I can’t believe it’s time for another Mystery Dish post! This month, Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy is our host, and she gave us the following ingredients to work with: garbanzo beans, eggs, flaxseed, cilantro, potatoes, bread, quinoa, lime, popcorn, dark chocolate, ground turkey, and asparagus. So many yummy things in that list! And healthy things. And easy ingredients. Hmmm, appropriate ingredients. 🙂
I had a really hard time deciding what to make, because I’m a huge fan of everything on this list. I seriously considered making brownies with garbanzo beans, kind of like a baked version of this cookie dough dip, but then I had to go with the classic cilantro lime combination. Instead of cilantro lime rice or quinoa, I wondered what those flavors would be like on popcorn. After this coconut curry popcorn, I’ve been daydreaming about other popcorn flavors. I may not need to daydream anymore… this Chili Lime Popcorn is superb!
I decided to flavor this popcorn with a chili lime butter to avoid the soggy popcorn you get when you flavor popcorn with any sort of liquid. I made the butter with a bit of garlic powder, chili powder, and onion powder, along with lime juice… and I could have just as easily eaten this butter on a baked potato or some hearty bread instead of popcorn. But when this slightly spicy, tangy butter is melted on crunchy popcorn it is awesome. Of course I had to add some cilantro to complete the flavor combo I was going for… and I also tossed in some lime zest for an extra zing. This fancy popcorn is addictive and wonderful, and totally worth the extra few minutes of work. I hope you give it a try… it is SO good.
Oh, I almost forgot! When I make popcorn, I use a Whirly Pop. It’s so cool. Usually, I pop my kernels with a bit of canola oil, but I recently read that using coconut oil is more movie theatre authentic so I gave it a shot. So, what’s the verdict? Well, it was definitely different. I’m not sure it was authentic. There was no chemical taste, which is good. 🙂 It’s yummy though! Btw… be sure to check out what else my Mystery Dish pals came up with for this month. All the recipes are bound to be excellent!
one year ago: Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
two years ago: Royal Berry Coffee Cake
Chili Lime Popcorn
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- 2/3 cup unpopped popcorn to make 4 quarts plain popcorn [pop in coconut oil if possible]
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- freshly ground black pepper
- juice of half a lime
- zest of one lime
- 1/2 cup minced cilantro, loosely packed
Pop popcorn according to preferred method, using coconut oil if possible. In a small bowl, stir together butter, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and a little freshly ground black pepper. Add lime juice and stir as well as possible [not all liquid will be incorporated].
Melt butter in microwave and then pour over popped popcorn. Toss in lime zest and cilantro, and mix well. Add salt to taste. Enjoy immediately.
TIme: 10 minutes.
Yield: 4 quarts popcorn.
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33 thoughts on “Mystery Dish: Chili Lime Popcorn”
From: The Pajama Chef >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:01 AM >Subject: [New post] Mystery Dish: Chili Lime Popcorn > >Sarah posted: “I can’t believe it’s time for another Mystery Dish post! This month, Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy is our host, and she gave us the following ingredients to work with: garbanzo beans, eggs, flaxseed, cilantro, potatoes, bread, quinoa, lime, popcorn, dark ch” >
SO fun! I love popcorn in all forms- especially fun flavors
me too! thanks erica.
I love this combination. Definitely takes popcorn to a whole other level!
Love your combo of chili/garlic/onion! Now that I’m a convert to flavored popcorn, I’ll definitely be giving this a try.
thanks sherri! i need to try your version too 🙂
You are so creative!! I LOVE this popcorn! I love how you add the powder ingredients to the butter so the popcorn isn’t all soggy! Pinned!! Thanks for another awesome Mystery Dish!
I’m not normally a big fan of popcorn but the flavours in this sound so delicious.
thanks corina! i go through popcorn spurts…but having flavored popcorn makes me crave it all the time.
Oh man, this popcorn looks so addictive! I love the chili, lime, cilantro combo 😉
thanks allie! it is 🙂
I’m reading this AS I’m eating popcorn, but mine is plain and boring. This looks much more mouth-watering and zesty!
thanks colleen! you’ll need to give this one a try 🙂
Loving all the popcorn recipes this month, this one looks awesome!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
thank you, krista!
I love this zesty, citrusy kick you added to the popcorn! What a fun snack!
thank you, georgia! it is really good if i do say so myself 🙂
Have you tried popping popcorn in coconut oil?
I’m dying to try it, everyone has but me LOL
yes i did try it for this one. i don’t think it’ll become my usual popping oil, but was good.
This has movie night written ALL OVER IT.
oh yes! now, if only i had time for movie night. 🙂 sigh…
Chili lime popcorn sounds incredible!!
thank you, bianca!
Lime, cilantro, chili?? This popcorn sounds amazing!! I rarely make popcorn (except for parties) but that really needs to change. This would be perfect for movie night at home!
yes, definitely! that’s interesting you make it for parties! will have to steal that idea.
Delicious! We are big popcorn eaters around here, and I love the thought of spicing up our boring salt and butter routine! Thank you for sharing, my friend!
you’ll have to let me know if you try it! it’s so good.
If you like it then you shoulda put a pin on it (so I did, because I likey a lot!)
you are hilarious! thanks 🙂