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Smoked Paprika and Lime Spicy Popcorn

A spicy buttery snack or appetizer.

Lime Spicy Popcorn

There’s nothing like the smell and sound of popcorn popping.  It smells soooo good.

It’s one of my all-time favorite foods.

When I was a kid, my very favorite popcorn in the whole world was….Kmart popcorn.

Loved it!  I would even pick that over candy.

This popcorn recipe has a real pop to it.   Not a “pop” as in sound, but “pop” as in flavor.

Lime with Popcorn

The cayenne pepper, touch of smoked paprika, and lime juice taste wonderful together.

And not to mention the butter and salt that goes along with it.

It’s a unique snack that really hits the spot.

Here are more recipes with popcorn you may like “Lemon Butter and Poppy Seed Popcorn” and “Popcorn, Caramel and Chocolate “Ice Cream Cones”

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Lime Popcorn Ingredients

Popped popcorn, butter, smoked paprika, ground red cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt and fresh lime juice

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Pour Popcorn in Bowl

Pop the popcorn.

Popcorn on Plate

I like to use a microwave popcorn popper.

Popcorn in Bowl

It’s so very cool because there’s no oil required.

Popcorn in Bowl

Just add the popcorn, put the lid on, and in a few minutes….popped popcorn.

Popcorn in Bowl

Just like that.

Set the popcorn aside.

Butter in Pan

Heat a small saucepan on low to medium heat and add butter.

Onion Powder in Pan

To the pan, add onion powder…

Red Pepper in Pan

…and cayenne pepper (if you don’t like too much heat, use less cayenne pepper).

Smoked Paprika in Pan


Spices and Butter in Pan

…to the pan,

Spices and Butter in Pan

…add smoked paprika.

Stir Spices and Butter in Pan

Stir the spices and butter together.

Spices and Butter in Pan

Continue stirring until the butter is completely melted (about 2 minutes).

Popcorn in Bowl

Put the popped popcorn in separate serving dishes (or all of the popcorn in one big bowl).

Spicy Butter on Popcorn

Drizzle the smoked paprika and spice butter mixture…

Spicy Butter on Popcorn

…over the popped popcorn.

Spicy Butter on Popcorn


Salt on Popcorn

…salt to taste.

Lime Juice on Popcorn


Lime Juice on Popcorn

…sprinkle the juice of half a lime over each serving.

Lime and Spice Popcorn

Serve while the popcorn is still warm…

Spicy Lime Popcorn


Lime Spicy Popcorn


Spicy Lime Popcorn

A great snack when friends come over or just for yourself.

Lime Spicy Popcorn

You may need to make extra because it’s so good.

Lime Spicy Popcorn

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Snack Recipes You May Like:

Triple Chocolate Mocha and Banana Malted Smoothie

Lemon Butter and Poppy Seed Popcorn

Oatmeal, Berry and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

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Lime Spicy Popcorn

Smoked Paprika and Lime Spicy Popcorn

Spicy and buttery popcorn makes a delicious snack or appetizer.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Flavored Popcorn, Lime Popcorn, Popcorn, Smoked Paprika Popcorn
Servings: 2


  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 dashes smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Lime


  • Heat a small sauce pan on low to medium heat and add butter, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika (if you don’t like too much heat, use less cayenne pepper).
  • Stir the spices and butter together. 
  • Continue stirring until the butter is completely melted (about 2 minutes). 
  • Put the popped popcorn in separate serving dishes (or all of the popcorn in one big bowl).
  • Drizzle the smoked paprika and spice butter mixture over the popped popcorn. 
  • Salt to taste, and sprinkle the juice of half a lime over each serving of popcorn.
  • Serve while the popcorn is still warm.
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  1. I’ve been hooked on using garam masala, turmeric, red pepper & lime & zest or “true” lime or lemon powder or I’ve ordered some Tajin to try. My “secret” I add all the seasonings to 2 tablespoons oil and 1 Tblsp. butter and 1/2 cup popcorn. and pop them all together. Every kernel gets seasoned, there’s no concentration of butter and almost every kernel pops. Very good. Going to try your recipe (my way) next. Thanks! smissle

    • Hi There, all of those spices sound sooo good with popcorn and thank you for letting me know your secret…a perfect way to get deliciousness with every bite.

  2. Hi, I was looking for cool recipes to do this xmas for my Mexican friends and this one sounds so good I wil definitely give it a try!

    Btw, can you tell me where I can buy your popcorn maker? Or at least what is the brand name?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Gina, sounds like a great idea to make this popcorn for your friends. I use a “microwave popcorn bowl” to make popcorn. I’ve had this one awhile and probably got it at Walmart. I just googled it real quick and saw that the bowls are a white color rather than the yellow one that I have but it’s the same idea. I just love it because you put the popcorn in the bowl and cook it in the microwave without any oil. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. Well, have made this one a couple times, now (took it to a movie couple weeks ago!). I am now officially HOOKED on this flavor, thanks again for the recipe! 🙂 Next flavor I am gonna experiment with will be a vietnamese cinnamon and pink sugar butter topping. YUM!

    • Hi Michelle, so glad you like it! I am so hooked on it that my fave plastic popcorn bowl has turned the color of the smoked paprika….it used to be light blue. Wow, what a good idea to use vietnamese cinnamon and pink sugar butter. That sounds delicious!

  4. Wow, this sounds sooo yum! Since I am Dairy Free, I am going to use it with my Earth Balance vegan butter. I will also use my concentrated lime juice since don’t have any limes at the moment. Thanks for this! 🙂

    • Hi Michelle, good idea using the vegan butter and the concentrated lime juice. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. What a delightful way to enjoy a favorite snack! Popcorn is such a great snack and I love it spiced up like this 🙂

  6. When I was a kid, my mom would pop kernels and drizzle butter, cinnamon and sugar over it…fond memories. I like your idea of a spicy, limey bowl of popcorn. Simple, yet a great treat for having while watching a movie. Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Julia, the butter, cinnamon and sugar sounds so good together with popcorn. I’m going to try that next. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend too!

  7. Popcorn IS my all-time favorite food…bar none! I’ve never seen or heard of this flavor combination…very intriguing and my sisters would LOVE it! Thanks!

  8. WOW–this looks and sounds amazing. I love the flavor profiles you’ve chosen.

  9. I always get the southwestern lime chips here, so I know I would definitely enjoy this popcorn. This is the first I have seen of this blend and it really does put a whole new spin my thoughts of flavored popcorn. Delicious and addictive, no doubt. Glad you posted this one.