Salty Spicy Popcorn is the best game day snack. Seasoned with chili, cumin and black pepper. You won't want to buy spicy and crunchy chips from store while you can easily make it at home on the stove. Super quick and easy to make! Way cheaper too!
Our all time favorite spicy snack to pair with cold beer is Spicy Crispy Roasted Chickpeas but it takes a bit of time. So when we want to be quicker, we always go with this spicy popcorn, trying different additions each time. This one tastes like those addictive store bought chips, so it is a winner for sure!
This salty spicy popcorn is one of the ultimate crowd-pleasing snacks you have to try. Making popcorn is not rocket science, but if you’ve never tried it yourself, you might end up with some burned corn kernels. So if you don’t have a device for it, you should do things right to have well popped corns.
How To Make Popcorn On The Stove
There are various methods of making stovetop popcorn and I’d love to share mine here. We only need four things to make popcorn from scratch: A pot with a lid, popcorn kernels, oil and salt. Sounds simple, right?
First, pick a heavy-bottomed pot so that the heat spreads evenly. Plus, don't forget the lid! You will mess it up otherwise.
Second, add oil, corn kernels and salt in the pot, all at the same time. Give them a good stir so that all the kernels are coated. Make sure you don't overload the pot with corn kernels though. Put them in a single layer. You can pop the corn kernels in batches repeating the same steps if you need a lot more popcorn.
Third, cover the pot with its lid and put it on the stove over medium high heat. Wait until you hear popping sounds. It takes a minute or so.
When you start to hear popping sounds, remove the pan from heat and gently shake back and forth. This will give all the kernels enough room to pop. Make sure you wear oven gloves or use pot-holders when doing this because the pot is really hot.
Next, put the pot back on the heat and keep the lid slightly ajar so that the popcorn doesn't steam. You will see the corn kernels continue popping for less than a minute.
Finally, remove the pot from the heat when you hear rare sounds of popping, but don’t remove the lid. Keep it ajar. Wait for about a minute until you hear no sounds. That's it! Serve it in popcorn bowls.
Popcorn Seasoning For Spicy Popcorn
We love snacking on popcorn especially at our movie nights or on game days and love to create new recipes with it. This Salty Spicy Popcorn came out of Yusuf’s love of chili. You can add as many spices or toppings as you like to create your favorite popcorn. This one is spiced with chili powder, black pepper and cumin, so this salty spicy popcorn tastes like spicy chips.
There are two methods of homemade popcorn seasoning:
- You can make all seasoning when you put the corn kernels along with the salt in the pot as mentioned above. Put the oil, kernels, spices in the pot at the same time and stir well.
- When all the kernels finish popping, drizzle oil over them, sprinkle the spices and stir well.
Well, I used to apply the second method to make spicy popcorn but one night, I tried the first method, seasoning them before they pop and saw that it was even better. The spices stick to all the popcorn much better. They become naturally colored popcorn.
As for the salt, I hate when my popcorn doesn’t have enough salt. That’s why I call this one salty. Salt is a must when making popcorn. At least for me. You can adjust the amount of salt to your taste.
This is a basic seasoning to make spicy popcorn, but you can easily create many other options. Get even more ideas from Sarah's Easy Homemade Popcorn Seasoning post on her lovely blog.
This salty spicy popcorn makes a wonderful Super Bowl snack. So make a change on your regular Super Bowl treats and try this super easy popcorn. It goes perfect with cold beer, so make sure you have enough of these. Just sayin’.
If you are planning to have your friends for dinner on the game day, you can definitely please them with Simple Roasted Chicken Pieces, which is not the quickest but the easiest chicken recipe. Then you can continue the night with this Salty Spicy Popcorn.
Oh and if you are after a sweet popcorn recipe, you have to check out our Sprinkles Chocolate Popcorn!
If you have an instant pot and want to make your popcorn using it, check out Lisa's method Instant Pot Popcorn.
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Salty Spicy Popcorn
Homemade stovetop popcorn seasoned with chili powder and cumin.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 3 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- ½ cup popcorn kernels, divided
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Put 1 tablespoon olive oil, kernels and salt into a large pan. Make sure the kernels are in a single layer.
- Cover the pot and heat it over medium high heat. Wait about 30 seconds until you hear popping sounds. Take it from heat and shake the pan moving it back and forth. Put it back on the heat with its lid slightly ajar. Repeat this two or three times in a minute.
- When the popping slows down, remove the pot from the heat and wait until you hear no sound, about a minute. Make sure the pot is still ajar.
- When there is no popping at all, remove the lid. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over it, sprinkle cumin, chili powder and black pepper. Stir with a spoon well until all kernels are coated.
- Repeat for the remaining kernels.
Note: As an alternative seasoning method, you can sprinkle all the spices on the corn kernels when you put them in the pot along with the oil. Give them a good stir with a spoon and then pop.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 81
- Sugar: 1.2 g
- Sodium: 1204.7 mg
- Fat: 7.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
- Protein: 0.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: spicy popcorn, spiced popcorn
This was delicious
I didn’t measure but yk
It was good
At what point do you add the pepper??? as you don't mention it in the instructions?!
Zerrin & Yusuf says
Thank you Steve for asking this. Add it along with cumin and chili powder. Correcting the recipe now!
Hi! So, are we only cooking 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels? I'm not sure what 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, divided means.
It was last minute when I decided to season my popcorn and found this recipe. Instead of chilli powder I substituted hot paprika. It worked for me, as I did not want it too spicy. Thanks for sharing!
Zerrin & Yusuf says
Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Hot paprika sounds brilliant! Thanks for your feedback 🙂
Max Mooney says
Seasoning tips are very good
This sounds amazing and I am going to try it. Question: Why is the 1/2 cup popcorn 'divided'? Does it mean it is too much for one batch?
Hi Anna! Thanks for asking this. Yes, exactly because it is too much for one batch.
My teen son had a craving for spicy chips, so I found and made this recipe for him and we both loved it! It tuned out perfect. My new go-to snack! Thanks for the recipe.
Sofie Amalie says
I'm really glad I found this recipe. It has been the base for alot of other spicy popcorn I have made in relation to the quantities and spice. I also add garlic powder and smoked paprika, bit I also think curry would be good with the cumin.
One question though: how would it go for these to be stored?
Thank you Sofie! Adding garlic powder and curry is brilliant! Not sure what you are exactly asking. Is it about storing this spicy popcorn? If yes, don't add any spices before storing. Even the salt. Otherwise, it will cause moisture and the popcorn loses crispiness. Other than that, store it in an airtight container when it completely cools down.
Last night I almost bought some spicy chips. Then I remembered I had some popcorn at home. I found and followed this recipe and was not disappointed. It was kind of addicting. The only change I made was I added some cayenne also, to kick up the spicinesss. The chips at the store cost $3.79. This recipe cost maybe 35 or 40 cents, if that.
Thanks for sharing.
Hi Timmi! I'm so glad to hear that you found the recipe right before you were about to buy some chips. Adding cayenne is a great idea! Need to try it next time.
I assume you also add salt?
yep it already says to add it.