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Anita’s Everyday Magic Spice Rub

Anita's Everyday Magic Spice Rub

Anita’s Everyday Magic Spice Rub is amazingly versatile and adds awesome flavor to just about any meats and main dishes. Great for grilling!

Planning a cookout for July 4? My Everyday Magic Spice Rub is a remarkable way to spruce up a number of dishes, is great for grilling, and goes with any kind of meat. Try it on chicken, steaks, burgers, fish. And it is also great on grilled vegetables. And it’s so easy to make.

I just made a cheeseburger with it today. The rub adds a well-rounded flavor that is a bit subtle and blends in well with the dish – in other words, it doesn’t come across so much as a rub, but more like enhanced flavor for the dish. I make it with hot Chimayo Chili powder that I get from the local chile vendors. It comes from Chimayo and is the standard for great chili powder. But any brand that you get in the grocery store will do a good job. Just be aware that dark chili powder is not the same as chili powder. Dark chili powder is a combination of spices (chili pepper, paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, etc.), while chili powder is just chili powder and silicon dioxide (to help avoid clumping).

I keep this in a jar and use it when I throw chicken on the grill or sautee up some ground beef mixture or whatever. Experiment with it – you’ll like it!

Anita's Everyday Magic Spice Rub
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A versatile, robust spice mix great on any meat, fish, and in casseroles and vegetable dishes.
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: ⅔ cup
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot Chimayo chili powder (any will do, if not available)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp minced, dried onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Blend all ingredients. Use on meats, vegetables, casseroles.


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