIE-LOW CARB

  • use more veggies and lean protein than what the recipe calls for
  • instead of sauteing veggies in oil…use spray oil, spray the bottom of the pan and your ingredients, and add a little water or broth
  • when using flour to thicken soup, sprinkle 1/2 the amount of flour over the sauteing veggies…stir in until all veggies are coated, add seasonings to mix and then add broth
  • if your recipe is potato-based, try replacing half the potatoes with cauliflower
  • beans are easy to thicken, just mash up half the ones in the pot and leave the other beans whole

LOWER CARB SOUPS

Chicken Tortilla Soup

white bowl full of lower carb chicken tortilla soup with a few chips, avocado, and fresh cilantro

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is simply the best all-time favorite family comfort soup. Store-bought chicken broth, canned tomato soup, rotisserie chicken, a perfect blend of seasonings and cheese make it an easy and fast, happy meal. This one-pot soup can be easily adjusted to any consistency, any carb level, and milder or hotter spice level. 3 Weight Watcher points per bowl, 2 points for 6 tortilla chips! Enjoy!!!

Simple Crockpot Curry Vegetable Soup

full bowl of easy lower carb curry vegetable soup

This easy, creamy but light Curry Vegetable Soup makes getting your daily dose of veggies super easy since it’s made in the crockpot.

Curry Vegetable Soup is not only packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber it is naturally low carb, gluten-free and low calories. If you’re following a Weight Watchers diet it is approximately 3 points per serving with the cream cheese included. To make it 0 points just eliminate the cream cheese. Make it harder…add your favorite meat! Better the next day:) Enjoy!!

Easy 30 Minute Wonton Soup

easy 30 minute shrimp wonton soup in a white bowl with chop sticks

This super easy 30 minute Wonton Soup with Shrimp tastes a lot like P.F. Chang’s” wonton soup recipe but there is one difference… it is by far better! Add a few baked shrimp eggrolls and some make-ahead baked rice and you’ve just saved yourself money and calories. Win, Win, Win!!

The flavors in this Wonton Soup are deliciously simple and delightfully light. Four wontons have only 1 Weight Watcher point…low on calories but high on the flavor meter! The best part…it’s done in 30 minutes or less!! Enjoy!!

SIMPLE CROCKPOT SPICY MEXICAN CHICKEN SOUP & SOFT TACO FILLING

White bowl full of spicy chicken soup and soft taco filling with cilantro, lime and tortilla strips

This simple naturally low carb Mexican Chicken Soup and Soft Taco Filling is packed with light, savory, spicy flavors for a perfect all-season soup. Put this one-pot meal together fast and easy in your crock pot for a delicious no fuss, low carb bowl full of yum! This makes the best soft taco filling too!!!

Lazy Comfort Dishes

Easy Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

comforting easy old fashioned chicken dumplings in a white bowl

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is a one-pot, old-fashioned, comfort food classic and will instantly be a family favorite. Mouthwatering savory, light, herby broth, perfect, delicious dumplings, and lots of fresh veggies and rotisserie chicken…You will want this one on your weekly meal must-haves!

This easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe is much better than traditional heavy, thick, gravy recipes that use milk or cream and lots of flour in the broth. It’s “lighter” with fresh herb seasonings, 4 oz of herbed whipped cream cheese, lots of broth, and just 2 tablespoons of flour. It’s good…real good! Each dumpling has approximately 3 Weight Watcher points and the whole pot of broth has around 8 Weight Watcher points. Enjoy this dish!!!

Easy Lower Calorie Chicken Pot Pie

lower carb chicken pot pie in a cast iron pan

What’s more soul-warming than a savory, chunky, homemade Chicken Pot Pie with a rich, creamy filling loaded with chicken and tons of nutritious vegetables? This one skillet meal is topped off with a fast and easy crescent roll crust, is Weight Watcher friendly, and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Lazy comfort food at it’s best!

This recipe is one of my favorites to feed my hamburger, Queso, Gumbo loving family. I love it when I can sneak something healthy into our diet without them even knowing it. Thanks to the 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom Soup and the Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls this recipe cuts the traditional Chicken Pot Pie calorie and fat count by more than half. Enjoy!!

Curry-Dill Deviled Eggs

close up of a curry dill deviled egg

Deviled eggs with curry and fresh dill are about the easiest anytime appetizer dish there is! They are often gobbled up at barbecues, funerals, holidays (especially Easter), potlucks…anytime! And being naturally low carb they are perfect for most dieters! And two halves only have 1 Weight Watcher Points!!!! Enjoy!!

Make these wonderful comfort recipes for your whole family and then hide enough for a delicious leftover lunch for the cook! Two meals down and maybe your waistline too!

Savory and Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole

delicious comfort mashed potato cauliflower casserole in a white bowl with green onions

Savory and simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole is loaded with all the savory comfort flavors of “real” mashed potatoes like real butter, cream cheese, and cream but a little less carby. Try it with Crockpot Drip Beef for a bun less bowl full of comfort and joy!

Enjoy!!!

Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Foods

Savory, simple, lower calories and lower carb comfort foods.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword anytime meal, budget friendly, low calorie, low carb, weight watchers
Calories

Ingredients

  • Best Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • 30 Minute Wonton Soup
  • Simple Crockpot Curry Vegetable Soup
  • Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup and Soft Taco Filling
  • Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings
  • One Pot Lower Calorie Chicken Pot Pie
  • Low Carb Curry Dill Deviled Eggs
  • Savory & Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole
Simple Italian Dill Snacks

Simple Italian Dill Snacks

These simple Italian Dill Snack Crackers are delicious, spicy, crunchy, anytime little nibbles ideal for power snackers. Anytime goldfish, oyster crackers, fresh dill, and Italian flavors are mixed together you get a delicious flavor explosion. Everyone needs a little savory, crunchy, golden comfort goodness, especially around the holidays.

overhead picture of golden italian garlic dill snack crackers

SNACKING OPTIONS

Options are endless with these snack bites. Enjoy these Italian Dill Snack Crackers as a salad topper instead of croutons, top them with your favorite soup, or substitute for super calorie-laden nuts and popcorn.

Include them in your holiday gift baskets, game-time snacks, lunch box goodies, party nibbles. Make this beautiful, comforting, savory, easy-do snack for any occasion, any time of the year!

MORE SNACK GOODIES

I don’t know about you but my family members are big snackers, especially around the holidays. I try to have a few different, budget-friendly, savory snacks on hand when everyone’s home. Below are easy-do ahead recipes my people love.

italian pretzels from simple zesty mini pretzel recipe

There are so many flavor options for these semi-homemade snacks. You can use Everything but the Bagel seasoning instead of packaged Italian Dressing. These Simple Spicy Everything Mini Saltine Crackers are so yummy!!

Make these “Mexican” by using Spicy Ranch Dressing and adding cheddar crackers to the mix. Easy Fiesta Cheddar Snack Crackers

Instead of using Oyster Crackers and Goldfish try pretzels!! I used salt-free pretzels in this recipe, Simple Zesty Mini Pretzels. Gluten-free pretzels would be a great option as well…personally…I can’t tell a difference between gluten-free and regular.

snack cracker ingredients with labels

EASY BUDGET FRIENDLY INGREDIENTS

  • oyster crackers
  • Parmesan Goldfish Crackers
  • prepared dry Italian Dressing seasonings
  • red chili pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • fresh dill or dried (Note: if using dried dill, use about 1/2 the amount and sprinkle on after cooking)
  • olive oil (you can also use vegetable or canola oil)

QUICK HOW TO STEPS

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings, fresh dill, and olive oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place oyster crackers and goldfish in a big bowl, mix up. Pour oil-seasoning mix over crackers, gently stir thoroughly (about 10 minutes) until crackers are evenly covered.
collage step 1 & 2 of mixing the italian snack crackers
  • STEP THREE – place oil-cracker mix in a gallon size zip lock bag or large container with a lid that seals
  • STEP FOUR – let “marinate” for a couple of hours, flipping the sack every 20-30 mins or so
nmarinated italian garlic dill snack crackers in a gallon ziplock bag
  • STEP FIVE – preheat oven to 215 degrees
  • STEP SIX – place mixture on a large cookie sheet, roasting pan, or a deep cast iron skillet
  • STEP SEVEN – cook for about an hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – let them cool and then serve or store them in plastic bags or covered container. Enjoy!!!
cooked italian garlic dill snack crackers in a cast iron skillet

CRACKER SUBSTITUTES

If you’re not into mini crackers you could also use:

  • pretzels
  • regular size saltine crackers, 4 sleeves fit perfectly in the gallon ziplock bag
  • mixed nuts
  • mini wheat crackers
  • chickpeas…these two recipes are super good Airfryer or oven methods…Crunchy Curry Chickpeas and Spicy Jalapeno Chickpeas
  • gluten-free crackers or pretzels
side view close up of golden goldfish and oyster crackers

HELPFUL HINTS

Instead of baking and stirring for an hour…let them set in the ziplock bag overnight. You will need to turn the bag over about every hour or so to ensure the least amount of oil sediment. You could also do smaller portions in the Air Fryer…they’re really great this way!

