Jalapeno Popcorn

Buttery, salty, and spicy Jalapeno Popcorn is a crispy snack with a kick that you can easily make at home, in about 10 minutes on the stove!

Fresh jalapenos are the star of this recipe, diced finely so that you can have a fresh pop of flavor in every delicious handful.

a large bowl of popcorn seasoned with chili powder and jalapenos

Why This Jalapeno Popcorn Recipe is So Good

  • You’re going to love the natural heat! Spicy hot snacks like Takis and hot Cheetos are all the rage right now, but you don’t need to buy packaged snacks with food dyes and weird chemicals to get that same spicy flavor! Natural ingredients like chili powder and fresh peppers do the trick.
  • And it’s really easy and quick to make popcorn from scratch. I have always been a huge fan of popcorn, and I almost exclusively pop it myself, in a big pot on the stove. It takes about 10 minutes, and it’s well worth the time!
  • Not only does popcorn taste better when you make it at home, but it’s also less expensive too. I buy this container of popcorn on Amazon and it comes out to less than 70 cents per batch.

Tips and Tricks for Making Spicy Jalapeno Popcorn

  • Wear gloves when cutting jalapeno peppers, and be sure not to touch your eyes while you’re doing it! The oil from hot peppers will burn your eyes and any sensitive skin.
  • This popcorn is best when you use freshly popped popcorn, but you can also make it with microwave popcorn if you like. Simply drizzle the popped corn with a small amount of butter, then toss with the chili powder and diced peppers.
  • The instructions in the recipe card below will show you how to make popcorn on the stove, but you can also pop your popcorn in an air popper, and electric popcorn machine, or a microwave popper. The real magic is in the seasonings we’re adding.
  • Instead of butter, use extra virgin olive oil or popcorn oil.
  • Eat this popcorn right away after making it. It won’t store well.
  • As you eat jalapeno popcorn, the pieces of peppers will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Be sure to reach all the way down to grab a handful!
a hand grabbing a handful of jalapeno popcorn from a large bowl.

More Easy Snack Recipes

If you like this spicy popcorn recipe, you should try this Buffalo Flavored Popcorn next!

If you make this recipe, I’d love for you to give it a quick review & star rating ★ below. Your comment and/or rating helps other readers!

a large bowl of popcorn seasoned with chili powder and jalapenos

Jalapeno Popcorn

Yield: 12 cups popped popcorn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Buttery, salty, and spicy Jalapeno Popcorn is a crispy snack with a kick that you can easily make at home, in about 10 minutes on the stove!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable/canola oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 jalapeño finely diced
  • 1 ½ tsp mild chili powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot with a lid on a medium setting. Add the popcorn kernels and cover.a large pot with oil and unpopped popcorn kernels in it.
  2. Once the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot back and forth until the popping subsides. This should take just a few minutes.a pot holding freshly popped popcorn.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Pour over the melted butter and sprinkle over the chili powder, jalapeño and some salt to taste. Mix well to coat the popcorn.popcorn in a pot, coated with chili powder and butter, stirred with a wooden spoon.

Notes

  • Wear gloves when cutting jalapeno peppers, and be sure not to touch your eyes while you're doing it!
  • This popcorn is best when you use freshly popped popcorn, but you can also make it with microwave popcorn if you like. Simply drizzle the popped corn with a small amount of butter, then toss with the chili powder and diced peppers.
  • You can also pop your popcorn in an air popper, a microwave popper, or however you prefer to do it! The real magic is in the seasonings we're adding.
  • Instead of butter, use extra virgin olive oil or popcorn oil.
  • Eat this popcorn right away after making it. It won't store well.
  • As you eat jalapeno popcorn, the pieces of peppers will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Be sure to reach all the way down to grab a handful!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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