Chipotle Steak spice

With it’s deep smoke, heat and sweet, chipotle is a natural ingredient to make a great steak spice. In this post, I’ll give you inspiration for making your own steak spice blend using Bluewater Pepper Farm Hot Smokey Chipotle along with our Sweet Smoked Paprika and other herbs and spices.

Don’t be afraid to tinker with the quantities and build your own custom blend. I like the texture of the dried minced onion and garlic but you can use powder if that’s what you have on hand. If you’re not a cumin lover, cracked black pepper is also terrific.

Season the meat an hour or so before you start cooking. This allows it to come up to room temperature and also lets the salt work it’s magic. I like to add some extra salt – the recipe is low salt by design. Put a generous coating of seasoning on both sides and the edges too. Use your fingers to press the seasoning into the steak.

filet with mushroom-pepper sautee and baked potato
Filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms and peppers with a baked potato

Whether you’re cooking on a BBQ grill or on the stovetop, be sure to start out with high heat to get a nice sear on both sides for about 2 minutes each. Finish it off at a lower temperature, either on a cooler part of the grill or in a pre-heated oven until the steak reaches your desired level of doneness. A cast iron pan works great by the way.

Finally, take it off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes before tucking in. It will cook a bit more while resting, so take it off the heat a few minutes before it’s completely cooked to your liking.

Chipotle Steak Spice

Chipotle and smoked paprika combine with herbs, salt and spices to make a delicious steak seasoning
Keyword Hot Smokey Chipotle powder, steak spice, sweet smoked paprika
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Hot Smokey Chipotle
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt substitute any coarse grained salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried minced onion onion flakes or powder are great too
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated dried garlic use garlic powder instead if you like

Instructions

  • Blend all the ingredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  • Store in an air-tight jar or spice bottle. This recipe makes about a 1/4 cup.

Notes

Treat the recipe as a guideline. This makes a mildly spicy seasoning. Adjust the heat by adding more or less chipotle powder.
The salt in this recipe is intended to be low so you’re in control. Add a little extra when you season the meat if you like.
If you’re not a fan of cumin, sub in cracked black pepper instead. 
You can also include dried herbs like Mexican oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary or whatever you like.
Season your steaks an hour or so before cooking, and allow them come up to room temperature. 
While it’s tempting to start eating them right away, let them rest for 5 minutes or so after taking them off the heat.
 

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New! Chipotle Chili powder

I’ve been experimenting with Chipotle Chili powder blends for many years. Now you can buy some for yourself from our store. Use it to make chili con carne, season taco fillings, create a taco sauce, grill meats and much more.

Our Chipotle Chili powder is blended from the finest ingredients, including our own Hot Smokey Chipotle we make ourselves from Ontario jalapenos. We marry that with imported ancho, guajillo and cascabel chilies and top quality Mexican oregano, cumin and garlic. Each batch is processed and blended by hand, then sealed in a convenient 30g zip-lock packet to preserve freshness.

In Mexican cuisine, a myriad of different types of chilies are used to make all types of regional dishes. Ripened chilies are dried and often smoked, developing complex flavours you won’t find anywhere else. Furthermore, every type of chili has a distinct flavour and heat profile, some mild and others fiery hot. To use them they are typically toasted a bit, then ground into spice powder or re-hydrated to make adobos. marinades and dressings.

Unfortunately, it’s rare to find quality chilies in Canadian supermarkets, but a high quality chili powder is the next best thing. Few of us have the time or ingredients to start from scratch anyhow. When cooking with Chili powder, you’ll extract maximum flavour by heating it in a little oil or on browning meat before adding any liquid ingredients. Make the aroma bloom!

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Bluewater Pepper Farm Chipotle chili powder

Our Chipotle Chili powder produces mild heat, but you can kick it up with more chipotle, hot sauce, cayenne, etc. There’s no salt added, so you control the seasoning.

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Jerk Chipotle Seasoning

Real Jerk seasoning – buy it here!

You can now get my Jerk Chipotle seasoning from the Pepper Farm shop! If you crave the taste of authentic Jamaican jerk chicken, then you’ll love this spice blend. I make it by hand from the finest spices and herbs, including fresh ground Jamaican nutmeg, pimento, and cinnamon. A healthy shot of my Bluewater Pepper Farm Hot Smokey Chipotle, delivers the flavour usually associated with the long, slow bbq that makes genuine jerk. Follow my recipe to make jerk marinade for chicken or pork.

Hey, don’t stop there, this spice blend makes an exotic rub to enhance a range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Try using it in vegan burgers, meat rubs, spreads and casseroles. This blend has a mild to medium heat level, with the chipotle lending some fire.

I’ve tried jerk spice blends you can buy at the supermarket, but I’ve found they tend to fall short on flavour (some bordering on insipid). That’s likely because the first ingredient is salt, and the other ingredients are sourced with low cost in mind rather than quality. This product contains NO salt. You’re in control of the sodium and you only pay for top quality spice!

I’ve been testing various formulations of jerk seasoning for a few years now and I’m confident people will love this blend. I grind the whole spices as needed during processing so you aren’t buying stale stuff! Sealed in a convenient zip-lock package, you’re guaranteed maximum freshness.