Red Chile Rub

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Red Chile Rub Spice Blend in Bowl

This chile rub is a staple in my pantry. One of our favorite uses of this rub is on the Red Chile Pork Tenderloin, you can find the recipe here.

For more of a South of the Border flavor on steaks, we use this red chili rub mixed with just a little bit of apple cider vinegar and rub that on the steak before grilling. It adds a unique and complex flavor to an otherwise simple steak. 

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Red Chile Rub

  • Author: Chad Kelley
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x


I make this in large batches to keep on hand for a quick add to last minute grilled chicken. I suggest you do the same.


  • 2 Tablespoons Ancho Chile Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Powder


  1. Mix it up well and then its ready to go!


Want this recipe in a larger scale? Send me an email and I will send you the large batch recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Spice Rubs
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
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Chad Kelley
Hi!! This is Chef Chad. I'm a former restaurant chef and turned stay-at-home dad. My wife Yvette and two amazing kids live in North Dallas and are Huge FC Dallas fans.