three bowls filled with nacho cheese popcorn

This Is Nacho Regular Nacho Cheese Popcorn

Looking for a new savory snack to make? Try this easy nacho cheese popcorn recipe!

Have surprise guests over and scrambling to serve something amazing? You could pop them a batch of Oh Sooo Buttery Popcorn, but if you’re fresh out, your next best option is to make them this nacho cheese popcorn. 

It’s savory, zesty, and — surprise — vegan! Plus with help from your Popper, you can prepare it in minutes. 

Check it out:

Nacho Cheese Popcorn Ingredients

  • ½ cup kernels 
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

How to Make Nacho Cheese Popcorn

Step 1: Make Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning

In a small bowl, mix nutritional yeast, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and salt together. Set aside for later.

GOOD TO KNOW: Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy flavor, tasting quite similar to parmesan. That’s why it’s a popular vegan alternative to cheese.

Step 2: Heat

Set your stove to medium heat and let your Popper preheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add Oil

Pour oil into the Popper.

Step 4: Add Kernels

kernels in a stovetop popcorn popper

Throw 2 to 3 kernels into the Popper, then add in the rest when the first one pops.

Step 5: Pop 

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Cover the Popper and turn the crank clockwise while the kernels pop. This keeps them from sticking to one place and burning.

Step 6: Remove

When popping slows, take the Popper off the heat and remove the lid. 

Step 7: Combine

Sprinkle the nacho cheese popcorn seasoning over the popcorn, cover the Popper, and give it a few more cranks or shakes to distribute the seasoning.

Step 8: Serve

closeup of nacho cheese popcorn

Wait for steam to escape, then enjoy your nacho cheese popcorn!

More Nacho Cheese Popcorn Tips

  • If the seasoning doesn’t stick, spraying the popcorn with a light layer of oil will help.
  • Increase the amount of cheesiness by adding more nutritional yeast.
  • Give the nacho cheese popcorn a special touch by adding toppings like cilantro and pickled jalapenos. If you want to give it even more heat, sprinkle a little cayenne pepper.

Say Cheese

Whether you need to feed your surprise guests or just want to surprise your loved ones with a new game night snack, we hope this nacho cheese popcorn delivers a dose of joy!

Want more vegan popcorn ideas, recipes, or just general snacking inspiration? Head over to our blog.

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