Chile Spice Rub Recipe

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This rub is the reason we return over and over again to our favorite lunch spot in Burlington, Vermont: Penny Cluse Café. Although we prefer the blend of chiles given here, any combination of 12 dried chiles will give you a delicious, spicy result. Use on: Extra-firm tofu, shrimp, scallops, salmon, mahi-mahi, chicken, pork, beef, lamb

1 cup

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


4 dried New Mexico chiles
4 dried cascabel chiles
4 dried ancho chiles
1/2 cup cumin seeds
1/4 cup dried oregano
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons kosher salt


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Stem and seed chiles. Spread them on a small baking sheet and roast until fragrant, about 4 minutes.

Transfer to a medium bowl.

Spread cumin seeds on the baking sheet and roast until smoking and very fragrant, about 6 minutes. Stir in oregano and roast for 2 minutes more. Add to the bowl with the chiles, then add paprika and salt; stir to combine. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and process until the mixture is finely ground.

Measure out 2 tablespoons of the rub. Using your hands, rub it evenly onto 1 1/2 pounds (6 servings) of your chosen protein just before grilling.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Follow the marinating times, cooking times and temperatures below for juicy, perfect grilling results.

30 minutes to overnight
2-3 minutes per side

30 minutes
3-5 minutes per side

CHICKEN BREAST boneless, skinless
2 hours to overnight
6-8 minutes per side; 165°F

CHICKEN THIGHS boneless, skinless
2 hours to overnight
6-8 minutes per side; 165°F

CHICKEN THIGHS bone-in, skinless
2 hours to overnight
15-25 minutes, turning occasionally; 165°F

DUCK BREAST boneless, skinless
2 hours to overnight
4-8 minutes per side; 150°F

PORK CHOPS bone-in, 3/4" thick
2 hours to overnight
3-4 minutes per side; 145°F

2 hours to overnight
14-16 minutes, turning occasionally; 145°F

2 hours to overnight
6-8 minutes per side; 140°F for medium

STRIP STEAK bone-in, 3/4"-1" thick
2 hours to overnight
4-5 minutes per side; 140°F for medium

2 hours to overnight
5-6 minutes per side; 145°F for medium

*All cooking times based on medium-high grill temperature and cooking with the grill lid closed.


Per teaspoon: 8 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 121 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium.

Exchanges: free food

From EatingWell:  May/June 2007 

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Garlic Lover's Rub
Spicy barbecue rub
Turkey Dry Rub
Beef or Pork Dry Rub
Best Rib Rub
Brisket Rub

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