Sweet Tajín Popcorn

Sweet, spicy, savory (and tart!) in perfect harmony… Sweet Tajín Popcorn with Spiced Candied Pepitas, Chocolate, and Dried Cranberries may just rock your world and just in time for National Popcorn Month!

Sweet Tajín Popcorn piled high in a red and white striped popcorn bag.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Popcorn and #NationalPopcornMonth

It’s National Popcorn Month! LOL. I do try to keep up with all the food-related days and months, but truthfully, I had never heard of this one until after I decided it was time for a new popcorn recipe.

Relatively speaking, popcorn is a healthy, high-fiber snack that is super-flexible, and a great vehicle for all kinds of flavors and add ins. When I started working on this recipe, I had so many ideas and directions I could take it.

Just a couple of days ago, I posted a recipe for Homemade Low Sodium Tajín, and it seemed a perfect place to start with my contribution to National Popcorn Month. I love the tangy heat of Tajín, but I really wanted to work on sweet, spicy, tart combination. So here goes:

🍿 Sweet Tajín Popcorn Ingredients

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Ingredients for Sweet Tajín Popcorn: spiced candied pepitas, tajín, cinnamon, mini chocolate chips, red heirloom popcorn, dried cranberries.

🔪 Instructions

I’m hoping you’ve decided to make the Homemade Low Sodium Tajín! All components of this gourmet popcorn recipe should be prepped prior to popping the corn. Similarly, the Easy Spiced Candied Pepitas should be prepared in advance. Once those 2 components are ready, PROCEED!

Cooking steps for making Sweet Tajín Popcorn:
1. A black pan with oil and a few kernels.
2. All the kernels in the pan covered.
3. Popped corn in an orange bowl with butter.
4. Craisins, tajin and sugar spice mix, pepitas, and mini chocolate chips added to the popcorn bowl.
  1. Mix Tajín with sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Measure out all ingredients.
  3. Add oil to a deep heavy saucepan (with a lid). Bring it to medium-high heat, then drop a few corn kernels. When those kernels pop, add the remaining corn kernels. Continue popping corn until popping slows and stops – shaking occasionally.
  4. Add popcorn to a large bowl, then toss with melted butter.
  5. Sprinkle the spice mix over the popcorn, then add the dried cranberries, Spiced Candied Pepitas, and mini chocolate chips.
  6. Toss well to combine.
  7. Enjoy!
A close up of Sweet Tajín Popcorn with dried cranberries, chocolate, spiced candied pepitas in a wood bowl on a blue background.

Is this sweet tajín popcorn good leftover?

Yes and no. Second day popcorn loses its irresistible crunch, but it’s definitely still edible see Don’t Throw Out Leftover Popcorn for ideas.

What is the best way to pop the corn kernels?

I have used all 3 of these methods – stove top, air popper, and microwave popcorn popper. It’s really personal preference. My recipe card includes my stove top method. I find it quicker than finding a small appliance that I don’t use often. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you choose another method.

💭 Tips

  • Since we’re aiming for a “sweet, spicy, savory” popcorn, swaps (substitutions) are pretty straightforward. Try to keep the chile-lime component of the Tajín – that could be as simple as sea salt, red chile, and lime zest if you can’t get Tajín. Adding the cinnamon and sugar to the mix is critical.
  • The sweetness comes from both the spice mix and the Spiced Candied Pepitas. Finding a swap for the pepitas is more difficult. Keep in mind they just require a few minutes. You can probably find a ready-made candied nut that will fill in quite nicely
  • As to the dried cranberries, you can swap them out for dried cherries, blueberries, or dates. The tartness of the cranberries works really well though.
  • The dark chocolate mini chips are the perfect size to get a bit of chocolate through the batch of popcorn. Choose milk or dark according to your preference.
  • Using good quality popcorn results in a higher popped ratio. I think it’s worth a few cents extra. On photo day, I used a red heirloom variety, but any good quality popping corn is fine.

While my Sweet Tajín Popcorn has a few components, it really is quick and easy. When I make Spiced Candied Pepitas, I make them in a somewhat large batch. The Tajín is probably in a jar as well. That really means you can have this delicious, homemade gourmet popcorn ready in about 10 minutes!

If the combination of sweet, spicy, and salty doesn’t resonate, this Jalapeno popcorn is a tasty option with jalapeño, butter, and popcorn. Simple and tasty!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.
2 popcorn bags with Sweet Tajín Popcorn, a lime sliced in half, bowl in the background with a back lit small tree.

Sweet Tajín Popcorn

Sweet, spicy, savory popcorn with a Mexican vibe – tajín, spiced candied pepitas, mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries…
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Spiced Candied Pepitas 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 15 cups
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Combine Tajín (see notes) with cinnamon and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Gather the dried cranberries, Spiced Candied Pepitas (or toasted pepitas), and mini chocolate chips.
  • Heat oil and a few popcorn kernels in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over high. When kernels pop, add the remaining popcorn, and cover. Cook until popping stops, about 2-3 minutes (shake occasionally). Alternatively, follow manufacturer's instructions for an air popper or microwave popper.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Toss with butter. Add the cranberries, pepitas, and mini chocolate chips.
  • Sprinkle liberally with spice mix, again, toss to combine.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

As I mention in the body of the post, you can use commercial Tajín or your own homemade Tajín. Either is great!
The Spiced Candied Pepitas really are worth the 5-10 minutes it takes to make them! If you can’t swing it, add toasted pepitas, or other candied crunchy nuts or seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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