posted March 10, 2022
This Chipotle Seasoning is a nice, spicy seasoning that tastes great on steak, chicken, and so much more! Sweet from the brown sugar, and spicy from the chili powder and ground chipotle peppers, this is a great rub to have on hand when you want to branch out from the same old thing.
What is Chipotle Seasoning?
The way that this chipotle seasoning stands out from the rest comes from one key ingredient: ground chipotle peppers. Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeno peppers that are often used in Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes.
By mixing the ground chipotle peppers with other spices (and a bit of brown sugar for some much-needed sweetness), you now have a perfectly balanced, spicy rub.
So the next question becomes, where do I get ground chipotle peppers? There are a few options available if you’re looking to make this recipe. First, you can purchase dried chipotle peppers and grind the peppers yourself. This takes a little extra work, but it’ll work just great. Second, many stores sell chipotle pepper powder or ground chipotle chile seasoning. This is what I used in this recipe, and it’s already prepared and easy to measure.
Oh, and sorry, no substitutes for this chipotle powder. If you can’t find these in your local grocery store, online retailers are also a good option.
This chipotle seasoning is great on meat, but you can use it in just about any recipe that calls for a nice, spicy seasoning. Chicken, seafood, veggies, and more would taste amazing with a hefty sprinkle of this seasoning.
This seasoning can also be adjusted for more or less heat. Half the chili powder and omit the ground cayenne pepper if you’re wanting something milder. If you really want this seasoning to pack a punch, add in the cayenne pepper (and increase as desired). You can expect this rub to pack a good punch now.
This chipotle seasoning is quick and easy to make – simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl. I like to have a fork on hand to break up any clumps in the seasoning. Once everything is mixed, you’re ready to use immediately or store for later use. I like to stock up on these glass spice bottles so I can keep all my homemade seasonings and spices organized.
Ingredients for Chipotle Seasoning
Before diving into making this seasoning at home, take note of the ingredients needed for this rub. You might have to stop by the store prior to mixing all the ingredients.
- Brown Sugar
- Black Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ground Chipotle Chiles (or Chipotle Pepper Powder)
- Ground Cayenne Pepper (optional for added heat)
Chipotle Seasoning for Steak
This chipotle seasoning tastes amazing on steak. I particularly enjoy it on Skirt Steak. In fact, my recipe for skirt steak on this site uses this exact chipotle seasoning. Due to its thickness and size, this meat takes on marinades and dry rub well.
Oh, and this chipotle seasoning tastes AMAZING in carne asada, adding in a perfect blend of spices and heat. You can also try this seasoning on other cuts of steak as well; it’ll add a nice flavor and bit of heat to any steak. And it doesn’t end there! This chipotle seasoning tastes amazing in just about any Mexican-style recipe you have.
More Seasoning Recipes
While a simple blend of salt and pepper can go a long way, I love experimenting with bold flavors and making my own rubs and seasonings at home. If you’re looking to expand your seasoning arsenal with homemade seasonings, check out these great seasoning recipes from Hey Grill Hey.
If you’d rather have some amazing Hey Grill Hey Signature Rubs delivered straight to your door, the store is stocked full to supply you with all the best seasonings for beef, chicken, and more!
Chipotle Seasoning Recipe
Follow the recipe below and let’s make something delicious! I’m all about helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a BBQ hero. If you want to see more of my recipes, tips, and behind-the-scenes action, follow along on my social channels. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!
This post was originally published in October 2019. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chiles
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
- Make the seasoning. Mix all ingredients for the chipotle seasoning in a bowl, using a fork to break apart any clumps.
- Use or store. Use the seasoning immediately, or transfer to an airtight glass container to store for up to 1 month.
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