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.
4.06 from 79 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

Pictures Updated 7/26/2018

44 thoughts on “Alabama Fire Crackers

    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.

  1. 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!

  2. 5 stars
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

  3. 5 stars
    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!!

  4. 5 stars
    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?

  5. I have never made these but I have some ordered from a girl raising money for a mission trip. Looking at this recipe Iโ€™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.

    2. I made these from a recipe that did call for 2 cups of olive oil. they came out absolutely perfect however the last step was to put them in a preheated 250 degree oven for 15 minutes. Spread out on a cookie sheet, which I did and kind of tossed a little halfway through. they were absolutely magnificent! I served them with pimento cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ however next time I am going to try cutting back on the oil to see if it comes out as good, especially when I read five crackers has 180 calories yikes!

  6. 5 stars
    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.

  7. My family loves these. We’ve been eating them for years. We also make ours ร  little differant and make ร  dip for them every once in ร  while. 16oz. Sour cream
    1 package dry ranch
    Bacon bits
    1 1/2 cups shredded cheedar cheese . I just sprinkle bacon bits til looks like plenty.

    1. I’d love to hear your variation on the cracker recipe, Kelli. Ha! We make the same dip (cheddar bacon ranch dip), but using real crisp crumbled bacon bits. The recipes on the site too ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how great minds think a like in the kitchen!

    1. I haven’t tried it with any other spices, but I would probably omit the ranch and use extra garlic and onion powder. You could also try subbing some tomato powder for a Dorito-like taste.

  8. 4 stars
    So many ways to spice up these crackers and using different types of crackers. No one mentioned Ritz Crackers for that buttery taste. Even using a bit of chili powder, or a bit of dried finely chopped Cilantro !! What amazes me is the amount of Olive Oil, or another oil, people use. i.e. a 1/2 cup to 2 cups. Also, the use on 1 gallon ziplock bags to 2 1/2 gallon bags!! That’s quite a difference in both using 4 sleeves of crackers. I do think for a crispy texture, I’d stick with putting the crackers on a big cookie sheet and bake a just under 200* for 15 or so minutes. Whatever way you choose, ENJOY. I’ll be experimenting with my first batch soon.

  9. 5 stars
    I took these to work for a Christmas party. I used smoky garlic power and roasted onion powder and served them with a Creamcheese/bacon/cheddar cheese ball. It was a huge hit!

  10. 5 stars
    Very similar to something I make with oyster crackers I warm the oil coat the oyster crackers in the pan then into my spice bag for a toss or two then out to dry a bit, back in for the night if not needed rt away.

  11. 5 stars
    Have made these several times to share at work and family gatherings, always a hit, so simple, so good, thankyou. Ed, Ontario Canada

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