Chili Powder Rub Recipes

With summer grilling season finally upon us, there are few things more important than a good rub recipe. And the only thing better than a good rub recipe is a good spicy rub recipe! This got us thinking: we love cayenne as much as the next spice peddler, but it has been the default chili powder for far too long. There is literally a whole world full of chilis out there, and their wide range of flavors can make for some amazing additions to your culinary arsenal. That's why we've set out to gather some awesome chili powder rub recipes from around the web, highlighting a variety of different peppers (yes, even cayenne). Check them out below!

Ancho Steak Rub

From: Food and Wine

The perfect steak calls for the perfect seasoning. This rub recipe has just the right amount of heat to offset the richness of a well-marbled steak

Memphis Rib Rub w/ Paprika and Cayenne

From: The Spruce Eats

Memphis ribs are traditionally serviced sans sauce, but are well-seasoned with a dry rub like this. To really take it to the next level, experiment with our different paprikas.

Chile Dry Rub Grilled Chicken w/ Spicy Pickled Onions

From: La Piña en la Cocina

This recipe is specifically for grilled chicken, but the smoky, sweet rub made with both Ancho and Guajillo powders also makes the perfect complement to your favorite pork dish.

Jalapeno Seasoning


This simple-but-delicious blend makes the perfect rub for a grilled skirt steak, or a great all-around seasoning for a variety of Mexican dishes.

Pasilla Rub for Chicken or Pork

From: Dinners Swerved

Pasilla is chile that is on the mild end of the heat scale, but huge on flavor. It has a dark, fruity sweetness and a chocolate note. This recipe balances the pasilla powder with a few other spices to make the perfect rub for chicken or pork.

Spicy Thai Seasoning

From: PepperScale

This spicy rub with Thai Chili Powder at its heart is the perfect partner for steak or shrimp.

Ancho Guajillo Dry Rub

From: Humble Recipes

This incredibly versatile rub can be blended up with just a few simple ingredients, and will add just the right amount of heat and smokiness to any meal.

BBQ Rub Recipe

From: Dinner at the Zoo

This classic barbecue rub recipe calls for cayenne, but you can make it your own by substituting (or adding) any of our many chili powders.