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chili lime popcorn in a white bowl

Cheesy Chili Lime Popcorn

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


Quick and easy cheesy chili lime popcorn made with fresh popcorn, butter, cotija cheese, and chili powder make one tasty and simple snack.


  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup queso cotija
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Place your popped corn in a large bowl, and drizzle it with half of the melted butter. Stir it around, and drizzle the rest of the butter.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the queso cotija, lime zest, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture over the buttered popcorn, and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese mixture on top of the popcorn.
  5. Eat right away.


  • The cheese kind of settles to the bottom of the bowl, so I try to leave a good portion of it on top of the popcorn to start out. The butter helps some of it to stick to the popcorn better.
  • If you don't like things spicy, just add a dash of cayenne, and adjust the measurements to taste.
  • Leftover popcorn is not edible in my opinion, so I don't suggest storing this; just make what you think you'll eat.
  • Prep Time: 10 min