Homemade Popcorn with Parmesan and Red Pepper Flakes

Popcorn has been a thing in my family for decades! I know, that sounds so weird because it’s just popcorn. But, for some reason making homemade popcorn for your kids has been something thats been passed down to every generation in our family!

A couple of weeks ago my mom and I were sitting around with my girls and eating a bowl of popcorn my mom had just made. We were having a pretend campfire so, of course we were telling campfire stories. Leiiani and I told silly fantasy stories about princesses but when it was my moms turn she told a story about a little girl.

Her story went something like this: “Every night this little girls mother would make dinner, clean the kitchen, and put up a sign that the kitchen was closed. And then every night her dad would go into the kitchen behind her mom and make homemade popcorn and milkshakes for the kids. When that little girl got older she was the one who made popcorn for her kids. And then when her daughter had children she learned how to make it and made it for her kids.”

It didn’t take long before Leiiani and I knew she was talking about our family. I mean hello we were eating popcorn as she was telling the story about popcorn. Haha. I have so many memories of my mom making popcorn for us during my childhood. In fact anytime my mom visits I have her make popcorn because she still makes it the best. Haha.

Making popcorn for my girls is something that I love doing. Movies, hang outs, or just for a snack, popcorn is something I make pretty often around my casa. I love that I am passing this tradition down to my girls and that they’ll have these childhood memories associated with popcorn too!

Isn’t it funny how food can bring people together and be attached to such great memories. The recipe below is not the exact same as my moms. It’s an updated and healthier version. My mom uses lots of butter on her popcorn which is probably why her’s tastes so much better! Sigh! The struggle to be healthy. Hope you and your family enjoy!!

Parmesan and red pepper popcorn

Parmesan and red pepper popcorn

red pepper and parmesan popcorn
The aftermath
Homemade Popcorn With Parmesan and Red Pepper Flakes

Homemade Popcorn With Parmesan and Red Pepper Flakes


  • 1/3 cup of avocado oil
  • 1 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Heat avocado oil in a dutch oven or pasta pot on medium-high heat. Add one kernel of popcorn to the pan. This will be your test kernel.
  • Once the test kernel starts to pop and expand add the rest of the popcorn kernels and cover with the lid.
  • As the kernels start to pop slightly shake the pan so that all kernels get distributed and have a chance to "pop."
  • Once you no longer hear rapid "popping" that is when all/most kernels have "popped."
  • Remove popcorn from pan and put into a large serving bowl.
  • While the popcorn is hot add the remaining ingredients so the cheese and salt can "melt" into the popcorn.
  • Shake popcorn and ingredients.
  • Enjoy!
  • Coconut oil or any oil that can handle a high temp can be substituted for the avocado oil.

Is there a recipe that has been passed down throughout the generations in your family?


15 Comment

  1. Nice!! We love homemade popcorn as well and my new fav has been making Kettle Corn at home. It hasn’t been passed down like it has in your family but hubby’s auntie always makes it with homemade smoothies when we visit or go camping with his side of the family and it’s such a special treat. I love it!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Oh that sounds so yummy!!! I want to learn how to make that next. 💕

  2. I’ve never thought to use Parmesan with popcorn. This sounds so good!! My daughter (14) loves popcorn so I know she’d love to try this recipe!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Thanks! I hope she likes it 🙂

  3. Gina says: Reply

    I’ve never thought of making spicy popcorn, but it sounds delicious! Love this idea!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      It’s not too spicy, just enough to add a little flavor

  4. Terry says: Reply

    I love this article, Thank you for sharing! I am pretty traditional and sure do have a problem letting go of REAL butter……
    I do look forward to giving this new recipe a try just maybe I can do popcorn without butter but not without family and story telling….

  5. I love homemade popcorn. Your toppings sound delish!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Me too! Thank yoy

  6. My mom wasn’t a big cooker but my Grandma taught me to make mochi. It’s a Japanese treat. Can’t wait to try this popcorn! We love spicy foods.

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      What is it made of? Hope you guys enjoy

  7. Oh wow! I have never tried popcorn with red chili flakes however I have a hunch my Ethiopian son would flip for it. They always serve us popcorn with our coffee in Ethiopia and so its a food that he craves for comfort in the US a lot. But, he also LOVES spicy so joining the two together would be a real treat for him. I’m going to try it! (saw you on Spokes ;))

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Oh that sounds like the perfect combo!!!!!! The recipe is pretty mild so if you guys like spice I would
      Totally add more! Aww thanks 🙂

  8. I LOVE making fancy popcorn at home and cozying up on the couch with my boyfriend to watch a movie. Definitely going to make this recipe next time- he loves anything with cheese 🙂

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Omg it’s one of my favorite things to do!!! Yay, hope you guys like it!

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