Snacko De Mayo! Chili Lime Popcorn Recipe
A few years back Cinco de Mayo became “a thing” in Canada. Suddenly, there were ads everywhere urging us all to celebrate it, with Mexican beer and burritos of course! Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexican independence. In fact, it’s a celebration of the Mexican army's victory over the French in the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (thanks Google for clearing that up).
My battle is far least epic, but just as fierce. The battle I'm waging is me vs. the urge to snack!
Suddenly, I realize this is where popcorn comes into play. I could make a yummy snack that wouldn't completely sink my weight loss efforts in one felt cheese and beef laden swoop. A little ingenuity et voilà, umm I mean andale, I have an appropriately spicy, tasty, fast and low-cal treat that I'm calling my “snacko de mayo”. Not only is it easy to make, it also affords me the opportunity to indulge in one of my “Drinko de Mayo” cocktails. For more details on the aptly themed beverage, that pairs perfectly with this popcorn snack check out the recipe over at SoulSnaxs!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- ½ cup Big & Yellow kernels (or any butterfly kernels)
- 1 tbsp Real Theater Popcorn Popping Oil
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp Flavacol or Movie Theatre Seasoning
- ½ tsp hot chili flakes
- Zest of 3 limes
- Whirley Pop (or stove top popper - not hot air)
Zest 3 limes using a microplane or fine grater into a shallow dish. Add the Flavacol, chili powder and chili flakes and mix well to combine.
Add the popping oil to your Whirley Pop popcorn popper and put it over medium heat. Let it melt then add a few “test kernels”. Once they pop, add the Big & Yellow kernels and your spice mixture and begin turning the handle.
In a few minutes, you'll have a wonderfully spiced batch of chili lime popcorn!
- Adding the spices to the pot before the corn is popped allows for the spices to get toasted and release their flavour. Just be careful not to let them burn. This is where your Whirley pop popcorn popper comes in handy. Turning the handle allows you to consistently stir it so you can avoid this scenario entirely.
- Stand back from the Whirley Pop vents as the hot chili flakes will release a bit of their heat with the steam, and you may find it mildly irritating to your throat if you inhale it. So, leave some space and let your stove vent do its job.
- Like your popcorn super spicy? Instead of chili flakes use ¼ tsp of cayenne powder and a few dashes of your favourite Mexican hot sauce.
Thank you to Laurie Martel for this great recipe!
"No, I'm not a chef but I love cooking, baking, mixing cocktails and sharing my creations as a way to express myself."