Nacho Popcorn

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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.

grey bowl full of popcorn with homemade nacho seasoning on a dark background

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).

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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 8 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 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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!!

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