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


  • 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


  • 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.


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 Products from Bluewater Pepper Farm

As promised in my previous post, I’m thrilled to announce my new Sweet Smoked Paprika and Cranny Pepper Sauce products are now for sale! If you are a little shy of the heat, these are for you.

I make the smoked paprika from super sweet shepherd peppers using apple and maple smoke. I think you’ll love the result, a deep smoke flavour that will add savoury sweet and a nice dash of colour to whatever you’re making. Since there’s no heat, add as much as you like without fear! Pair this paprika with my Hot Smokey Chipotle, and you can dial up the heat as much as you want. Like all my spices, it come in an eco-friendly, resealable packet.

Sweet Smoked Paprika

Bluewater Pepper Farm Sweet Smoked Paprika adds smoke, sweet and colour to any dish

I call my Cranny Pepper Sauce the “All Canadian” hot sauce. Made with fresh cranberries, sweet and hot peppers, spices and maple syrup, it has a nice balance of savoury, sweet and acid with a shot of heat at the end. Like my Hellfire Habanero sauce, this one is fermented in small batches to develop flavour and natural vinegar. My tasters raved about it, and I hope you’ll love it too.

Cranny Pepper Sauce

You’ll find lots of ways to use our Cranny Pepper Sauce with it’s balance of mild heat, sweet, acid and spices.

On top of my new products, there’s fresh stock of Mexican chilies, oregano, Jerk Chipotle Seasoning, and more. Watch for a new batch of Hellfire Habanero soon. In the meantime, there’s a few bottles left for sale online and at Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market in Bayfield and Bad Apple Brewing Company just north of St. Joseph.

Bluewater Pepper Farm Products

Visit the store and check out the selection of spices and hard-to-find Mexican ingredients

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