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Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

I often put green chile powder and granulated garlic in the butter for my popcorn, but today I wanted a little more flavor, something extra special you could even give as a gift to your chile-head friends. Baking it in the oven takes out the juiciness from the lime, but leaves in the lime flavor and makes the popcorn extra-crunchy.

If you want a flavorful popcorn with less heat, just leave out the jalapeno.

I am a bit of a popcorn fanatic, so for me to say I could eat a big bowl of this for dinner is not all that unusual, but this popcorn has such a great crunch, kick and flavor, I did eat the whole bowl for a mid-afternoon snack. All by myself. And I am really wishing it wasn’t all gone … Sorry friends! I’m gonna have to make a new batch for you … good thing it’s so easy!

Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

For a fun holiday gift, package this spicy popcorn in a Mason jar or decorated tin, along with a few good Mexican beers (or favorite non-alcoholic drinks) nestled in a colorful basket or bowl.

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Robin seasoning or your favorite seasoned salt
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • 10 – 12 cups of popped popcorn (I used an air popper for popping my popcorn)


  1. Put all the ingredients except for the lime juice and popcorn in a small microwaveable cup or bowl. I usually cover the butter to prevent it from splattering all over the place. Microwave the butter-spice mix on medium for about 2 minutes or until the butter is fully melted.
  2. Add the lime juice to the spiced butter and stir well.
  3. Prepare a bowl of popcorn (I use an air popper to make mine), and spread the popcorn in a large flat pan at least  1 inch deep. With a spoon, drizzle the chile lime butter all over the popcorn, then stir lightly. Sprinkle lightly with Red Robin Seasoning or salt.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees F. for about 5 to 7 minutes or longer … until the popcorn is good and crispy! Sprinkle with salt or seasoned salt to taste.
  5. Serve warm!–or store in an airtight container or mason jar to give to your popcorn-loving friends. If you give it as a gift, you can tell your friends if they want the popcorn hot to warm it in the oven at 300 for 3 – 5 minutes before eating.

Chile Lime Spiced Popcorn

This recipe was shared at Newlyweds Blog Recipe Linky, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, TasteTastic ThursdaysThis Chick Cooks, and Katherine Martinelli’s Mexican Blog Hop.

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9 Responses

  1. you are so darn prolific with your blog! LOVE your posts.


    November 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  2. Ann

    LOL this one was so simple … it was done in just a few minutes! I love recipes like that 🙂

    November 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

  3. Yum!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

  4. Wow this looks amazing, I would never think to add those spices to popcorn but now it makes perfect sense to me!! Looks yummy.

    Thanks for linking up to Newlyweds Recipe Linky. Don’t forget to link back so other can join in the fun.

    November 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

  5. Ann

    Thanks for the reminder Jenna! I get in a rush and forget to do that … I added a link from each of the recipes I shared today. 🙂

    November 30, 2011 at 9:35 am

  6. Wow, what an awesome idea! This is a must try! Thanks for visiting me and for your nice words 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Ambreen! I hope you like it as much as I did 🙂

      December 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

  7. This looks and sounds yummy! I will have to try this. I love popcorn and I love spice! Thanks for sharing. I found your post over at Katherinne Martinellis blog hop! I’d love it if you stopped by my blog and checked out my page! You’ll find my chicken tortilla soup on her blog hop! Thanks, I’m your newest follower! Can’t wait to check out what else your blog has to offer! 😉

    January 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  8. Muhammed Hassan

    Great Idea.
    I love it.

    February 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm