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A bowl of homemade popcorn with spicy seasoning

Firecracker Corn, Stove Top Popcorn Recipe

Spicy Popcorn Recipe on the Stovetop. A blend of Southwestern spices to kick up your next homemade popcorn movie night.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 69kcal


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder a good quality blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon New Mexico Red Powder or Ancho, or Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Mix spices in a small bowl.
  • Melt butter in microwave, about 30 seconds.
  • Stovetop Pan Method: Use a good quality heavy bottomed pan. This could be a cast iron skillet or a Le Creuset Dutch oven, or even a good quality saucepan. Just make sure it has a good fitting lid.Heat that skillet over medium heat. Even the slightest hint of burnt oil will transfer that flavor to the popcorn. Not good. Pour in the oil and add a couple of kernels of popcorn. Once those pop, you know you're ready to rock and roll. Add the rest of the corn kernels and remove the pan from the heat and shake the pan to coat the kernels with oil. Place the pan back on the heat and cover with the lid. Once the kernels start popping, start shaking the pan vigorously to make sure the kernels are dispersing evenly and popping evenly. Once you hear the last few kernels popping, quickly remove from heat. In the meantime, melt butter in microwave.
  • WhirleyPop Stove Top Popcorn Maker Method: Over medium high heat on the stovetop, combine canola oil and popcorn in Whirly Pop Pop Corn Maker. Give it a good swirl then wait for the corn to start popping and then start turning the Whirly Pop handle. Lower heat slightly and pop corn until the last kernels are popped.
  • Remove from heat and pour half of the popcorn into a large popcorn bowl. Season with half of the seasoning mix and half the butter. Cover the bowl with a lid, or dinner plate and shake well. Add the rest of the popcorn to the bowl and pour in the remaining seasonings and butter. Cover again and shake well.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Iron: 1mg