6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings to Make at Home

Last Updated on February 3, 2020 by Ellen Christian

These delicious popcorn seasonings are just the thing to enjoy with the family for movie night. One of my guilty pleasures is having a huge bowl of popcorn at night while we watch movies. 

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6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings to Make at Home

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings 

While I used to add a ton of melted butter and salt to my popcorn, I know that’s not the healthiest choice for me to make any more. We get organic, non-GMO popcorn kernels, so I know that popcorn itself is a healthy, gluten-free snack that everyone in the family can enjoy.

What is a good seasoning to put on popcorn?

I wanted to come up with a selection of popcorn seasonings and toppings that tasted really good and were easy to make in a short amount of time. That meant that I wanted to stay away from things that were artificially colored or too high in sugar or salt.  Thankfully, there are some different ways you can dress up your homemade popcorn by using seasonings and herbs to add extra taste and texture. 

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings You Need to Make

We pop our popcorn in a large pot on top of the stove, and we pop it in coconut oil because it’s such a healthy oil. If you have an allergy to coconut oil (like my husband), you can use sustainably grown palm oil just as easily. Try to avoid the less healthy oils like canola oil that are high in trans fats.

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What do you add to flavor homemade popcorn?

Here are a few delicious popcorn seasonings combinations you can try. I create a batch of each and then store it in an old glass spice jar with a lid. Just pop your popcorn and then sprinkle it on top.

  • Mexican Seasoning – 2 tbsp ground cumin, 2 tbsp onion powder (not salt), 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp chili powder, one tsp paprika
  • Parmesan Herb Seasoning – 2 tbsp parsley, 2 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Hot Chocolate Seasoning – 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I use Fair Trade), 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cheesy Dill Seasoning – 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese, one tsp dried dill, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon Toast Seasoning – 1 tbsp brown sugar (if watching sugar intake, use a stevia blend); 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Ranch Seasoning – 2 tbsp parsley, 3/4 tsp dried dill, 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp black pepper

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings You Need to Make

My absolute favorite popcorn seasoning blend is the Mexican Seasoning.  We made a big bowl of popcorn to enjoy while we watched television. I always make up more than we need so that I have some on hand for next time. 

If you’re watching your salt, the best choices are the Mexican Seasoning, Cinnamon Toast Seasoning, or the Ranch Seasoning. They have no added salt. And, there is salt in the Parmesan as well. 

How do you get parmesan to stick to popcorn?

So, if you have a problem getting the parmesan to stick to the popcorn for the Parmesan Herb Seasoning and the Cheesy Dill Seasoning, just drizzle a very tiny bit of olive oil on the popcorn first. Then add the seasoning and shake to mix.

More gourmet popcorn flavors

If you love popcorn as much as we do, here are a few more things you can try.

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings to Make at Home

Where can I buy healthy popcorn seasoning?

If you’d prefer to buy popcorn seasoning rather than make your own, Urban Accents is all-natural and gluten-free. There are three different flavors that you can choose from. Or Flavor God seasonings are low sodium, Paleo, and have no MSG.

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings to Make at Home

Yield: 4

Fiesta Mexican Popcorn Seasoning

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings You Need to Make

A delicious homemade fiesta Mexican popcorn seasoning recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp onion powder (not salt)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • One tsp paprika
  • 2/3 cups of popcorn kernels
  • coconut oil to pop


  1. Add the coconut oil to the pan and heat till melted.
  2. Add the popcorn kernels.
  3. Mix the seasonings in a glass container.
  4. Pop the popcorn over medium heat.
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning onto the popcorn and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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