Grilled Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

These ribeyes came about when our good friend Big Charlie (one of two other fully grown Charlies in our lives, both known as Big Charlie in case we get confused thinking someone is referring to our own Little Charlie) was coming to dinner.

When Big Charlie M. is coming over, he is not looking for me to experiment with a Radicchio and Endive Salad or a Sesame-Honey Quinoa Salad with Avocado.  He is looking for meat, preferably steak.  And my guys aren’t going to argue.

Mexican Steak Rub / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

And a grilled rib eye totally fits the bill.  Manly rib eye steaks meet robust Mexican seasonings, and the scent of testosterone wafting through the air is just that extra ingredient that makes these steaks all the more flavorful.

I served this up with a cheesy Pattypan Squash Gratin (recipe coming soon!), but if this idea appeals to you you can try this Baby Zucchini Gratin recipe in the meanwhile.

After you smear the steaks with this flavorful Mexican seasoning-rub-meets-marinade mixture, let the meat sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, or if you have the time sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours for the flavors of the rub/marinade to fully penetrate.  You can leave them in for up to 6 hours if you like; do allow the steaks to come to room temperature before grilling.

Ribeye Steaks / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

When you are cooking a steak that is 1-inch thick, or less, you will probably only want to flip the steaks once, so that the outside can get nice and charry and grill-marked, but without allowing the steaks to overcook.

The most accurate way to tell if a steak is cooked to your liking is to use a meat thermometer. Rare is 120°F, medium-rare is 130°F, medium is 140°F, and well-done (which makes many people angry) is 150°F.

Of course, you can always make a small cut into the middle of the steak with a knife but ideally you won’t have to cut into the steak until it has come off the flame and rested for several minutes to reabsorb the juices.

Grilled Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks with Baby Pattypan Squash Gratin / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

What to Serve These Grilled Rib Steaks With:

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Mexican RibEye / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

Grilled Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks

Thick ribeye steaks get a dusting of a robust Mexican seasoning blend before being fired up on the grill.
Yield: 8 People
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 16-ounce 1-inch thick boneless rib eye steaks
  • lime wedges for serving


  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Place the steaks in a large container or bowl and pour the mixture over the steaks, smearing the mixture over the surface of the steaks to coat well. Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, or better still marinate in the fridge for about 2 hours, allowing the steaks to come to room temperature before grilling.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high. Grill the steaks, until slightly charred and medium-rare, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let sit for 3 or 4 minutes before slicing across the grain.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 3mg

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