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A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Chili Lime Popcorn

Here’s another spicy popcorn recipe you’ll love — it’s zesty, spicy, and downright addicting!

There’s this popular street food in Mexico called fruta con chile y limon. It’s a combination of fruits and veggies like mango, watermelon, papaya, and cucumber topped with lime juice, a little salt, and chili powder.

The fruits make it a refreshing summer snack, but we think this treat is especially memorable because of the tangy, spicy chili lime seasoning. 

And that’s what we hope you’ll experience when you try making this chili lime popcorn recipe with your Popper.   

Chili Lime Popcorn Ingredients

  • ½ cup kernels
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make Chili Lime Popcorn

Step 1: Make Chili Lime Seasoning

Mix chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime zest, and salt in a small bowl and set aside. 

Step 2: Heat

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Set your stove to medium heat and allow the Popper to preheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3: Pour Oil

Pour oil into the Popper. Give it time to sizzle.

Step 4: Add Kernels

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Toss 2-3 kernels into the pot. Wait for the first one to pop, then add in the remaining kernels.

Step 5: Pop

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Cover the Popper and turn the crank clockwise while the kernels pop. This will keep them from sticking to one place and burning. 

NOTE: You don’t need to crank it the whole time — just do so every couple of seconds. The Popper will do most of the heavy lifting for you. 

Step 6: Remove

After popping slows, get the pot off the heat and remove the lid.

Step 7: Drizzle

Drizzle the lime juice over the popcorn. Then put the Popper’s lid back on and give it a good shake to coat it evenly.

Step 8: Sprinkle

Take off the lid and sprinkle the chili lime seasoning into the popcorn. Cover the Popper again and crank it a few more times to distribute the seasoning. 

Step 9: Serve

Pour your chili lime popcorn into a bowl and enjoy! You can serve this on movie night as an alternative to buttery movie theater popcorn, pair it with a margarita for happy hour, or snack on it while playing an intense round of Monopoly on game night

Ready for a Zesty Adventure?

We hope you have a blast making this lime chili popcorn. 

But like our other popcorn recipes, remember you can add or remove ingredients to really make it yours. You can include a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat, or top the popcorn with chopped parsley — whatever floats your boat.

Want more spicy popcorn recipes or snacking inspiration? You’ll love our other blog posts!

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