You can easily skip mixing these mini crackers in a bowl and go directly to the plastic ziplock gallon bag step.

Store these Italian Dill Snack Crackers in an airtight container for weeks. In my opinion, the longer they set the better they taste. But remember to gently shake the storage container before serving. (Note: Snip a little more dill on after cooking)

close up overhead of golden italian oyster goldfish crackers with extra dill

MORE DELICIOUS APPETIZERS

The appetizers listed below are easy and fast to put together and super yummy, budget-friendly, hardier goodies perfect for smaller gatherings!!

Spicy Rotel Queso Dip with Sausage…my family’s handsdown favorite!

Spicy “Krab” wontons with Sweet Mustard Sauce…easy baked goodness!

Easy Do Everything Pinwheels with Lox…low carb and yummy!

Homemade Tomato Brushetta…easy, yummy, low carb, and healthy!

Mexirolls…Weight Watcher friendly and perfect for the Airfryer!

HELPFUL KITCHEN GADGETS👇👇

Italian Garlic Dill Oyster Crackers

These simple Italian Garlic Dill Snack Crackers are delicious, spicy, crunchy, anytime little nibbles ideal for power snackers. Toasty golden and full of savory flavor…easy and fast to throw together.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword barbecue, budget friendly, holidays, snacks, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 100kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 1 bag oyster crackers
  • 1 bag parmesan Goldfish
  • 1 pack dry mix Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh snipped dill or dried (2 tbsp) (Note: if using dried dill, use about 2 tbsp and sprinkle on after cooking)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings, fresh dill, and olive oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place oyster crackers and goldfish in a big bowl, mix up. Pour oil-seasoning mix over crackers, gently stir thoroughly (about 10 minutes) until crackers are evenly covered.
  • STEP THREE – place oil-cracker mix in a gallon size zip lock bag or large container with a lid that seals
  • STEP FOUR – let "marinade" for a couple of hours, flipping the sack every 20-30 mins or so
  • STEP FIVE – preheat oven to 215 degrees
  • STEP SIX – place mixture on a large cookie sheet, roasting pan, or a deep cast iron skillet
  • STEP SEVEN – cook for about an hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – let them cool and then serve or store them in plastic bags or covered container. Enjoy!!!

Notes

Instead of baking and stirring for an hour…let them set in the ziplock bag overnight. You will need to turn the bag over about every hour or so to ensure the least amount of oil sediment. You could also do smaller portions in the Air Fryer…they’re really great this way!
You can easily skip mixing these mini crackers in a bowl and go directly to the plastic ziplock gallon bag step.
Store these goodies in an airtight container for weeks. In my opinion, the longer they set the better they taste. But remember to gently shake the storage container before serving.
Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is simply the best all-time family comfort soup. Store-bought chicken broth, canned tomato soup, rotisserie chicken, a perfect blend of seasonings and cheese make it an easy and fast, happy meal. One of the all time great weeknight healthy dinner ideas!

chicken tortilla soup in a white bowl with cilantro and chips

Keeping it simple is the key to making delicious and healthy soup. This one- pot soup can be easily adjusted to any consistency and spice level you prefer.

Want it thin and light? Just omit the 4 oz. of Queso Velveeta cheese.

Like it thicker but gluten-free? Keep the cheese and crush up a handful of corn tortilla chips and stir into the broth. Doesn’t get any easier!

INGREDIENTS

With the right amount of spice and good quality ingredients making great soup is easy and stress free.

  • shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped, minced
  • 1 large jalapeno chopped, deseeded
  • 1 tbsp chili powder, heaping
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • Better than Boullion Roasted Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & peppers
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 4 oz Processed Queso Cheese
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips or corn tortillas
step one and two instruction on how to make Chicken Tortilla Soup

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

  1. STEP ONE – Chop up the onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  2. STEP TWO – Saute the cut up veggies in 1 tsp of oil until soft.
  3. STEP THREE – Add chili powder, cumin, and lemon pepper to veggies and stir to coat the veggies. Stir in roasted garlic bouillon. Note: if you can’t find roasted garlic bouillon then substitute with chicken bouillon.
  4. STEP FOUR – Pour chicken broth, tomato soup, and drained canned diced tomatoes and chilis, like Rotel. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. STEP FIVE – Add shredded rotisserie chicken, Queso cheese, and canned corn. Note: use regular Velveeta if you can’t find the queso type or substitute any easy melting cheese for Velveeta
  6. STEP SIX – let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Note: make sure cheese does not settle on the bottom of the pan while cooking.
  7. STEP SEVEN – Ladle into bowls. Serve with chopped up fresh cilantro, sliced avocados, grated cheese, cotija cheese, a squeeze of lime, extra hot sauce or hot salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, or pan-fried corn tortillas.

