Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
From La Parilla: The Mexican Grill cookbook. You can make this into fajitas by sprinkling 3 T. of this rub on a 2 lb. skirt steak, add a small white chopped onion, then add 1/2 cup dark beer, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Marinate for up to 1/2 hour. This makes a lot of rub!
- 1⁄4 cup dried Mexican oregano
- 1⁄4 cup corn oil
- 5 dried chipotle chiles, stemmed, seeded, and deveined (wear rubber gloves)
- 5 ancho chilies, seeded and deveined (wear rubber gloves)
- 25 garlic cloves
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarse salt
- In a small heavy skillet dry-roast oregano over moderate heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes, and transfer to a small bowl. Cool oregano completely and in an electric coffee/spice grinder grind fine.
- In a heavy skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and, using tongs, fry chiles, 1 to 2 at a time, turning them, until puffed and just beginning to brown, about 10 seconds. (Do not let chiles burn or rub will be bitter.) Transfer chiles as fried to paper towels to drain and cool until crisp.
- Wearing rubber gloves, break chiles into pieces and in coffee/spice grinder grind fine in batches. In a food processor grind oregano and chiles with garlic and salt until mixture is a shaggy, saltlike consistency. If mixture seems moist, on a large baking sheet spread it into a thin, even layer and dry in middle of an oven set at lowest temperature until no longer moist, about 1 hour. Wearing rubber gloves, break up any lumps with your fingers. (Chipotle rub keeps in an airtight container, chilled, 6 months. Regrind rub before using.).