Nacho Popcorn

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 10 cups

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You’re only 5 ingredients away from this perfect game day or movie night snack! All the nacho flavor you love in a much healthier snack with no weird ingredients.

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So this is my first popcorn recipe here on The Recipe Rebel.

Apparently I don’t really post a lot of snack recipes. Mostly because dinner = essential, and dessert = essential, but snacks? If I’m not snacking on dessert, I’m snacking on baking, or if I’m having a particularly good day I’m snacking on fresh fruit or a smoothie (a bad day? Bring on the emergency chocolate).

close up image of nacho popcorn in grey bowl with popcorn scattered in the background

But I saw this recipe in the Taste of Home Celebrations cookbook and was immediately intrigued. I’ve made a few “no-nacho nacho flavored” recipes (like this Nacho Potato Soup and these Nacho Scalloped Potatoes — a couple of my favorites!), and I was curious to see how this popcorn stacked up.

I don’t actually even make a lot of popcorn. It used to be one of my favorite healthy things to snack on in the evenings, but with the kids being so small I think most evenings I’m just scared of starting up the air popper too soon and alerting the 3 year old.

But popcorn is such a great snack for the kids, too, especially if you can keep the processed junk off of it (not that I don’t eat any processed junk, but I think it’s for the best if we can at least limit it!).

The only thing I changed with the recipe from Taste of Home is that I left off the red chili flakes. We’re not really brave when it comes to spicy foods, the 3 year old in particular. It would be super easy to add some chili flakes or cayenne if you’re going for the spicy nacho effect!

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Nacho Popcorn

5 from 2 votes
You’re only 5 ingredients away from this perfect game day or movie night snack! All the nacho flavor you love in a much healthier snack with no weird ingredients.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Servings 10 cups
Calories 93cal


  • 10 cups popped popcorn about 1/3-½ cups kernels
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup butter melted


  • Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Combine paprika, cumin and parmesan in a small bowl.
  • Pour melted butter over popcorn, and sprinkle with spice mixture. Toss with hands until all pieces are evenly coated.


Spice things up!
Add some cayenne or red chili flakes to bring the heat.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 93cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Rachael says

    This is SOOOOO good!! It really has a perfect nacho flavor and was simple to make! I will definitely make this again, yummy!!

  2. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    This is the perfect snack for game day or movie night!! My husband and four year old LOVE popcorn and would polish off this batch in no time! Such a great flavor!

  3. Izzy says

    Snacks are definitely essential!! Haha! Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks because I feel like it is pretty healthy so I always eat so much of it! I happen to love nachos and I bet this tastes so good!!

  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    I’m kind of a snacker, but more like a large-snack-as-meal-er. 😉 I have popcorn about twice a week for dinner (<– never said I was healthy!) Loving this nacho flavor! Totally pop-tastic and I can't wait to add it to my rotation! Pinned! Cheers, girlie!

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! Popcorn is the perfect snack for me (well, I am also fond of pretzels). I recently won a gift card from King Arthur Flour at “Kevin Is Cooking” and one of the items I purchased was Vermont Cheese Powder – contents only dried Vermont Cheddar cheese. I have an air popper “somewhere”, but I usually microwave popcorn in a small paper bag. This is definitely a taste teaser! 🙂

  6. Annie says

    When I was a kid every Sunday night we watched a movie and got to eat snack food for dinner. It was such a great tradition! Popcorn was always always part of the mix! I might need to bring back the tradition and make this popcorn!

    • Rebecca says

      We do this, too! And popcorn is always in the mix along with something sweet like brownies or cookies. It saves this momma from having to cook a full meal and we get to enjoy it along with a movie of some kind. I am definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Oh this popcorn sounds delicious! I don’t make it too often either, but I do love unique flavors. This definitely looks like the perfect snack to munch on! P.S. Is your bowl from Target? I have the same one! 🙂

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