COOKING NOTES AND TIPS

If you want to use whole raw chicken breast simply saute it along with the veggies. Follow the rest of the instructions and before you add the cheese take the whole chicken breast out and shred it. Then add it back to the pot and add the cheese. Let simmer until everything is incorporated.

Ground turkey or even ground beef would be really good in place of rotisserie chicken. Add a can of black beans would along with the corn for more goodness.

just finished Chicken Tortilla Soup in the soup bowl

Approximate Weight Watcher Points (naturally Low Carb)

  • 3 points for a bowl without additional cheese and chips
  • 2 points for 6 tortilla chips
  • 4 points for 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 1 points for 2 tbls avocado 

Crockpot or Instant Pot Methods

Instead of making this soup on top of your stove, make it in a crockpot like this one…just add everything except the corn and the cheese. Cook on low for two to three hours then add in the corn and cheese and cook for another hour on low.

Cooking it in an Instant Pot (mine has a slow cooker setting…2 appliances in 1) is a super fast way to cook this yummy soup. Use the saute setting for the veggies, follow the remaining recipe instructions keeping the Instant Pot setting on saute but turning it down to low. Soooo Easy!!

over head close up of served chicken tortilla soup in a white bowl

SERVING OPTIONS

Serve with avocados, tortilla chips, corn tortillas (pan fried), sour cream, salsa, extra cheese, cotija cheese, black beans, jalapenos, or mexican rice.

A fresh green salad would round out this meal in no time at all. These easy, crispy, crunchy Air Fryer Beef Burritos would make this meal a weekly request… Mini Mexirolls would be perfect for little hands and would super easy in this Instant Air Fryer as well!

close up of side view of a spoon in Chicken tortilla soup

MORE DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY DINNER IDEAS

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Simply the Best Chicken Tortilla Soup. Easy, savory, spicy comfort food at it's best!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken tortilla soup, mexican tortilla soup, soup, southwest soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped, minced
  • 1 large jalapeno chopped, deseeded
  • 1 tbsp chili powder, heaping
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon Roasted Garlic
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & peppers
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 4 oz Processed Queso Cheese I used Velveeta
  • shredded rotisserie chicken
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips or corn tortillas

Optional and Add-on Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • sliced avacados
  • grated cheese
  • lime juice

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – Chop up the onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  • STEP TWO – Saute the cut up veggies in 1 tsp of oil until soft.
  • STEP THREE – Add chili powder, cumin, and lemon pepper to veggies and stir to coat the veggies. Stir in roasted garlic bouillon. Note: if you can't find garlic bouillon then substitute with chicken bouillon.
  • STEP FOUR – Pour chicken broth, tomato soup, and drained canned diced tomatoes and chilis. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • STEP FIVE – Add shredded rotisserie chicken, Queso cheese, and canned corn. Note: use regular Velveeta if you can't find the queso type or substitute any easy melting cheese for Velveeta
  • STEP SIX – let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Note: make sure cheese does not settle on the bottom of the pan while cooking.
  • STEP SEVEN – Ladle into bowls and serve with sliced avocados, grated cheese, cotija cheese, a squeeze of lime, extra hot sauce or hot salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, or pan-fried corn tortillas.

Notes

Optional Cooking Methods
Instead of making this soup on top of your stove, make it in a crockpot like this one…just add everything except the corn and the cheese. Cook on low for two to three hours then add in the corn and cheese and cook for another hour on low.
Cooking it in an Instant Pot (mine has a slow cooker setting…2 appliances in 1) is a super fast way to cook this yummy soup. Use the saute setting for the veggies, follow the remaining recipe instructions keeping the Instant Pot setting on saute but turning it down to low. Soooo Easy!!
Naturally low carb and Weight Watcher Friendly
3 points for a bowl without additional cheese and chips
2 pts. for 6 tortilla chips
4 pts. for 1/4 cup grated cheese
1 pt. for 2 tbls avocado 
pinterest pin for chicken tortilla soup
Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels are seriously delicious. These addictive, crunchy little nibbles are full of subtle, zesty Italian flavor with a little hint of spicy zing.

