Palomitas con Salsa or Popcorn with Hot Sauce

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After my family moved to the states, many of our summer holidays were spent in Mexico. I looked forward to those summers in Mexico with mixed feelings. The bad part was that I had to leave my American friends behind. But the good part was that I got to see my extended family. My family is blessed with a huge number of people. All very loving and caring people. It was great catching up with all of our tias, tios, and primos (aunties, uncles and cousins). So really the good always outweighed the bad.

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Another really great thing about those summers in Mexico was the freedom that my siblings and I were allowed. Our small Mexican hometown is safe, crime is virtually unheard of. That same freedom was not one given to us in our American hometown. Largely because you need a car to go anywhere in the states, and in our small town your legs take you everywhere. Our legs would take us from one end of town visiting a tia down the other end to simply hangout at the plaza, the town’s main square.

We always took the early morning flight down to Mexico. I remember that every night before our flight I would lay awake with anticipation. I wanted the night to hurry up and finish so we could go see our familia. When sleep finally took over my body I would have wonderful dreams. Those dreams always seemed to be about the food that I was going to eat in my town.

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I would dream of paletas or Mexican frozen popsicles. Paletas are mostly made with fruits, unlike the more common dairy based ones many of you are familiar with. There was one in particular I always dreamt of, paleta de chile. Oh, my mouth waters just writing this. I would also dream of these hard candy lollipops flavored with mango and chile. The other thing I would also dream about was the crunchy street snacks that, you guessed it, had chile on them. I guess this is living up to the stereotype of everything Mexican having chile on it. But I assure you not everything does, this is just what I craved.

One of those crunchy street snacks I have always craved is palomitas con salsa , or popcorn with hot sauce. Usually we bought them from street vendors that walked around our town or from the local corner market. It was great, the palomitas were filled inside a plastic bag. Then you could choose what you wanted on them. Of course I wanted chile or hot sauce on mine. The hot sauce was poured over the palomitas, as much or little as you wanted.

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I loved that freedom of just walking and talking to my cousin or aunt while stuffing my face with palomitas con salsa . But the best part was waiting until you got to the bottom. To some the idea of soggy popcorn may seem unappetizing. To me the soggy popcorn swimming in hot sauce at the bottom of the bag was the best part. So spicy but ay que bueno !

This favorite snack does not require a recipe. All you need is freshly popped, unflavored, popcorn and hot sauce of your choice. You could use anything from Valentina hot sauce, Cholula hot sauce, Tapatio hot sauce to your favorite Mexican hot sauce brand. I like to add some hot sauce, eat the covered popcorn and add more hot sauce as I work my way to the bottom. If you don’t fancy soggy popcorn then you could also use chile powder. Lastly if you would like to add another flavor to the palomitas squeeze some lime over them, yes it is good!

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Those Mexican summer holidays were the best ones of my life. Ones I would not have traded for anything. The food, the freedom, the climate, the sights, and catching up with loved ones are all cherished memories.

How about you, do you have a childhood favorite snack?

If any of you are interested in the snacks I spoke about, these are it. The first is a great recipe book for Mexican paletas, as well as other recipes. The second is the spicy lollipops and the last are Duritos which are flour based snacks that are fried. Check them out 🙂

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  1. a bag of pop corn with some iced tea lovely movie food and yes my favourite child hood snack was popcorn and a lot of pakodas!! Even pav bhaji

  2. I have tried the candy lollypops and found them to be a tasty flavor pairing. The popcorn I have not tried, but I am thinking it may be a little too hot.
    My favorite snack of childhood was the Chex party mix. We added peanuts, raisins and M&M’s to the mix, so it had a little bit of everything in there. Thinking of this sure does bring back memories.

  3. Love popcorn and love hot sauce…I’m wondering why I haven’t thought to do this before! I know what I’ll be snacking on late tonight!

  4. This looks delicious – buttery, salty and hot! A great combo. I’d have to say Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies is a childhood treat – although I wouldn’t be caught dead eating them now! But I dream about them every once and a while. 🙂

  5. Great post 🙂 I can relate to a certain amount, I miss Germany. A lot.
    I think probably one of my favorite treats from childhood are Pfannkuchen. German pancakes are nothing like American ones – they are large, egg-based, and you wrap them around fillings, crepe-style. So good, and unlike anything here!
    I’m not a popcorn fan, but I certainly have never tried it with hot sauce!

  6. What lovely memories of food and family! I love hot sauce and lime juice on popcorn as well. It’s a great combination of crunchy, salty, and spicy!

  7. The snacks I miss most from my Mexico Lindo y Querido are the chicharrones, the cucumbers and the jicama with limon and chile. I have to try the palomitas!!!

  8. Okay.. you officially made me drool a little when you described getting to the bottom of the bag so you could eat the soggy hot sauce soaked popcorn. No fair… I want some now. 🙂

  9. Palomitas con limon y chile are always a BIG hit at our house. We also like our popcorn topped with a little vinagre from canned jalapeños. So good! 🙂 Another favorite snack is chopped cucumber, jicama, and mango with lime juice and powdered chile! 🙂

  10. I understand your feeling Nancy! I feel the same way. I’m going back in May and i’m looking forward to it 😀 This popcorn and hot sauce, oh man, Keith would go crazy about this. These are his 2 favorite things!

  11. Wow… I’ve never tried popcorn with hot sauce before, but it makes sense! I love potato chips with hot sauce and I do that all the time, but never with popcorn! And the soggy, hot sauce soaked popcorn at the bottom of the bag sounds just fantastic to me 🙂 Great post, Nancy! And the pictures are as gorgeous as ever!

  12. OMG!!! I cannot wait to go to Mexico City and stuff my face with street foods and snacks!! This post just got me even more excited about it, if that’s possible. Yum. And congrats on Top 9!!

  13. mmmm i spent two summers in mexico and to this day, if i had to choose a country with the best food, mexico wins hands down. i still dream about those snacks too…paletas, palomitas, pastel tres leches, frutas con chile, quesadillas, esquites and elotes, etc. etc. i must have gained ten pounds with every trip! no regrets!

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