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Homemade Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn

This Homemade Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn is a fast and easy snack recipe. Fresh popcorn is seasoned with smoky and spicy chipotle chile pepper powder and cheddar cheese powder. Vegetarian and gluten free snack recipe, ready in 10 minutes. #homemadepopcorn #cheesepopcorn
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 77kcal



  • Cook the popcorn as per package directions, or as follows: Add the oil to a large, 3 quart or larger pot over medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and cover, with the lid ajar.
  • Shake the pot back and forth every few minutes. Remove from the heat when the popping has slowed and most kernels are popped, approximately 7 minutes. Set aside.
  • While the popcorn is popping, make the chipotle cheddar seasoning by combining the cheese powder, chile powder, and salt in a small bowl. Mix to combine and adjust flavor to taste.
  • When ready to serve, lightly drizzle the popcorn with approximately 1 teaspoon of oil. Just enough to wet the popcorn without it getting greasy or soggy. Stir to coat. Immediately sprinkle the seasoning on the popcorn and stir again to coat. Serve immediately.


It is best to use a neutral oil with no flavor like vegetable or canola oil.
Make a large batch of the seasoning to have on hand!
Reduce the chipotle chile powder by half for a mild heat.  The exact spicyness will vary with the exact chile powder you use, so taste and adjust as needed for preference.
Get chipotle chile powder here!  You can also use regular chile powder, but it will not have the smoky flavor.
Get popcorn kernels here!
Get powdered cheddar here!  You can also use nutritional yeast which has a cheesy flavor, however you may need to use more or less to get the desired flavor.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Iron: 1mg