Make a big batch of these yummy Italian Pretzels and serve them like popcorn. Make them the spicy part of your gift baskets at holiday time, or hide them in the pantry and have them all to yourself.

overhead zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels in a silver serving bowl with feisty cheddar mini crackers

PRETZEL SNACK SERVING OPTIONS

This seasoned pretzel recipe is a fast, easy do-ahead snack that can take the place of croutons for soups and salads. Try mixing with other easy, do-ahead snacks like these Simple Everything Snack Crackers or Spicy Feisty Cheddar Snacks.

Always have these on hand around holiday time for last-minute snacking joy or include them in friend’s holiday gifts.

ingredients for Italian zesy mini pretzels with labels

EASY BUDGET FRIENDLY INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz unsalted mini pretzels
  • Italian Salad Dressing Mix, 2 packages
  • red chili pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • dried oregano
  • canola, vegetable, or olive oil
mixing instructions pictures for zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels

QUICK HOW TO STEPS

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings and oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place pretzels in a mixing bowl and pour mixed seasonings over pretzels, gently stir
  • STEP THREE – transfer pretzels to a gallon-sized plastic bag and gently turn/flip every hour or so
marinated mini pretzels in a zip lock bag
  • STEP FOUR – “marinate” the Italian pretzels overnight
  • STEP SIX – after “marinate” time is over, place on a sheet pan with a cut-up brown paper bag liner
  • STEP SEVEN – “airdry” mini pretzels for at least an hour, if paper is oil saturated then replace with other half of the bag
  • STEP EIGHT – Cook for 30 minutes at 275° gently stirring crackers after 10 minutes and then again at 20 minutes – ENJOY!!

MINI PRETZEL VARIATIONS

There are so many delicious spice variations that would be fun to try. Below are a few on my list:

overhead close up picture of spicy everything snack crackers

PRETZEL SUBSTITUTES

If you’re not into mini pretzels you could also use:

  • regular size saltine crackers, 4 sleeves fit perfectly in the gallon ziplock bag
  • oyster crackers
  • mini wheat crackers
  • chickpeas…these two recipes are super good Airfryer or oven methods…Crunchy Curry Chickpeas and Spicy Jalapeno Chickpeas
  • gluten-free crackers or pretzels

HELPFUL HINTS & GADGETS

Instead of baking, try air frying for a couple of minutes. All Air Fryers are different but I found 250-275 degrees for about 4 minutes was the perfect setting for an individual serving.

You can easily skip mixing these pretzels in a bowl and go directly to the plastic zip-lock gallon bag step.

Store these savory goodies in an airtight container. Before serving, gently shake the storage container before serving.

overhead zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels in a white bowl on a blue towel

MORE DELICIOUS APPETIZERS

The appetizers listed below are easy and fast to put together and super yummy, budget-friendly, and perfect for smaller gatherings!!

Spicy “Krab” wontons with Sweet Mustard Sauce…easy baked goodness!

Easy Do Everything Pinwheels with Lox…low carb and yummy!

Homemade Tomato Brushetta…easy, yummy, low carb, and healthy!

Mexirolls…Weight Watcher friendly and perfect for the Airfryer!

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Spiced Pretzels are seriously delicious. These addictive, crunchy little nibbles are full of subtle, zesty Italian flavor with a little hint of spicy zing. Great for holiday gift bags and endless snacking!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, budget friendly, holidays, snacks, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 100kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 1 bag unsalted mini pretzels 12 oz bag
  • 2 packages Italian Salad Dressing Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, vegetable, or olive oil

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings and oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place pretzels in a bowl and pour oil-seasoning over pretzels, gently stir until pretzels are evenly covered
  • STEP THREE – place pretzel/oil mixture in a gallon size zip lock bag, gently shake and flip every hour or so
  • STEP FIVE – "marinate" pretzels for at least 6 hours or overnight
  • STEP SIX – place on a sheet pan with brown paper bag sheet, let "airdry" for about 30 minutes
  • STEP SEVEN – replace brown paper liner if it becomes to oil saturated, cook for 30 minutes at 275° gently stirring crackers after 10 minutes and then again at 20 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – cool for about 10 minutes, serve them up and ENJOY!

Notes

Instead of baking them in the oven try using your Air Fryer for a single-serve portion!!! Fill the bottom of the basket with the feisty crackers and “air fry” for 3-4 minutes at 275-300 degrees. So Good!!

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