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Spicy Popcorn – a Secret Recipe Club Snack

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This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was given the blog Cooking on the Ranch, written by Lee Ann Brown. This is the first month since I have been a part of the SRC that I had a difficult time deciding on what to fix. There were so many recipes I wanted to try — like this one for Lemon Chicken Thighs. I finally decided on her Spicy Popcorn recipe since I was in the mood for some movie watching.

Spicy Popcorn

I love how delicious this popcorn turned out. This recipe almost resembles the snack I had when I went to visit the Nestle Test Kitchen last year. I think the only difference is they added Parmesean cheese, which I will do next time to see how it tastes with that.

Spicy Popcorn

Spicy Popcorn


  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/2 cup of popping corn
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. chili powder, any flavor will do
  • 1/2 t. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt for seasoning


  1. Place your oil in a pan on the stove on high. Add your corn kernels and cover with a lid to cook the corn.
  2. Once the corn has popped all the way, place in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, cover with a plate and gently shake. Add 1 T. melted butter, cover again and gently shake. Pour in spicy mix from above and cover and shake again.

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This recipe is great for a quick snack or to bump up the flavor of your boring plain popcorn.

What about you? Do you have a special recipe for popcorn? I would love to hear.


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Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

Great choice for SRC! And thanks for reminding me about this popcorn recipe. Had kinda forgotten about it and how good it is. Nice cooking with you.

Rachel Cotterill

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

I had some spicy popcorn quite like this at a restaurant last week - I haven't tried making it myself but this looks lovely :)


Monday 14th of April 2014

Mmmmmm, spicy popcorn! Sounds great! I bet Parmesan would be a fantastic addition. :)


Monday 14th of April 2014

Mmmmm. I love popcorn.


Monday 14th of April 2014

I always add some spice to my popcorn, I need to try your flavor combination next time.

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