Easy “Cheesy” Taco Popcorn. Chili powder, fresh lime zest, and nutritional yeast make a delicious, healthy, dairy free party appetizer or office snack. Perfect for movie nights! #popcorn #tacopopcorn #dairyfree #healthysnack #healthyappetizer
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Taco Popcorn with Chili and Lime

Yield: 10 cups, approx.
Prep Time:
2 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 mins
Easy “Cheesy” Taco Popcorn, seasoned with pantry spices, fresh lime zest, and nutritional yeast. A healthy, flavorful snack or party appetizer!


  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil — or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup JOLLY TIME White or Yellow Popcorn Kernels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted (to make vegan, use a nondairy buttery spread)
  • Zest of 1 small lime
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast* — optional


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, and cayenne. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Once hot and shimmering, add the popcorn kernels. Shake and shift the pan so that the kernels are in a flat, even layer.
  3. Cover the pan and let the kernels cook until the time between pops is 3 to 4 seconds, shaking the pan every 20 seconds or so to keep the kernels from burning. The popcorn should cook in about 3 minutes.
  4. Uncover the popcorn and pour into a serving bowl. Immediately drizzle with the melted butter, then sprinkle with the spice mixture, lime zest, and nutritional yeast. Toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • *Nutritional yeast can be found in the health food section of many grocery stores or online. In addition to offering a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and protein, nutritional yeast adds a lightly salty, “cheesy” flavor to dishes. If you prefer not to purchase it, you can simply omit it or swap finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Easy Snack Recipe, Healthy Popcorn Recipe, Taco Popcorn with Chili and Lime

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cup) — Calories: 81, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 120mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 2g

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