Add that popular smoky chipotle taste to your cooking today with this easy chipotle seasoning. Use it as a rub on meat or a salad for a great spicy. Make your custom mix modified for your needs.
Introduction and My Rating
This is another of my "breakout" rub/seasoning recipes. I created this for my wife's favorite salad, Chipotle Chicken Salad, and I needed seasoning for the chicken with a little heat but not much.
Since it is a great taste that can be used in many places, it makes a great seasoning you can have on hand for many seasonings.
While I used this on a baked chicken, it would be good for almost any meat. If used on a grilling recipe, I would add a tablespoon of brown sugar. I like a little char on my grilled meat.
A very, very nice rub. A high 4 to low 5. I like the taste, so I went with the five.
🌶️So What is Chipotle?
Simply stated, it is smoke-dried jalapeño. So it adds some smokey heat.
Jalapeno is not the hottest of peppers, so the heat is tolerable for most of us gringos. While many recipes will call for canned chipotle, I tend to use dried since I frequently can not find the cans or there is more in the can than I need for a "cooking for two" size recipe.
🌶️Chipotle Pepper Grind
Chipotle pepper grind is not the same as chipotle chili powder. While the chipotle pepper grind is just dried chipotle peppers, the chipotle chili powder can be like other chili powders with multiple other ingredients. Read the ingredients.
Various brands will be called by other similar but not the same names. Chipotle pepper grind is the Penzeys name.
And as an interesting note. During the research, I found several chipotle recipes that had no chipotle of any type, very interesting.
The included ingredients are fairly typical—garlic and onion powder, cumin, some chili powder, paprika, cumin, along with salt and pepper.
There is not sugar. But if you are going to use this as on rub on ribs or something where some crusting would be good, add the optional brown sugar.
Use it as a rub for chicken, pork, and seafood most commonly but also seafood and roasted veggies. It can be sprinkled on almost any food you want for a spicy boost.
This is a very tasty mild heat, but add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to spice it up to your taste.
If you are using this as a rub on something like ribs, add some brown sugar to produce some crusting. Use an equal amount to the volume of other spices.
While on the topic of sugar, if you are storing this with the optional sugar, do not freeze and be very careful to store air-tight.
📖Other Spice Mixes
Chipotle Dry Rub
- 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper ground
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar - if using as a rub
- Mix well
- Store in an airtight container.
- Chipotle pepper grind is not the same as chipotle chili powder.
- When I use this on a grilling recipe, I add the optional brown sugar. I like a little char on my grilled meat.
- The heat is mild but tasty. Increase the heat with the optional cayenne pepper.
- Store in the dark and air-tight. 2-3 months should be fine. Be careful if you add the brown sugar to keep it air-tight.
Originally Published August 16, 2015. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.