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Spicy Cotija popcorn with sangria

Spicy Cotija Popcorn Seasoning

KC Cornwell
Our favorite cheesy spicy popcorn seasoning! Perfect for movie night munching... and pairs perfectly with a glass of your favorite California Zinfandel.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 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!
Keyword appetizers, cheese, cotija, happy hour, movie night, popcorn, real california dairy, snacks, spicy
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