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Cheezy Taco Popcorn

Posted by memeinge
February 20, 2017
Featured in: Frugal Feasts, Snacks
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A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat.

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A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

Popcorn is by far my most favorite snack.

At least five days out of the week, I have popcorn. I look forward to it daily.

I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it has so many flavor options. Typically, I'm a popcorn purist and just have a little salt & butter on my popcorn. But occasionally (like once a week), I get all crazy and come up with new seasoning combos.

After spending countless dollars on store-bought flavored popcorn, I decided it made more sense, a lot more sense, to buy a giant container of popcorn kernels and season it myself. 

And oh how right I was! 

A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

After two weeks of eating this cheezy (not cheesy because it uses nutritional yeast, so it's not technically cheese) taco flavored popcorn, I've decided that it's worthy of being shared with others. 

And since the Oscars are this Sunday, I decided it'd be a perfect time to share! Because movies and popcorn go together like peas and carrots (what Oscar-winning movie is that from? hint: Jenny) 

This is quite simple to make. Pop some popcorn. Toss with seasonings. Snack away.

You are welcome to pop the popcorn on the stove or in the microwave or however you prefer to pop your corn. 

I pop my popcorn in my air popcorn popping machine. I love it almost as much as my mini food processor (which is a lot)

For someone who loves popcorn as much as me, it was well worth the $22 investment. And it's saving my nice pots from scorching from popping the popcorn on the stove. 

A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

Other than that, there's not too much to say about this popcorn other than it is a fun flavor that reminds me a little bit of Doritos. But in a not-going-to-stain-your-fingers-a-creepy-color because you have no idea what's actually in it way. 

You get to flavor your popcorn with real ingredients and enjoy the rewards.

So, run friend, run to the kitchen and make this cheezy taco popcorn as soon as you can.  

A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

A deliciously cheezy #vegan snack perfect for an afternoon break or movie-watching bite to eat via @healthyaperture
A deliciously cheezy vegan snack that's perfect for an afternoon break or a movie-watching bite to eat

Cheezy Taco Popcorn

Yield

Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernals
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Directions

  1. Pop the popcorn.
  2. Toss the popped corn with the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Enjoy!

 

Notes:

*This makes 7 cups popcorn. Double or triple to serve more. 

*Best enjoyed within the hour prepared.

Click for nutritional information
Calories 157
Carbohydrates 21g
Fiber 5g
Sugar 0.4g
Fat 5.7g
Protein 5.7g
Sodium 214mg
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memeinge
Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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