Chipotle Spice Rub…Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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All-purpose rub that balances sweet, smoky and spicy for vegetables and meat.

Gift from the kitchen: chipotle spice rub

Roasted sweet potatoes tossed in chipotle spice rub

For those who might be new to my blog, I’m doing a series of Gifts From the Kitchen as we all ramp up for the holidays. These are gifts you can use for a gift exchange with family or friends, or bring to a dinner party for an easy and useful hostess gift.

Truthfully, all these gifts are great ANY time of year, not just just for the holidays – for example this spice rub is a great gift during the summer BBQ season! As we all know, a nicely balanced rub can elevate a very simple dish of ribs to something very special.

Feel free to create your own rub for the level of spiciness you prefer, but my husband and I both like spicy food, so this rub is one I use a lot year-round for both steak and veggies. In fact, it’s the same spice mix I used on my recipe for Broiled Spicy Steak with Garlic Chips on a Gorgonzola Crostini that I entered into a recipe development contest a couple years ago on FOOD52 that made runner-up status against a lot of other great-tasting contenders.

Spice rub for meats or veggies

Chipotle spice rub for both veggies and meats

Chipotle Spice Rub


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (Mexican oregano in particular is a great choice here)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika (Pimenton de la Vera is by far my favorite)

Making It…

  1. Combine all spices in the bowl of a mortar and pestle and lightly mash them together.
  2. Pour into a nice gift container.
  3. Tie a cord or ribbon around it, strung through a small card with the recipe for the spice mix.
Roasted Spicy Yams

Spicy roasted sweet potatoes

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons (or to taste) Chipotle Spice Mix
  • 1 tablespoon shelled pumpkin seeds

Making It…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Peel the potatoes and cut into medium-sized cubes. Toss in olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle the potatoes with the Chipotle Spice Mix, toss again, place on a baking sheet, and roast for 30 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Serve warm with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds.
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    • says

      Ah well, all water under the bridge now. It’s still my husband’s favorite way for me to make him a steak dinner. Sometimes I sneak a bite – just to make sure the steak is done enough, you know. A sacrifice I make for his dinner 🙂

  1. Sylvia Certo says

    Ciao Susan
    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables combined with your chipotle spice mixture
    sounds scrumptious.
    Iam loving your blog!!!

    Felice giorno del ringraziamento,


  2. Eric Herot says

    I found your spice rub when looking for something to go on some green beans with a sweet potato pasta dish. I added a bunch of nutmeg to it and sauteed the green beans in it (in olive oil and bacon fat–shhhhh!) and it was awesomely delicious.

    Thanks for posting it!


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