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Mexican Popcorn

Mexican Popcorn

Cinco de Mayo is usually a pretty celebrated holiday in these parts. We loove the food, the drinks, the atmosphere…its probably one of our favorites! My birthday has always been the 3rd, obviously, but somehow we always enjoyed both “holidays” with equal excitement! This year we have a military ball to go to on the 4th,  (So much going on these next two months!) I love getting all gussied up, and hardly ever get the chance to do it, so I can’t wait for this weekend! I have a feeling cinco de mayo is probably going to be a tad more laid back this year.

Mexican Popcorn

I have been eating popcorn like it is going I seriously cannot get enough of it these days! I eat it on a nightly basis without fail. While plain ol’ salt and popcorn is a tried and true classic, sometimes I just need a little somethin’ somethin’ extra! Since mexican food is my favorite and tends to be my first choice, I figured we should try making Mexican Popcorn!

Mexican Popcorn

I made it a few times, a few different ways and this is the absolute best! The flavors are intense, zingy, and perfect! We were shoveling it into our faces. It’s slightly spicy but not extremely, it has a refreshing tang from the lime juice and zest, and it is totally the most perfect snack! It takes ten minutes to whip together, and it is incredible! I can’t stop making it or eating it!

Mexican Popcorn

Mexican Popcorn is a great snack for your Cinco de Mayo party, A little goes a long way! And honestly, this popcorn is good for any day..I don’t need an excuse to make it, neither do you..Do ittt! 😉

Mexican Popcorn

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12-16 Cups Popcorn

Mexican Popcorn

Spicy and refreshing..this mexican spice combo makes the perfect Mexican Popcorn!


  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels


  1. In a small pan over medium-low heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of the Coconut oil.
  2. Add the cumin, chili powder, cayenne, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and lime juice.
  3. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low, and stir occasionally while you're preparing the popcorn.
  4. Heat up your stove-top popper with one tablespoon of the coconut oil, until fully melted.
  5. Pour in the popcorn and cook according to poppers instructions.
  6. Once you've poured your popcorn into a large bowl, pour over half of the spice mixture across the top, and toss, toss, toss.
  7. Pour the remaining spice mixture on top as well as the lime zest, and toss, toss again until best coated! enjoy!

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  • Reply Tracey

    This is such a fun snack for Cinco de Mayo! I can never get enough popcorn! I really need to try making my popcorn with coconut oil one of these days. I’ve heard it’s awesome 🙂

    May 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It is awesome! Definitely try it soon!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    Mexican food tends to be one of my (many) food downfalls. Can’t wait to try out this popcorn!

    May 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Casey

    what a great idea! Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks as well

    May 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Julia

    What a great idea!! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

    May 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    Okay this popcorn is AWESOME!

    May 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      THANK YOU!! I’m so glad you like it!! 😀

      May 3, 2013 at 12:37 am
  • Reply Darlene

    Would this taste the same if I used olive oil instead of coconut? I want to try this, but I don’t want to buy a whole new kind of oil for one recipe.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Alaina

      The coconut oil definitely doesn’t have a strong coconut taste by any means, its so mellow, you hardly notice it. So I’m betting the olive oil would be perfectly fine!! If you try it, you’ll have to let me know how it turns out! 🙂

      May 3, 2013 at 2:54 am
  • Reply Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I am a new convert to air-popped popcorn and have been looking for some creative topping ideas. This sounds absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing :).

    May 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you!! WE love, love it!! Hope you enjoy!!

      May 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Kathleen

    How does this popcorn taste if you bag it for a take along or does it have to be served as soon as you make it?

    September 14, 2014 at 11:55 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I honestly haven’t tried to bag it along, I always just eat it immediately! But I bet it would transfer well, I’d just wait to sprinkle on the lime zest until just before enjoying. Hope this helps!

      September 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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