Nacho-flavoured popcorn

Nacho-flavoured popcorn

Half-Hour Hungries
5 cups
15 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Mark Roper

This is a tasty variation on buttered popcorn that one of my Little Kitchen teachers, Lisa, taught my cooking students. Serve it at your next party or for National Popcorn Day – 19 January. It’s sure to be a hit!


Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
70g popping corn
30g salted butter
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
30g parmesan cheese, finely grated


  1. Measure the oil into a large, heavy-based saucepan and add two kernels of popping corn.
  2. With adult help: Heat the saucepan over medium–high heat. When the two kernels pop, tip the remaining popping corn into the saucepan and quickly put the lid on. Wearing an oven mitt, hold the lid on tight and gently swirl the pan around so all of the popping corn gets coated in oil.
  3. Soon you’ll hear the corn start to pop! Keep the lid on and don’t peek, because the corn could escape from the pan and burn you. If you really want to see what’s happening, try using a saucepan with a glass lid.
  4. With adult help: Give the pan a gentle shake with the lid on while the corn is popping. After roughly a minute, when the sound of popping has slowed to 1 or 2 pops every 5 seconds, take the saucepan off the heat. Leave the lid on until the corn has stopped popping completely.
  5. With adult help: Wearing oven mitts, use a large measuring cup to scoop the popcorn into a bowl. Leave any dark bits in the bottom of the pan. These are the corn kernels that didn’t pop or open all the way and may have burnt – there are usually a few in every batch.
  6. With adult help: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the spices and salt. Mix well, then evenly pour the butter mixture over the popcorn. Using a metal spoon, stir well. Add the grated parmesan and quickly combine so the cheese sticks to the popcorn. Serve immediately.

Time-saving tips

  • Have all your equipment and ingredients ready. Find a kitchen hand to help you prepare the ingredients ahead of time.
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