Chipotle is a fairly popular flavor these days, often seen in Mexican dishes. Many recipes with Chipotle will call for you to use a little can of chipotle peppers that are packed in a sauce. Though I do like the unique smoky flavor these peppers contribute, I almost always find it to be too overpowering in dishes for my taste, perhaps because the flavors are so concentrated in the canned peppers.
Then I decided to try Ground Chipotle Pepper- found in your spices at the grocery store. Basically, it’s the same product in different form. It’s just dried chipotle peppers, ground up! I have enjoyed this much more- still achieving the smoky flavor, but now not so overpowering.
So, this steak rub lends a hint of that great smoky chipotle to your beef with a nice spicy kick, too!
I think some my kids thought the steaks were a little bit too spicy. (though they did eat them, I will note!) But Tim and I loved the flavor and the spiciness level, too!
Here’s what you need:
I used all of this rub on six medium-sized rib eye steaks
- 2 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 small pinches of crushed red pepper flakes
In a small bowl, combine all of the spices. Stir together. Rinse your meat and arrange on a baking sheet or platter. Sprinkle the spices over the steaks and lightly rub into the beef. Flip the steaks and repeat. You may not use all of the rub mixture, depending on the size of your steaks. As mentioned, I was preparing six medium-sized rib-eyes, and did use all of it.
Allow this to sit for a few minutes before beginning to grill. (I would say at least 15 minutes- just to allow the flavors time to soak in a little bit. Obviously, even longer would be great, if you manage to remember earlier in the day) 🙂
When your grill is ready, add your steaks. Try to only grill each side once, instead of flipping over and over again. I feel this keeps them juicier. Grill until you reach your desired done-ness. For me, that was 4 or 5 minutes per side. They were medium-well.
Allow the steaks to rest for a few minutes, and then dig in!