Nacho Mamma's Popcorn

Nacho Mamma's Popcorn

Yield: 10 cups


Today's Fitness Rules

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • sea salt
  1. Place oil in large, heavy-bottomed pot (with a lid). Add about 3 popcorn kernels.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat until a kernel pops. Add remaining popcorn; cover.
  3. Once corn begins to pop, shake pot constantly over heat.
  4. When popping slows, remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.
  5. Place nutritional yeast and garlic powder in small bowl. Slowly add 1/2 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper sauce, a few drops at a time, stirring with fork to blend it very well.
  6. Melt butter and mix in remaining ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper sauce. Pour mixture over popcorn, and toss.
  7. Sprinkle nutritional yeast mixture over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.
  8. Add salt to taste. If you like an even hotter and spicier taste, sprinkle on a dried cayenne pepper spice blend to taste.
  9. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.



Popcorn is a whole grain that provides carbohydrates and fiber to the diet and is naturally low in fat and calories. One cup of air-popped popcorn contains between 15-30 calories while oil-popped contains 40-55 calories. Eating fiber helps make you feel fuller longer. Consuming at least 3- or more- ounce equivalents of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases and may help with weight maintenance.