Lucy’s Chile Rub

3 tablespoons ancho chile powder

3 tablespoons pasilla chile powder

2 tablespoons guajillo chile powder

2 tablespoons granulated garlic

1 tablespoon ground cumin

3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar


Combine all of the ingredients in a large spice jar. Cover and shake until well blended.


Makes almost a cup. Keeps for several months tightly sealed in the pantry. Season the item with salt first, then sprinkle generously or even coat with the rub, patting it gently so that it adheres. Don’t be afraid to use lots, it’s not too hot! Ancho, pasilla, and guajillo chile powders, which all bring distinct flavors to the mix, can be found at most gourmet grocery stores, Mexican markets, and online.