This simple little mexican popcorn recipe is the best thing I have made all week. And certainly one of the most addictive things I’ve ever made. I really cannot believe how good it is. I found this recipe on Shutterbean, thinking it would be a nice and easy thing to try and that people seemed to love it. I had no idea it could be this good. Just a few spices and lime juice/zest mixed together, and it results in the best popcorn I have had in my life! If I seem like I’m exaggerating, just make this, and you’ll see.
It is really, really important to get smoked paprika – it’s very different from normal paprika and will make or break the spice mixture. It’s also really important to actually get a lime and zest it. I was almost tempted to just use bottled lime juice before I realized I still had an extra lime laying around, and the lime zest/juice is really what brings the entire flavor together, so do not skip it!
The result is this popcorn, which is humble looking, but after eating the entire bowl just now, my boyfriend and I can attest that it is incredible.
adapted from Jamie Oliver Magazine via Shutterbean
6 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1/3 cup popcorn kernels OR 1 bag plain microwave popcorn
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
juice from 1/2 lime & zest from 1 lime
If using bagged microwave popcorn: Use a “plain” variety of popcorn and pop in the microwave according to bag instructions. Place popcorn in a big bowl and set aside.
If popping your own popcorn from kernels: Place a 3 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons coconut oil and a 2-3 kernels to the pot. Close the lid and when popcorn kernels start to pop, add the remaining kernels and put the lid back on the pot. Move pot back and forth on the stove and pop the popcorn until you start to hear the popping slow down. Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
For the spice mixture:
In a small saucepan melt remaining 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter if you don’t have coconut oil) over medium-high heat. Add the smoked paprika, oregano & cumin to the oil and let sit over heat for 1 minute. Stir in the juice of half a lime and quickly stir mixture onto the popcorn. Season with salt & sprinkle the lime zest throughout the batch of popcorn.