Chipotle cinnamon rub is a seasoning mix that works no matter the weather outside. The chipotle pepper powder (and pinch of cayenne) provides a smoky heat, while the cinnamon adds that comforting sweet warmth that’s so loved during cooler months.
Use it as a rub with pork, chicken, or beef, or simply sprinkle it after grilling to add a little oomph to your cut of meat. Don’t stop with this seasoning as just a meat rub. It’s delicious sprinkled over French fries, added to ground beef for Mexican meals (tacos, enchiladas, etc), or simply sprinkled on eggs!
Like this spicy seasoning recipe? You’ll love these too:
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- Homemade Creole Seasoning: Delicious with many Southern dishes, and it uses many common spice rack spices.
- Chili Lime Seasoning: Tasty with fruit, among many other uses! Note: NOT a Tajin copycat – many more ingredients.
Love smoky heat? This chili powder duo provides plenty of it. Both medium-heat: Ground chipotle (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units) and chile de arbol (15,000 to 30,000 SHU). They're perfect for dry rubs or finishing spices for BBQ and red meats.
Chipotle Cinnamon Rub
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
- Pinch cayenne pepper powder
- Pinch black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Taste a small amount and adjust proportions accordingly. Want it sweeter? Add more brown sugar. Want it spicier? Increase the chipotle (will add smokiness too) or cayenne pepper powder.
- Use immediately as a rub for pork and chicken or store in an airtight jar for future use.