Cheezy Chili Popcorn

Sometimes, especially on weekends, I want to have something to snack on while watching a movie. Microwave popcorn is convenient, but it is hard to pronounce all the ingredients and figure out whether they are dairy-free. And then there’s the whole diacetyl thing that gives me the heebie geebies.  

Making your own popcorn really is quite easy, and quite cheap.  You can use an air popper, or you can even microwave your own in a paper lunch bag with a little oil. See this recipe here (although I wouldn’t add the salt for this recipe).

Cheezy Chili Popcorn
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  2. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  3. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  5. 3/4 teaspoon table salt (kosher doesn't work for this recipe as well because the grains are too big)
  6. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pop popcorn in air popper or by your favorite method. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together nutritional yeast, chili powder, pepper, and salt.
  2. Sprinkle one tablespoon of oil evenly over popcorn, then sprinkle with half of nutritional yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining oil and nutritional yeast mixture. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I've heard of using cooking spray to coat the popcorn instead of olive oil. This would make for a more even distribution, but again, too many chemicals involved in that. A olive oil spray pump would work very well though if you have one.
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I know I have said I’m not a fan of nutritional yeast sauces, but when used dry, in moderation, and in conjunction with other spices, it really does give a nice cheesy taste.  Nutritional yeast is actually nutritional as well in that it provides a good source of B12, and it’s also high in protein and fiber.

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