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Jalapeno, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese Popcorn Recipe

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jalapeno, garlic, and parmesan cheese popcorn

jalapeno, garlic, and parmesan cheese popcorn

A Scrumptious and Spicy Vegetarian Snack for Adults!

Tired of the same old plain butter popcorn movie night after movie night? Spice things up this weekend and serve a big bowl of jalapeno, garlic, and parmesan cheese popcorn instead.

I love the old-fashioned taste of popcorn popped in a little oil directly on the stovetop. No microwave popcorn for this girl, and well, hot-air popcorn is just a little blah and boring to me! I have been dropping hints that I would love a stove-top kettle corn popper for Christmas; I have been very good this year, so I am hoping Santa will leave one under the tree for me. In the meantime, I will continue to make my popcorn in a big, heavy stainless steel pot, which works just as well.

I like to use peanut oil in this recipe because it can be heated to a very high temperature without smoking or burning, and it has a wonderful light, nutty flavor which makes the popcorn taste amazing.

If you want your popcorn extra spicy, leave the seeds inside the jalapeno pepper and add a dash of cayenne pepper. The green flesh of the jalapeno is very mild, whereas the seeds and the white membrane are what contain most of the heat.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

4 people - 2 cups each


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, (I prefer Orville Redenbacher's; no kernels are left unpopped!)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Heat peanut oil in a large pot or stove-top kettle corn popper over medium heat.
  2. Add the popcorn kernels to the pot and cover with a lid.
  3. As soon as the kernels start popping, lift and shake the pot every few seconds until all the kernels are popped. Use a pair of oven mitts for this step - your hands can get very hot standing over a burner and they also protect your hands from the hot steam that escapes out from underneath the lid.
  4. Pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl.
  5. Heat the butter, crushed garlic and diced jalapenos in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat about 1 minute, just long enough to melt the butter and to slightly soften the garlic and peppers, allowing the flavors to blend together.
  6. Drizzle the jalapeno garlic infused butter over the popcorn.
  7. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top and season with sea salt and a little cayenne pepper to your liking. Stir the popcorn really well to mix the butter, cheese and spices evenly.
  8. Dish the popcorn out into individual bowls or serve it family style in one large bowl.

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson


Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on January 03, 2015:

Very tempting recipe. Love the photo!

Rock Artist on May 31, 2014:

Definitely going to try this! Thanks

heywheresperry on May 30, 2014:

Great recipie, I'll definitely try this :)

Kay on May 28, 2014:

We love our air popper and, like the previous poster's hubby, I am a purist and like it plain. I suspect my hubby would love this though!

Johanna Eisler on May 28, 2014:

We always use the air popper, because plain, unbuttered, unsalted popcorn is my husband's favorite. (Go figure!) But this sounds so amazing, I'm all set to pop some for myself on the stovetop. Thank you for the wonderful idea! Printing the recipe right now...

MissRubyStars on May 27, 2014:

Looks delicious!

Scindhia from Chennai on May 27, 2014:

Looks yummy!

trezzhame on May 26, 2014:

Love this. Looks pretty good. Will try this soon

Stephanie from Canada on May 17, 2014:

This looks amazing! I really want to try it as soon as I get the ingredients. :)

JuliaJaf on May 16, 2014:

Will try) thanks)

RinchenChodron on May 14, 2014:

Sounds interesting and tasty. I'll have to give it a try.

sirteacup on May 14, 2014:

Wow! The photo got me salivating instantly! Can't wait to sit down with a good movie and bowl of this :-)

marley101 lm on May 08, 2014:

Wow Sounds like a must try :D

Thanks for share the recipe

Avajas216 on May 01, 2014:

Great article; I'm definitely going to try this recipe out! :-)

PaigSr from State of Confusion on April 29, 2014:

I second the not a spicy food person. But I have friends that are. Thanks it will be passed on.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on April 25, 2014:

Wow, this looks really good! I don't really like hot food, so I might not use the peppers, though. :D

burntchestnut on April 18, 2014:

I love the whirley pop popcorn popper. I've had jalapenos (canned) with popcorn before (a friend told me she ate hers that way), but your extra ingredients sound even better.

Paula Hite from Virginia on April 15, 2014:

Love the recipe! Its been featured on our G+ page today!


Dawn Romine from Nebraska on April 14, 2014:

My husband loves jalapenos I may have to give this a try.

fullofshoes on April 13, 2014:

this looks like something I would LOVE... great recipe.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on April 13, 2014:

Wow!! Way to spice it up, I can't wait to try this, Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 12, 2014:

@Corrinna-Johnson: Thanks Corrinna. I grated it on the hand-held last night, but not all of it melted, so next time I will grate it in the food processor, where I get a finer grind. Mighty tasty as it was, though!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 12, 2014:

Hello again. I just wanted to let you know that, even though I forgot to buy fresh jalapeno peppers when I went to the market last night, we enjoyed this recipe last night with the garlic butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It went over very well with my sweetheart who wants it again next week. Thank you!

Art Inspired on April 11, 2014:

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

Corrinna Johnson (author) from BC, Canada on April 10, 2014:

@ecogranny: Thank you! I usually buy my parmesan cheese already grated from the deli, but when I have a chunk, I use a rotary cheese grater.

katiesnow on April 10, 2014:

My hubby is gonna love this!

Leila from Belgium on April 10, 2014:

Hmmmmm!!! Makes me drool!!!

VanessaPrieto on April 09, 2014:

Yum! This is definitely going into my 'must try this' file!! :)

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 08, 2014:

Mmmmm. I am loving this recipe. Like you, we have a Whirley-Pop, which makes far superior popcorn, in my view. I'll buy an extra large chunk of Parmesan when I go shopping later this week, so we can try your recipe Friday night. I expect it to be a hit!

Oh, one question. How finely do you grate the Parmesan for this recipe?

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on April 05, 2014:

Wow. This looks like an amazing snack loaded with flavor. Must try!

Vickie Moses on April 03, 2014:

I love popcorn. i love garlic. I love jalapeno peppers. I am delighted, and I will try your recipe!

Jackson Thom from West of Left South Lucky on April 03, 2014:

OOOH!!! This is my kind of popcorn!

David Stone from New York City on March 07, 2014:

This sounds devilishly good. Yum. Thanks.

JennAshton on November 27, 2013:

Oh-My-Gosh making that right now!

SteveKaye on November 15, 2013:

Hot Hot Hot

David Stone from New York City on November 15, 2013:

I don't have a sweet tooth. I have a hot tooth, and this looks perfect for me. Thanks, Corrinna.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on November 15, 2013:

it sounds very good - I think I could eat this, but probably not too much of it

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