Cinco de Mayo Chili-Lime Popcorn Print Recipe Print Recipe


It’s Friday, it’s the day before Cinco de Mayo [also my grandma’s 81st birthday] and it’s time for a big ol’ Margarita.  Okay, I wish.

Now I just eat since I can’t drink.

Today, it’s popcorn.  CINCO DE MAYO inspired popcorn.




I love popcorn.  Any flavor.  Any time of day.

Usually I make it a meal and the serving size of ten, becomes one.

Sure it’s a problem, but it would be worse.



Since my appetite hasn’t “matured” just yet, I decided to make popcorn and season it cinco de mayo-like spices. I kinda made that up. My interpretation at least is a combination of cumin, chili powder and fresh lime juice. It did the trick.

My husband added a little tequila to the butter mixture for an extra kick, while I cried ate my virgin popcorn.

Watch out, this might turn into a 3 day weekend popcorn party. We’re sooo WILD!



Other easy Cinco de Mayo recipes…


Happy Cinco de Mayo!!



Chili lime Popcorn – Tequila optional

PRINT Recipe


  • 8 cups of popcorn, popped
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil OR 3 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of ground pepper
  • juice from a fresh lime, about 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

Optional – 1/2 teaspoon tequila. Or just drink the tequila.



I use this air popper, but you can also make on the stove with oil.

While the popcorn is still warm, 1/2 the drizzle olive oil or butter over the popcorn.

In a small bowl, mix together salt, cumin, chili powder, and pepper. Spoon seasoning over the popcorn. With a knife or wooden spoon, carefully toss.

Add the rest of the olive oil or butter and the rest of the seasoning – mix to coat.

Squeeze a little lime juice and then sprinkle lime zest over the popcorn. Enjoy!


note: if you want to add tequila – mix 1/2 teaspoon with butter

*gluten-free *dairy-free – if you don’t use butter

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  • Kathryn

    Beautiful pictures and some very tasty sounding popcorn. Perfect for the weekend and, dare I say it, better than a margarita anyway?

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    I’ve never been a big popcorn fan but I do like it with fajita seasoning on it…this sounds like an extra flavorful version of that!

  • Averie Cooks

    I love popcorn and this is definitely a fun version! I eat popcorn almost every day and can’t wait to try this.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Yum! This sounds lovely!

  • Bev weidner

    I TOTALLY want this right now. 

  • Emily

    This looks great! I’m always looking for ways to dress up air-popped popcorn (my new favorite treat)! Thanks for sharing.

  • Emilie

    love this idea. i’m popcorn obsessed too-any flavor, sweet or savory, i love it

  • Jessica

    let’s make a massive vat of this in seattle! 

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    This sounds so good. Tequila would definitely be required on my popcorn. 😉

  • Zoe

    Usually I keep my popcorn simple (melted butter and salted, sometimes with a drizzle of honey) but this inspired twist is growing on me. I might have to try it!

  • Warodrigues001

    Can’t wait to try

  • Judy@Savoring Today

    Popcorn is often our Sunday night dinner since I take that day off completely from cooking–it’s a fend for yourself kind of day for food. I can totally relate to the 10 servings become 1 and there is always lots of butter. 🙂 I like the flavors you used here, may have to change things up this Sunday!

  • Anonymous

    Yum ok you twisted my arm I have your Margarita!

  • teresa

    This looks yummy Lisa!
    Tequila in butter~oh me!
    Glad to know someone else makes a meal out of popcorn.

  • Amanda Formaro

    What a great idea, sounds fabulous!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Yum!  I totally turn popcorn into a meal too, I love it!  Except I’m usually pretty boring and just use butter/coconut oil and salt or cinnamon sugar.  I need to branch out and try some new things – this looks amazing!

  • Gluten Free Recipes

    What a great, and easy idea! And I just may have some tequilla in the cabinet! And by the way, your gluten free donut recipe looks as good as deep-fried ones. I only eat baked gluten free donuts, so this perfect! Thanks so much!

  • Sweetsugarbelle

    I absolutely cannot wait to try this!!!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I have been on a flavored popcorn kick…this looks like my next one to try!!

