Spice Rubbed Southwest Steak Skewers (W30, Paleo, GF)

Quite the tongue twister, but delicious nonetheless. This recipe was a happy accident born out of whole30 boredom. (YES this recipe is whole30 and Paleo compliant.) A spice rub is my favorite way to flavor up any protein-its easy to control the amount of oil you use, and it doesnt take as long as a traditional marinade to impart flavor.

If you prefer a whole steak- try this rub on a great flat iron steak or a skirt steak. SO delicious.

We love these with a quick avocado salsa, some chimmichurri, with a side of roasted veggies, in a burrito bowl with some rice or cauliflower rice, or sliced up in a warm corn tortilla with all the fixins. You do you. Just make this, and tell me what you think.

This is unapologetic, in your face flavor.


  • Steak: NY Strips (we use 2 large ones for dinner, then leftovers) Use what ever cut of steak is your favorite for skewers. Keep in mind that a thicker, sturdier steak works better on skewers- they cook FAST.
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Medium Lime
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp  chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, place all of your diced steak. (Keep the pieces on the larger side, maybe 2-3 inches) Pour in the avocado oil, zest the lime and squeeze in lime juice, and mix well (with your hands or a spoon), making sure each piece of steak is coated so the spice rub can stick.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all the spices. Sprinkle the spice mixture into the larger bowl with the diced steak, oil and lime juice. Use your hands to mix the beef and spices well until each piece is coated with a layer of the spice/oil and lime juice. Cover with plastic wrap and place the bowl in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 hours.
  3. When you are ready to grill, place the steak onto skewers (we use metal skewers that are dishwasher safe), and make sure there is about a half an inch between the steak pieces.
  4. Preheat grill to 375 degrees and cook for 5 1/2 to 6 minutes (more or less depending on how done you want them.)
  5. Place skewers on a sheet pan and cover them entirely with foil to rest for at least 3 minutes. This lets the juices redistribute and the meat continues cooking slightly.

    When you are ready to eat, remove the meat from the skewer and squeeze lime juice over the top.

This meat is SO flavorful- my favorite meal to eat it with is guacamole, black beans and rice. Its also great chopped up and put in corn or flour tortillas with some onions and peppers. It makes a killer whole 30/paleo burrito bowl with some Cauliflower Rice and roasted veggies.

Enjoy this one. (also, an ice cold margarita is encouraged while grilling/eating this dish.)





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