Chili lime popcorn

Chili lime popcorn made with chili powder, lime zest


I’m convinced that a bowl of freshly-popped popcorn can make all sorts of miserable situations at least a tiny bit better. When I was at McGill, if it weren’t for the middle of the night popcorn breaks with colleagues, I don’t think I would have survived. I was miserable most of the time, and I swear the two things that kept me going were popcorn and my labmates. Fine, I didn’t love all my labmates. There were a few that were not even worthy of the popcorn that fell on the floor.

I think my late night popcorn snack time at McGill sealed the fate of my relationship with popcorn. For better or for worse, I will always have popcorn.

To satisfy my popcorn cravings, I actually own three different machines, besides a good old stainless steel pot and lid in case all three machines fail. I kid you not. Popcorn-popping is a very serious part of my day and not to be messed with.

Basic ingredients for making popcorn


I don’t know about you, but regardless of the popping method, I always gravitate towards savory/salty toppings. My go-to popcorn topping is obviously melted butter, but recently I’ve gone fancy, opting for melted whey butter from Stirling Creamery in Ontario. This butter is so good, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I could probably eat it straight, but of course, I would never do that. Instead, I melt it and drizzle ridiculous amounts of the salty, creamy whey butter all over my popcorn. Popcorn is perfect when it’s made as simple as that.


Spice up your popcorn with chili lime popcorn


I also like to douse my buttered popcorn in Frank’s Red Hot, which yields soggy popcorn that kind of tastes like chicken wings. I know you’re thinking it’s weird, but trust me, soggy chicken-wing-flavored popcorn is pretty awesome. Just do it and thank me later.

Last but not least, chili lime flavored popcorn. I struggled a lot with how to get this one right. Obviously the easy way to make chili lime popcorn is to just take your buttered popcorn and sprinkled with chili powder, salt, and sprinkle with lime juice. This totally works, but again, this yields damp popcorn. Recently, my new strategy is to omit the lime juice and use citric acid instead. It’s a powder, and it’s how many chip companies impart that tangy citrus flavor to snacks without the water. It works, and when combined with a little lime zest, lots of chili powder and salt, it’s winning. For more recipes to make with popcorn, try this popcorn brittle and popcorn brittle brownies.


Chili lime popcorn

Chili lime popcorn is a light snack full of flavour with lime zest and chili powder. Give your popcorn extra tang without making it soggy by using a pinch of citric acid powder 
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 281kcal
Author Janice


  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter or even more, melted
  • 1 tsp chili powder or more
  • 1/2 tsp fine kosher salt optional, if you find your popcorn isn’t salty enough from the butter
  • 2 pinches citric acid or the juice of a lime
  • 1/2 lime or more, zested


  • Toss together the popcorn with all the ingredients and thoroughly mix. Taste it and adjust your seasoning accordingly.


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Calories: 281kcal


11 Responses to Chili lime popcorn

  1. Medeja May 8, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    I haven’t seen such interesting popcorn before! Sounds very intriguing.

  2. Jenni May 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Great idea about using citric acid plus lime zest! Love it!

    And I’m sorry some of your labmates kind of sucked. 😉

  3. musingmar May 12, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    This sounds addictive!

  4. Anonymous June 23, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Why don’t you mix your ingredients into the butter and then drizzle it on. Works great with hot sauce, siracha, etc. You can also put fresh rosemary into the butter while you are melting it to flavour it up. But then it’s just sprinkled on the popcorn like butter and it’s not so damp!
    ps. i’m out of popcorn right now. totally thinking of driving 6km to the nearest town to get some. It’s seven at night and mid winter, but it would be worth it.

  5. ohshellsbells September 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    this is brilliant!

  6. Anonymous November 3, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    I like to use something called True Lime which is a brand of crystalized lime juice. I get mine from the spice section at Fred Meyer. They also make True Lemon.

    • Janice Lawandi November 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      That is an excellent idea! Thank you for the recommendation! I am going to look for that product 🙂


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