  • The Food Yogi

    I just found your blog through @hungry_runner:twitter and love it!  This pop-corn recipe sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it out. 

  • Averie Cooks

    Just saw Heidi link this and it looks & sounds delish! I am a huge popcorn fan!

  • WithStyleGrace

    Thanks, Averie! Hey, did I see/hear that you’re going to the Traveling Potluck? Or did I just make that up? Hope it’s true, would love to finally meet you!!

  • Averie Cooks

    Attending, yes! And the funny thing is that I think 2 yrs ago at BlogHer San Diego you and I were at the same dinner, but didn’t recognize each other. Finally, we’ll meet for real!

  • Cheryla Lister

    interesting snack! I love popcorn seasoned up in different ways, but never thought to add a squeeze of lime juice. sounds tasty!

  • ncjeepster

    This popcorn sounds delish !!! We love popcorn and this receipe will knock their socks off. Thanks so much for sharing. All your recipes for Cinco-De-Mayo sound great. A must for our table and a must for our snack book.

  • Katie AB

    This sounds really interesting. We love popcorn and I would love to try this.

  • Colleen Oleary

    This sounds so yummy! I have been on a movie and popcorn kick recently while on a break from school and this sounds like a nice change up in flavor!! Although now you have me thinking margarita… a frozen raspberry margarita… STOP must think popcorn…

  • Kitty

    These popcorns sound delicious! I love experimenting with new flavors!

  • Zab Di

    loveeeeeee popcorn with chile!!!!

  • Bethany Saldana

    Oh my goodness. I’m SO with you on the love of popcorn! I’ve thought about making a cinnamon struesel-y popcorn, but that’s as far out of the box as I’ve though. Seriously love this idea. I usually share with my popcorn addicted 1 year old… this may be a little wild for his taste, but you never know. If he doesn’t like it, then I don’t have to share. HA!

  • Serena Nicole

    Hmm sounds very different. I will have to give this a try!

  • Jessica Strudthoff

    I love popcorn. I can’t say I have ever heard of anything like this, but I will have to give it a try.

  • Anita

    Love popcorn and this is a great way to add some zing and flavor for a change!

  • Kamella

    I lone this ! It seem fast and easy. It’s also something fun for all the little kiddies !

  • Lisa Lancaster

    I have to make this Pop Corn my husband will love it. Thanks for sharing

  • Angel Heaven Lee

    I’m a fan of fun tasting popcorn.. I will have to try this one out for sure!

  • Jessica Parent

    I LOVE popcorn!! Typically just salt and butter but this looks so good Im gonna hafta try it (my hubby is a huge fan of lime but not popcorn cuz its too bland-maybe this’ll be just what he likes)

  • Christina Kelbel

    Very interesting, sounds yummy. Never thought of spicing up my popcorn before.

  • Allison H

    Oh, this combo sounds amazing! I’ve been so bored with my popcorn lately…I never would have thought to “spice” it up. Brilliant!

  • Marcia G

    I love popcorn and chili lime would be easy enough to try. I think I would have to cut back on the chili powder though.

  • Steph

    Yummmm – love this take on popcorn! I need to try it, maybe with a little taco seasoning too?

  • Debra Carozza-Lynch

    This looks sooo yummy and I love popcorn. Would love a way like this to mix it up and add some spice to an American favorite!!!! Thank you!

  • Amanda

    Making home made popcorn has become a favorite New family tradition on our movie night monday after finding a popcorn popper for just $3.00! I’ve even started a pinterest board for creative popcorn recipes, but this will probably be my favorite, I Love spicy & lime flavor together!!! (:

  • Tabitha Cagle

    Omg yum! I make my own popcorn almost nightly, and I am soooo gonna try this! Thank you so much! Fresh lime mmmm! So excited about this!

  • Stephen A

    That’s a spicy popcorn! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Jo-Ann Brightman

    I think this is a great idea to make a different tasting popcorn – but in the spirit of this Cinco de Mayo holiday. To me this is better than a Margartia