Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn: A deliciously sinful Popcorn Recipe with Pecorino Romano and Bacon

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

What is it about popcorn that makes us so happy? The crunch? The light airy quality? The fact that you can eat a lot of it at one sitting?

Yes. All those things.

On nights I have a late-night craving, I like to pop a big satisfying bowl of white popcorn in just a touch of oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. A healthy bowl of popcorn that is loaded in fiber and low on fat. Something I can feel good about eating, even though it’s close to bedtime.

But that is not the popcorn recipe I’m sharing with you now.

Today I’m letting you in on a deep dark secret; my “guilty pleasure” popcorn recipe. The popcorn recipe I make when I’m feeling really naughty… or want to bribe someone.

Pecorino Romano Bacon Popcorn

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn: A bewitching snack packed with salty rich flavor and a load of crunch. Ripe bits of nutty pecorino romano and crisp fatty bacon, are gently tossed with bacon-fat laced white popping corn. The best part is, it only takes 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to make.

That makes this pecorino romano cheese and bacon popcorn recipe even more lethal!

I simply cook some chopped bacon in a big pot. Spoon it out when its crisp. Then add the popcorn kernels straight into the remaining bacon grease. Once the popcorn is fully popped I toss the bacon back into the popcorn, along with a good dose of crumbled pecorino cheese.

As long as you pick up handfuls with bacon or pecorino cheese, you don’t even need salt.

Easy Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn
Bacon + Pecorino Romano + Popcorn = A Steamy Popcorn Heart Throb.

I am head over heals for this one!

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Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts ~ My Kitchen In The Rockies

Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce ~ Smells Like Home

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta ~ Family Fresh Cooking

Get more ideas on my Amazing Appetizers Pinterest Board.

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:3 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

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  • 12 ounces thick cut bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup white popcorn kernels
  • 3 ounces pecorino cheese, crumbled (could be aged asiago)


  1. Place a large deep pot over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and fry until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place in a paper towel lined bowl to drain.
  2. Add the popcorn to the pot with remaining bacon grease and cover leaving the lid slightly off-set to vent.
  3. Pop the corn then pour into a large bowl. Toss in the bacon and crumbled cheese. Serve warm!
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52 comments on “Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

  1. Victoriaposted December 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm Reply

    How long does this keep??? I want to make it as a Christmas gift but am not sure if I am able to make it a few days in advance! Sounds incredible!

    • Sommerposted December 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply

      Hey Victoria, this is definitely an eat-right-away snack. Sorry!

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  6. Winnieposted November 6, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply

    This sounds so delicious! I love bacon, pecorino and popcorn. Will try it for sure. Thanks.

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  10. marlaposted August 26, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply

    Linking back to this delish popcorn tomorrow :)

  11. Carrie Saundersposted August 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply

    When I go to this page Norton is telling me there is a virus on this page. You may want to have your web admin check it out.

    • Sommerposted August 26, 2012 at 7:12 am Reply

      Hey Carrie, I’ve got my host checking into it right now. Thanks for the warning! :)

  12. Tameraposted August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply

    .You have no idea how excited I am to give this a try!!! Thanks a mil for sharing…

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  14. Deniseposted July 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Oh Wow! This looks fabulous. I can’t wait to try it. I have been putting “Bacon Salt” ( which is bacon flavored without any bacon actually in it) on my popcorn for a year or so since I found the seasoning but never thought of trying real bacon in popcorn. what a great idea for a decadent treat now and then :-)

  15. Glamorous Gluttonposted June 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply

    I love this!! A fabulous recipe and photo that I found on Taste Spotting. I’m so pleased I found your blog and I’ll be back again. GG

  16. Tickled Redposted June 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm Reply

    This just looks CRAZY good! It will be feeding my snack attack cravings very soon :D

  17. Jessica @ How Sweetposted June 5, 2012 at 6:31 am Reply


  18. Kathy - Panini Happyposted June 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply

    FABULOUS idea, Sommer!!

  19. Ilkeposted June 4, 2012 at 4:24 am Reply

    Well Sommer, you have done it again, what can I say? :) Genius! I dont think I will be having this as a late night snack though:) Too easy to eat the whole thing on my own!

  20. Katie @Epicurean Momposted June 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm Reply

    ADORE THIS! What a perfect savory treat!

