Kola Nut Spice Rub


  • 1 dried New Mexico chile, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 dried guajillo chile, stemmed and seeded
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons ground fennel seeds
  • 1½ teaspoons kola nut powder


1. In a small skillet, toast the chiles over medium heat until fragrant, 2 minutes; transfer to a spice blender with the salt. Grind until the chiles are well incorporated into the salt, then transfer to a small bowl with the sugar.

2. To the skillet, add the remaining spices and toast until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chiles and stir to incorporate. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your pantry.


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