Jalapeno, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese Popcorn Recipe

Updated on January 26, 2018

A Scrumptious & Spicy Vegetarian Snack For The Grown Ups!

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 stove top. No microwave popcorn for this girl, and well, hot air popcorn is just a little bleh 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.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 4 people - 2 cups each


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, (I prefer Orville Redenbacher's; no kernels are left unpopped!)
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp 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.
3.2 stars from 10 ratings of Jalapeno, Garlic And Parmasen Cheese Popcorn

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson


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      Rock Artist 3 years ago

      Definitely going to try this! Thanks

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      heywheresperry 3 years ago

      Great recipie, I'll definitely try this :)

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      Kay 3 years ago

      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!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      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...

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Looks yummy!

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      trezzhame 3 years ago

      Love this. Looks pretty good. Will try this soon

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

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

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      JuliaJaf 3 years ago

      Will try) thanks)

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

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

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      sirteacup 3 years ago

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

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      marley101 lm 3 years ago

      Wow Sounds like a must try :D

      Thanks for share the recipe

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      Avajas216 3 years ago

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

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

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

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      Genesis Davies 3 years ago from Guatemala

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

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      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.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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


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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

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

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      fullofshoes 3 years ago

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

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

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

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      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!

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      Art Inspired 3 years ago

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      @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.

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      My hubby is gonna love this!

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      Leila 3 years ago from Belgium

      Hmmmmm!!! Makes me drool!!!

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      VanessaPrieto 3 years ago

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

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      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?

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

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

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      Vickie Moses 3 years ago

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

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      OOOH!!! This is my kind of popcorn!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      This sounds devilishly good. Yum. Thanks.

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      JennAshton 4 years ago

      Oh-My-Gosh making that right now!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Hot Hot Hot

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

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

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

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