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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 and a beloved Southern tradition that can be served as a snack or an appetizer.

Alabama Fire Crackers in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth background with various spices in the background

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 in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth background with various spices in the background

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 in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth background with various spices

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 in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth

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 in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth background

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 on a black slate background with more in a white bowl in the distance

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.

Tips & Tricks To Keep In Mind

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.
  • Do Not Skip The Oil. Yes, you want the oil bit because it absorbs into the saltines and gives them a delicious texture of crisp, yet still smooth & crumbly. Without it, the crackers won’t taste like much and the seasonings will just fall right off. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
  • Increase or decrease the amount of red pepper flakes to adjust the heat to your liking. This is especially important to keep in mind if making this snack with kids in mind.

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, more mild snack cracker.

Alabama Fire Crackers in a white bowl on a white polka dotted blue cloth background

What Crackers Can I Use?

I know the recipe quite obviously calls for saltine crackers, but sometimes we all have to make due with what we have on hand.

So if you don’t have saltine style crackers, all’s not lost- you can still get your snack fix!

Try these other options instead:

  • ritz crackers
  • club crackers
  • oyster crackers
  • cheez it crackers – YES, you read that right!

Saltine’s are ideal because they’re low in sodium, and the ranch dressing mix called for is very salty.

So keep that in mind when deciding on a cracker alternative.

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Alabama Fire Crackers

Slightly spicy, these specially seasoned snack crackers are finger lickin good & easy enough for anyone to whip up. They taste better than any store bought version, without much extra effort making them a great go-to snack or appetizer.
4.12 from 118 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 34kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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Pictures Updated 7/26/2018

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  1. We use olive oil and not gross at all. Not sure how they would be different and may have to try vegetable oil but canola oil is highly inflammatory and my body just can’t handle it.

  2. 5 stars
    Love these! Anyone try to make with gluten free crackers? They don’t seem to absorb like regular crackers. Tried to bake, it helped, still not the same.

  3. 5 stars
    I always use a high quality Olive oil. Never had a problem with them being greasy, but I bake them in the oven 20 minutes at 350 after they soak in bag all night!

  4. 5 stars
    Actually I’d rate them 10+. I already made 2 batches. Now tell me how to stop eating them. 😊They are my #1 go to snack. DELICIOUS 👍

  5. 5 stars
    I made these many times before, they are excellent.

    Today however I thought I had ranch seasoning powder but when I got started I didn’t, so I went to make my own but I don’t have any buttermilk powder or Dill either I just went ahead with what I had on hand and we’ll see how it goes. Was wondering could I substitute ranch dressing for the ranch seasoning powder in the recipe and if so what amounts do you think?

  6. 5 stars
    well, I just made a batch, I have made several since I first posted a reply 5 years ago. LOL I am known to love these so much that the teach I work for made me a batch for my birthday. 😂😂