Friday, January 17, 2014

Spicy Popcorn

spicy popcorn

There are only a few things I love more than my multiple-night-per-week helping of popcorn – and that’s reader comments that give me amazing ideas to spice up my popcorn – literally.  This month I was featured in our local magazine in an article talking about food bloggers.  The magazine featured my Cilantro-Lime Popcorn.  I received some comments and emails after that feature and one included an idea for spicy popcorn…I immediately fell in love.  And since I haven’t shared a new popcorn recipe in a while, I tried it out ASAP!

When it really comes down to it, I am a butter-and-salt kind of girl but every now and then, a little spicy is right up my alley.  I’ve been fighting a sinus infection and what better way to clear out your sinus passages than some spicy popcorn!

Spicy Popcorn

I was thinking that this might be as good a time as ever to share it too because this treat will make the perfect football food.  Everyone expects some spicy snacks for the “big game” that’s coming up and most people I know are head-over-heels for popcorn.  So put the two together and you have a sure-fire winner for your watch parties.

Or maybe you are like me and not so  concerned with football, but will eat a bowl of this stuff while watching the latest episode of Parenthood or Nashville.  Y.E.S.

Spicy Popcorn

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Spicy Popcorn

Yield: about 8 cups popped

Total Time: 10 min

My favorite snack with a hot and flavorful twist - Spicy Popcorn - popped in chili oil and spiced with cumin and cayenne pepper.


1 Tbs. chili oil
2 tsp. grapeseed oil
1/2 cup popping corn
3 Tbs. butter (more as desired)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin


Heat one the chili oil and grapeseed oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

Add a few popcorn kernels and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add the popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down.

While the kernals pop, melt the butter and then stir in the salt, garlic powder, paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix well. Remove the popped popcorn from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Slowly drizzle the butter/spice mixture onto the popcorn, shaking to distribute.

Serve with water. 🙂

Spicy Popcorn


21 Responses to “Spicy Popcorn”

  1. #
    Rachel Cooks — January 17, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    I’m completely a butter and salt girl too but it is fun to mix it up occasionally. This looks awesome! PS: Wasn’t Nashville slow this week?

  2. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 17, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    I have been limiting my popcorn post-baby to kick this weight but I am pretty sure I will be bringing it back soon with these spices!! Yum!!

  3. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 17, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    I’ve got some sinus issues going on right now too…guess I better get to poppin’! I’ll gladly eat popcorn to cure a head cold 🙂

  4. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 17, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    Perfect Cassie, now all I need is a beer and a good movie 🙂

  5. #
    Amanda — January 17, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    Congrats for that awesome feature!!! Gonna have to try this popcorn! 🙂

  6. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — January 17, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I love adding different flavors to my popcorn – this version sounds delicious! I’m totally craving popcorn now!

  7. #
    Deborah — January 17, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    I love this!! No one else in my family cares for spicy, but I’d happily make this and eat it all myself!

  8. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — January 17, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    Chili oil?! That’s brilliant.

  9. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 17, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Ahhhh I have to get caught up on Parenthood. I’m about 3 episodes behind and I know bad things are happening but I keep closing my ears and saying LALLAALALAA I don’t hear you!! Maybe perhaps I will comfort myself with this popcorn.

  10. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — January 17, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    I’ve never made a spicy popcorn, only sweet. I bet my boys would love this. They seem to love everything spicy!

  11. #
    Joanne — January 17, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

    Parenthood is driving me up a WALL right now. I might have eaten a whole bowl of white cheddar/caramel mix popcorn while watching it. But now I wish I had been eating this.

  12. #
    Tieghan Gerard — January 17, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    Congrats on the feature! Hoe fun!

    Love the spicy popcorn! Chili sound so good!

  13. #
    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — January 19, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    This is going to be our snack for Downton Abbey tonight!

  14. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 19, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Annnnd this is why I heart you! Spice + Popcorn = My Jam.


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