Crunchy popcorn topped with this salty, smoky, slightly spicy Palomitas Seasoning Mix is a popular appetizer at my favorite restaurant in Sedona, AZ.
Since I can’t always get to the restaurant, (I’m looking at you, 2000 mile move!) I make my own at home for snacking now.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to enjoy a meal at Elote Cafe, you’ve probably enjoyed a bowl of Palomitas.
There is almost always a wait at the restaurant, so you’re usually handed some popcorn to snack on after you’ve added your name to the waitlist.
Are you familiar with Palomitas? I bet you are. Palomitas is Spanish for popcorn! The seasoning mix here is what makes palomitas special.
I recommend making a large batch of this spice mix and stashing it in the pantry for all of your movie nights. It’s delicious on plain air popped popcorn and also great over a bowl full of buttered popcorn.
Don’t hesitate to sprinkle this over a bag of microwave popcorn too. No matter how you shake it, this Palomitas Seasoning Mix is a win.
Palomitas Seasoning Mix
With just a handful of spices and a jar to store them, you’re ready for a whole new popcorn snack. This is a light, fun popcorn seasoning that I can’t resist.
I was thrilled to see the recipe for this seasoning mix in the Elote Cafe cookbook. You’re going to want to keep a jar of these spices on hand.
Pair your palomitas with a soda, a seltzer, your favorite beer, a glass of wine, or whatever drink makes you smile.
What is in Palomitas Seasoning?
- kosher salt
- garlic powder
- ground cumin
- ground chipotle chile
- ground ancho chile
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Palomitas Seasoning Mix
- ½ cup kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
- 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile
- Combine all spices in a small jar and shake well to combine. Pop as much corn as you'd like and sprinkle to taste with the seasoning mix. Store spice mix in an airtight container.