Spicy Popcorn


Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks.  In fact we have a movie theater popcorn machine in our basement.  It doesn’t get used all that often, but we still have it.  So it is kind of surprising that I only have one other popcorn recipe on this blog.  I am partial to just plain butter popcorn, but my husband likes to switch it up.  I think his favorite is cheese flavored, but he also likes just about anything with some heat.

I actually made this popcorn awhile ago.  We needed snacks for a road trip, and I thought popcorn would be fun and different.  I made this in probably 5 minutes, at most.  The spice mixture makes way more than you need.  Store in a plastic container, and you can have this popcorn any night of the week.  Just shake on a bag of microwave popcorn and you are done.

I think flavored popcorn would be fun to have out for a party.  It isn’t expected, which is always great.  Especially if you had fun containers to serve it in :)  I got these at the Target dollar spot, so they aren’t pricey.  You can adjust the heat level, by adding more or less of the seasoning to your popcorn.  Or just set out a shaker with the seasoning, and let your guests make their own bag.

Yields 4

A quick and easy spicy snack

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 cups popcorn, popped
  • 2 Tbls butter, melted


  1. In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. Mix well. Set Aside.
  2. Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Toss with the melted butter. Slowly sprinkle 1 tsp of seasoning mixture over the popcorn, tossing to coat. Taste, and add more if desired.


You can use a bag of microwave popcorn. Reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp, and reduce the butter to 1 Tbls. Adapted from Rachael Ray




  1. My husband loves popcorn and would adore this recipe. I’ll be giving it a try this weekend. Yum!

  2. I wish I had some of this for breakfast!!

  3. Oh my goodness. I will be so glad when I can eat popcorn again! This recipe sounds delicious, but it will have to wait til I get my braces off :) Saving it for later though :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love popcorn! This is great, Erin!

  5. I love a little spice with my popcorn!

  6. Popcorn is definitely one of my favorite snacks as well! Actually, sometimes it makes a meal, but it’s delicious all the same! I love different flavors of popcorn. Spicy sounds super delicious.

  7. Love popcorn! I haven;t had it in so long! I can’t wait to try your version!!

  8. Yum, popcorn is one of my favorite snacks too and I like it anyway I can eat it. The spices sound really good Erin.

  9. I always forget about popcorn for an easy snack-this recipe looks delicious;-)

  10. What a great snack – this would be perfect to have out for New Year’s Eve! I usually eat my popcorn plain too but fun to branch out sometimes.

  11. I’m the sweet eater but hubby is the spicy guy. He’s gonna love this popcorn, can’t wait to make it for him this weekend!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I haven’t had savory popcorn in ages and now it’s all I’m craving, Erin:)

  13. Love a flavored popcorn and your spicy version sounds delish! I just made truffle and parmesan popcorn for a party I threw on Thursday! Happy New Year!

  14. I love popcorn as well, and this spiced up version would make a great change of pace :)

  15. Wish I could eat popcorn because I love the stuff (who doesn’t???). Especially all spicy like this!

  16. I’d love to learn how to pop my own popcorn (and not use the pre-bagged popcorn). Would you know how to do that? I wonder if I can do it in a Le Creuset Dutch oven? Anyway, this spice powder is just what I want in my popcorn. Such a simple but good idea!

    • Super simple Jen! Use your dutch oven, 2 Tbls of any oil you want, and then 1/3 cup popcorn seeds. Heat oil over Medium to Med-High. Put in 3 kernels right away, cover, shake every once in awhile. Once it starts to pop, add the rest of the kernels, cover with the lid ajar to let steam out. Shake to coat the seeds in oil, remove from heat once the popping slows, and you are done!

  17. Thanks, Erin! Will try this!

  18. I don’t even bother to eat popcorn when it’s plain but I’d dig right into these!

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