Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 5 mins

This recipe is for the person who likes everything spicy hot!! I learned about this trick from a coworker who is a hot food freak! The spicy oil can be used for a varitiey of foods; different types of oils can be used as well. Peanut oil is the best overall choice, since it withstands higher temperatures.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 habanero (choose size depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 -3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 12 cup popcorn


  1. Put the vegetable or peanut oil in a pot suitable for popping corn.
  2. Warm the oil gently and place sliced habanero in the oil (be careful to wash your hands after handling, and don't touch your eyes or nose!) Stir occasionally for 3 minutes.
  3. Be careful not to heat the oil too much; the smoke from the oil will cause your lungs and eyes to burn.
  4. Remove the sliced habanero from the oil and discard.
  5. Pop your popcorn like you normally would in the spicy oil.
  6. Add your favorite popcorn condiments, such as melted butter, salt, cheese flavoring, or my favorite, butter flavored sprinkles, and enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

Makes you go:why didn't I think if this! I used a small red chili pepper and I loved it! I added some paprika and garlic powder to it, no butter. Thanks for posting!

5 5

This was AWEOME!! Makes me wonder why I never thought of this! LOL. I used 2 habaneros and boy was the popcorn ever spicy! Both of my kids thought it was awesome too. My DH wouldn't touch it tho. He' not a big fan of habaneros. But that's another story. More for us! I added parmesan cheese to ours. This has so much flavor, it doesn't need much butter, if any at all. Thanks for sharing. :)