  21. ATasteOfMadnessposted June 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Wow, people are putting bacon in everything nowadays :p. I never used to be a bacon fan, but it’s everywhere now that I’ve grown to love it

  22. mjskitposted June 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Are you sure you wanted to give away this secret recipe!?!?! OMG! Bacon is one thing but you pop the popcorn in the bacon drippings! How utterly decadent is that? We always have popcorn on Sunday afternoon so this will definitely be made tomorrow! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

    • Francineposted August 26, 2012 at 12:00 am Reply

      Yummy very, very yummy!

  23. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted June 2, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply

    This has got to be one of the best popcorn recipes I’ve ever seen. Yum!

  24. Jennifer | Mother Thymeposted June 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply

    You totally have me craving a big bowl of this right now. Do you think my husband would think I’m crazy if I start cooking bacon at 10:30 at night? It would be all worth it for this! Love it!

  25. Heatherposted June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Homegirl. Gimme gimme gimme!

  26. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted June 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Yum! What a creative popcorn combo! My Husband would just LOVE it I made it for him. He kind of has a thing for bacon!!

  27. Lizposted June 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Oh, how fabulous! I’m a popcorn junkie and this one looks DELISH! Have a great weekend, Sommer :)

  28. Apron Appealposted June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

    we do cheesy popcorn all the time – but bacon! Why hadn’t I thought to add bacon?!

  29. Andrea {From the Bookshelf}posted June 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Can it get much better than that!? Sounds fabulous!

  30. Heather @girlichefposted June 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm Reply

    I pretty much consider that snack-time bliss! Fabulous salty flavor and crunch…mmmmm….yes please.

  31. Shainaposted June 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm Reply

    I am going to see the week out with a big bowl of this tonight.

  32. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted June 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Cheesy popcorn has been my favorite type of popcorn since childhood…has not changed since childhood. But I never ONCE thought to use pecorino – so good!! And the bacon…you got it!

  33. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted June 1, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply

    love this one! Have a great weekend!

  34. Brookeposted June 1, 2012 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love popcorn! And bacon! This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

  35. bake your dayposted June 1, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply

    Flavored popcorn is the best, Sommer. You definitely kicked it up with the bacon and pecorino!

  36. Joshua @ Beyond The Peelposted June 1, 2012 at 9:59 am Reply

    This sounds unreal! Love that you put bacon and pecorino in popcorn. Must make this.

  37. leslieposted June 1, 2012 at 9:40 am Reply

    Oh my heavens! Popcorn sent from heaven!

  38. Anna @ hiddenponiesposted June 1, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    Wow, wow, wow! You’ve outdone yourself, in a very good way :)

  39. Paula- bell'alimentoposted June 1, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    Bacon makes everything better!

  40. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dryposted June 1, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply

    Love this!! I am always looking for new popcorn recipes!

  41. Joannposted June 1, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

    Question: why do you chop the bacon first? Do you think you could do full strips, then chop while the popcorn’s popping? I hate fishing chopped pieces from my pan, it drives me crazy! :)

    • Sommerposted June 1, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

      Hi Joann,

      Yes you could definitely do strips, then crumble them. I just like the pieces to be somewhat uniform in size so they don’t sink to the bottom. :)

      • Joannposted June 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Thanks! :) Looks delicious!

  42. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted June 1, 2012 at 8:04 am Reply

    Oh. My. Word.

  43. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted June 1, 2012 at 7:40 am Reply

    Ooh, you had me a bacon — love it!

  44. Rachel Cooksposted June 1, 2012 at 7:17 am Reply

    Yesssssss. I love any popcorn (unless it is burnt!), but this looks especially amazing.

  45. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted June 1, 2012 at 7:10 am Reply

    HAHAHA! A nice, light and healthy afternoon snack! In all seriousness, I know that bacon makes everything better and I can only imagine how amazing this is. I will be passing this off to my meat-loving husband.

  46. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 1, 2012 at 6:59 am Reply

    I can imagine this is rich and satisfying, I can’t wait to try it!

  47. shelly (cookies and cups)posted June 1, 2012 at 6:03 am Reply

    Oh my! You popped the corn in the bacon grease? That is possibly the most genius thing ever!