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Spicy Sourdough Chile Ranch Crackers [with Discard]

My sourdough chile ranch crackers are a sourdough take on one of the most beloved classic Southern snacks. I remember being blown away by how good “fire crackers” (as some call them) were when I was growing up. With all my sourdough starter discard that I needed to use up, I decided these would be a perfect snack to whip up. 

sourdough chile ranch crackers on a plate with a few additional crackers in a small bowl for serving.

What Makes Sourdough Ranch Chile Crackers So Good?

First of all, this recipe uses an entire cup of sourdough discard. I don’t know about you but sometimes I end up with a LOT of sourdough starter that I just can’t make enough bread with. When I need to use a lot my starter, I try to make recipes that use a lot of it. One of my favorite ways to do that is to make sourdough crackers (I have a great sourdough cheddar cracker recipe here!)

The second reason I love these crackers is that they are so flavorful. They are seasoned with ranch seasoning, a few spices, and chile flakes. Being from the Southwest, I LOVE spicy food. These crackers have a slight kick but not too much. You can also adjust how much spiciness you want to suit your preferences.  

Finally, these spicy seasoned crackers are super easy to make. You only need a few pieces of equipment and a few ingredients. This makes for easy cleanup (which I am always happy about). 


One of the great things about this recipe is you only need a few items to make these sourdough chile crackers:

  • 1 gallon ziplock bag
  • 1 large baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Sourdough Chile Ranch Fire Cracker Ingredients

sourdough discard chile ranch fire cracker ingredients.

1 batch of my homemade sourdough crackers

Olive oil

Ranch seasoning 

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Chile Flakes

How to Make Sourdough Chile Ranch Crackers

These chile ranch crackers are so easy to make:

Step 1: Add all the ingredients except the crackers to the ziplock bag. Seal it. Mix the ingredients. Add the crackers. Let marinate for 4-24 hours. 

marinating sourdough ranch chile crackers in gallon zip loc bag.

Step 2: Bake the crackers at 250F for 20 minutes. That’s it!

sourdough chile ranch crackers on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper after baking.

How to Store

Store these crackers in an airtight storage container, a gallon ziplock bag, or on a plate wrapped in plastic wrap. For best results, use within 5-7 days. 

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sourdough chile ranch crackers on a plate with a few additional crackers in a small bowl for serving.

Sourdough Chile Ranch Crackers

These spicy sourdough crackers are a take on the Southern favorite "fire crackers". These seasoned crackers are easy to make and super flavorful.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 gallon ziplock bag
  • 1 Large Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 batch of sourdough crackers
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 oz ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 tablespoon chile flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic poweder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • Combine all ingredients except the crackers to a gallon size ziplock bag.
  • Seal the bag and use your hands to gently mix the ingredients together.
  • Add the crackers to the bag and re-seal the bag.
  • Carefully use your hands to mix the crackers with the marinade until they are fully coated.
  • Allow the crackers to rest and marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Gently mix the crackers a few times while they are marinating.

When Ready to Bake

  • Preheat the oven to 250℉.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove the crackers from the bag and lay them in a single layer on the lined baking sheets. Do not dump them out because you do not want to pour out the remaining marinade onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake the crackers for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving.
Keyword Sourdough, Sourdough Discard
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