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Spicy Cotija popcorn with sangria
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Spicy Cotija Popcorn recipe

Our favorite cheesy spicy popcorn seasoning! Perfect for movie night munching... and pairs perfectly with a glass of your favorite California Zinfandel.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizers, cheese, cotija, happy hour, movie night, popcorn, real california dairy, snacks, spicy
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 135kcal
Author KC Cornwell


  • 1/4 cup Cojita crumbled or grated
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder or chipotle powder optional
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels popped or one large bag of natural popcorn, popped
  • 1 TBSP olive oil


  • Add the Cojita, chili powder, cayenne or chipotle powder if using, and zest to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Cojita mixture over the popcorn and toss to combine.
    Enjoy immediately.


Switch it up with lemon or orange zest too!


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg