Alabama Fire Crackers

Looking for a fun new snack idea? These Alabama Fire Crackers are easy to mix up and full of flavor. A little bit spicy, a lot savory, they’re the real deal.

Alabama Fire Crackers

Any of you with teenage boys, really boys of any age, will understand it when I say that my kids are always hungry.


Alabama Fire Crackers

If you didn’t know better, their appetites would give you the impression that they hadn’t seen a good meal in who knows how long.

Anytime, day or night, they’re ready for a meal or two.

Alabama Fire Crackers

To their great dismay, in between regular meals they have to settle for a snack.

Have you been to the grocery stores lately? Snacks are seriously expensive and prices seem to climb higher every week. In an effort to keep my food costs down, and also to keep my four hungry monsters at bay, I try to find affordable alternatives I can make myself.

Spicy Ranch Seasoned Saltine Crackers

I had stumbled onto this recipe on allrecipes and it looked incredibly easy, yet bursting with flavor, so I knew I had to give it a go.

I struck gold! Not only did my boys love it, my husband also heartily approved. It’s since become a regularly recurring snack selection and a game day and party request.

Alabama Fire Crackers

This Alabama Fire Crackers recipe is a crowd-pleaser.

For my guys, because they’re full again. For me, because they’re full and that didn’t require hours spent in the kitchen, a hole in my wallet, or leave me utterly exhausted. It’s literally the perfect snack.

Alabama Fire Crackers

I can whip up a batch before I got to bed, and know I don’t have to worry about anything and it’s ready when they come home.

So a few notes about this recipe before we get started:

Do use the canola oil. You can sub vegetable oil, if that’s a sticking point, but don’t sub olive oil. Olive oil won’t absorb nearly as well. While these crackers can be a bit ‘greasy’, with olive oil they will just be gross- it won’t absorb nearly as well. And yes, you want the oil bit because it absorbs into the saltines and gives them a delicious texture of crisp, yet still smooth & crumbly. 

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

These crackers are super easy, and extra yummy, but- as hinted at in the title, they are kinda spicy. You can easily nix the spice by ignoring the red pepper flakes, which will leave you with an equally delicious snack cracker.

Alabama Fire Crackers

Other Snack Ideas You Might Also Enjoy: Roast Beef & Dijon Cream Cheese Snack Crackers, Blueberry Cheesecake Snack Cracker Bites, Nonna’s Homemade Broccoli Hummus Dip, & Cherry Berry Fruit Salad.


Alabama Fire Crackers

4.42 from 12 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 box of saltine crackers 16 oz
  • 1 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 packets ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Add oil, ranch, red pepper, garlic, onion, and black pepper. Seal bag.
  • Using your hands mix ingredients around together until evenly combined.
  • Add crackers to the bag. Seal again.
  • Turn the bag over several times to coat crackers with the spice mix.
  • Lay the bag flat and let it sit for about an hour
  • Turn the bag over, repeating several times until the crackers are thoroughly coated with the spice mix.
  • Allow the bag to sit overnight.
  • Remove the crackers from the bag and serve.

Pictures Updated 7/26/2018

4 Sons 'R' Us: Alabama Fire-Crackers

26 thoughts on “Alabama Fire Crackers

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    1. I just stick mine back in the same bag they were seasoned in usually, but that’s me being too lazy to dirty a dish. Otherwise, sealed in tupperware. They should keep up to 3 days.

  3. Is that correct, actually 1 and 2/3 cups oil? That seems like a ton of oil for that amount of crackers. They must be soaked in oil, is that a healthy snack?

    1. The amount of oil listed in the recipe is correct. No, I wouldn’t label this as a ‘healthy’ snack, but it is a yummy one- great for indulging on special occasions & game days!

  4. I just finished making these (for the fourth time)! This has definitely become my favorite snack! So addicting, so good. I cut the red pepper flakes back a bit but otherwise follow the recipe precisely. Awesome.

    1. Thanks for the review, Tina- so glad you love them. We do too, and I especially love that they’re easy to make at the last minute πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! They do not get soggy, but it does make them more pliable so they don’t just break all apart when you bite into one. You can totally sub olive oil if that’s what you’d prefer πŸ™‚

    1. I try! With kids, I can’t always guarantee it, but I try to keep my reader’s happy and love offering a helping hand.

  5. These are my go-to snacks when I want something savory! I have been making them for YEARS. A few pro-tips that will have you snacking on them in about 2 hours, instead of the next day: you CAN use just one cup of oil, and have it work just fine. Use a 2 1/2 gallon ziplock bag for mixing. Once you mix your oil and spices, let the flavors infuse the oil for about half an hour, stirring up the bits from the bottom a few times while you wait. Pour the oil over the crackers in the bag, and when you close it, leave plenty of air in there to shake them around in. Every 15 minutes or so, flip the bag and give it a good shake, then let it rest another 15 minutes. In two hours, from start to finish, you can happily enjoy your treat!!

  6. These are delicious!
    I was wondering if anybody has added to this, like a summer sausage or the like? Any ideas of something to eat on the cracker?

  7. I have never made these but I have some ordered from a girl raising money for a mission trip. Looking at this recipe I’m thinking I may make some (small trial batch) with Ritz crackers.

    1. I haven’t. I only use peanut oil for frying chicken. I wouldn’t suggest it though, since it does taste strongly of well peanut. Not sure that would be a good mix with the other flavors here. Olive oil, vegetable, and canola oil all work well though.

  8. Took to 4th of July picnic. They were a hit! Made exactly as directed. I would like to try with a tad less oil although they did not taste oily. They were great. Will be making again and again.

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