Grilled Chili Steak with Garlic-Lime Butter

Background and History

Grilled Chili Steak with Garlic-Lime Butter is a tantalizing fusion of bold flavors and succulent meat. Originating from the American Southwest, this dish combines the smoky heat of chili seasoning with the zesty brightness of garlic-lime butter, creating a mouthwatering experience that’s perfect for outdoor grilling adventures.


4 servings


  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 30 minutes (optional)
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes (if marinating)


  • 4 boneless beef steaks (such as ribeye, sirloin, or strip), about 8 oz (225g) each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For Garlic-Lime Butter:
    • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Zest of 1 lime
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
    • Salt to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
  • Place the steaks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them, ensuring they are evenly coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, if time allows.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • While the grill is heating, prepare the Garlic-Lime Butter by mixing softened butter, minced garlic, lime zest, lime juice, chopped cilantro (if using), and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Remove the steaks from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.
  • Grill the steaks for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  • Once the steaks are cooked to your liking, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Top each steak with a generous dollop of Garlic-Lime Butter before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 450
  • Total Fat: 33g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 35g


  • For extra flavor, you can add a squeeze of lime juice over the grilled steaks before serving.
  • Adjust the amount of chili powder according to your preference for heat.
  • Serve the steaks with your favorite sides, such as grilled vegetables or a fresh salad.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains garlic and dairy (butter). Adjust ingredients accordingly for allergies.

Should I put butter on my steak before grilling?

While it’s not necessary, some people like to add butter to their steak before grilling for extra flavor and moisture. Butter can enhance the richness of the steak, but it’s a matter of personal preference.

Why do chefs put butter on steak?

Chefs often put butter on steak to add richness, flavor, and moisture. The butter melts into the steak as it cooks, enhancing its taste and texture.

What kind of steak is good for chili?

Any steak with good marbling and flavor, such as ribeye, strip loin (New York strip), or sirloin, can be used for chili. These cuts provide a rich beefy flavor that complements the spices in chili.

How long to cook steak on the grill?

Cooking time for steak on the grill depends on factors like steak thickness and desired doneness. A general guideline is to cook steaks for about 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare, adjusting as needed based on preference and grill temperature.

What is the rule of 3 for grilling steaks?

The “rule of 3” for grilling steaks refers to flipping the steak three times during cooking. By flipping the steak frequently, it cooks more evenly and develops a better crust.

Do you grill a steak fast or slow?

It’s generally best to grill steak over medium to high heat for a relatively short amount of time. Cooking steak fast over high heat helps to sear the outside and lock in juices, resulting in a juicy and flavorful steak.

Is steak better on grill or pan?

Both grilling and pan-searing can produce delicious steak, but grilling often imparts a smokier flavor and charred exterior, while pan-searing can create a rich crust and juicy interior. It ultimately depends on personal preference and cooking method.

How to prepare steak for grilling?

To prepare steak for grilling, remove it from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature. Season the steak with salt, pepper, and any desired spices or marinades.

What is the best way to grill a steak?

The best way to grill a steak is to preheat the grill to medium-high heat, place the steak on the grill, and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the steak reaches your desired level of doneness.

Why put oil on steak before grilling?

Putting oil on steak before grilling helps prevent sticking and promotes even cooking. It also helps to enhance the flavor and appearance of the steak.

Should I grill steak with butter or oil?

Either butter or oil can be used to grill steak, depending on personal preference and desired flavor. Butter adds richness and flavor, while oil helps prevent sticking and promotes even cooking.

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