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Garlic Guajillo Steak Recipe

The BEST Garlic Guajillo Steak Recipe you’ll ever make and eat. Thinly sliced sirloin tip steak tossed with guajillo powder and seasoning then cooked in a hot skillet and tossed in a mixture of melted butter, cilantro, lemon juice, and garlic. These Garlic Guajillo Steak Tacos are quick and easy to make and will rival Chipotle’s Garlic Guajillo Steak recipe. A quick no marinade recipe that uses a quick to make dry rub recipe.

For more steak recipes, try this Air Fryer Steak Bites recipe, or this Pepper Steak Stir Fry.

Garlic Guajillo Steak Tacos served in yellow corn tortillas and topped with cilantro and white onions with lime.

Garlic Guajillo Steak seared in a hot skillet and finished off with a rich garlic butter sauce. This classic Mexican steak recipe has gained in popularity and spread across the United States thanks to Chipotle featuring it on its restaurant menu. This copy cat recipe has a unique and delicious flavor that is rich and smoky in flavor and features juicy and moist steak.

This homemade version is inspired by Chipotle’s Garlic Guajillo Steak is tastier than the restaurant version and has a superior flavor that can be recreated with simple ingredients. The classic Mexican steak is so easy to make at home and can be ready in less than 20 minutes. At only a fraction of the cost, you’ll be making this recipe over and over again for years to come.

Mexican Garlic Guajillo Steak chopped into strips and served on a wooden cutting board. Tossed in a garlic butter cilantro sauce.

How to Make Garlic Guajillo Steak

  1. Mix guajillo powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Cut beef into 1-inch wide by 4-inch stripes.
  3. Toss with seasoning.
  4. Sear in a hot skillet until golden brown.
  5. Melt butter and stir in garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt.
  6. Pour garlic butter sauce over steak and toss together.
  7. Serve steak in a tortilla with cilantro, onions, and hot sauce.

Making Your Own Guajillo Powder

Making your own guajillo powder is easy to do. Dried guajillo peppers can be purchased at most grocery stores in the dried pepper aisle or the international aisle. In addition, the dried peppers can be purchased at a Mexican grocery store or online at places like amazon. In addition to the dried peppers, a coffee grinder or spice grinder is needed to pulverize the peppers into a fine powder. To make your own guajillo powder, follow the steps below. I highly suggest using food prep gloves to eliminate the burning effects of spicy capsaicin seeping into the skin.

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut down the length of the dried pepper with a sharp knife. Alternatively, cut the top 1-inch off the pepper and roll and twist it upside down over a trash can to loosen and remove the seeds.
  2. Shake out or remove the seeds. The seeds contain a significate amount of capsaicin. This is where the hot spice or heat of the pepper comes from.
  3. Cut or tear the pepper into smaller pieces.
  4. Place the peppers into a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder.
  5. Pour ground spices into a fine mesh strainer or sieve and sift the spices into a small bowl.
  6. Repeat process until you have enough ground guajillo powder to use in the recipe.
Chipotle Garlic Guajillo Steak in yellow corn tortillas with chopped cilantro, diced onions, and limes.

Guajillo Steak Ingredients

BEEF: Chipotle uses sirloin tip steak to make their famous garlic guajillo steak. I am also using the same cut of beef to make a copycat garlic guajillo steak recipe version. Other cuts of beef that may be used include skirt steak or beef tenderloin.

GUAJILLO POWDER: Guajillo is a type of smoky chili pepper that’s popular in Mexican cooking. It is moderately hot but is much more mild in spiciness when the seeds are removed. The powder version can be found online at places like amazon or in grocery stores and especially in Mexican grocery stores. The pepper can also be purchased dried and grinded into a powder with the use of a spice grinder.

SEASONING: Garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

LEMON JUICE: Citrus juice such as lemon juice or lime juice is used to brighten and enhance the flavor of the steak recipe.

GARLIC: Garlic greatly enhances the flavor of guajillo steak. It has a strong, sharp, spicy taste. I use garlic powder to dry season the steak as well as use freshly minced or zested garlic in a butter sauce to finish off the dish. Garlic flavor is much stronger in its raw form verses cooking it. Each bite of this Mexican steak is sure to pack a rich garlic flavor.

CILANTRO: Cilantro has many uses in Mexican dishes. It’s also a classic taco topping, along with onions. Cilantro is an herb and is a part of the parsley family. It adds a unique taste to popular Mexican dishes. Even if you are not a fan of cilantro, try adding just a little bit of it to finish the dish. My mom, who does not like cilantro, wasn’t able to notice the stubble addition of it in this dish.

BUTTER: Serving steak with a pat of butter is nothing new. I’ve taken that same culinary concept and have applied it to this recipe. In addition, I add a few ingredients to the butter to enhance the flavors of this Mexican dish even more. The richness of the butter not only adds flavor but adds moistness to the meat. It also serves as the perfect vehicle to evenly coat the Mexican steak with additional spices, herbs, and citrus juice.

Chipotle Garlic Guajillo Steak seared and tossed in a garlic butter sauce. Text in center reads garlic guajillo chipotle copycat recipe steak. Another image of the guajillo steak in tacos and served with cilantro and onions and limes.

How to Serve Guajillo Steak

Flavorful ingredient additions: Traditionally, garlic guajillo steak is served in a taco or eaten alone and served with Mexican rice and refried beans. I like to serve guajillo steak in a corn tortilla with chopped cilantro. diced onions, and hot sauce.

  • cilantro
  • onions
  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • Mexican cheese
  • lime juice
  • corn tortilla or flour tortilla
  • black beans or pinto beans
  • cilantro lime rice
  • Mexican rice
  • hot sauce

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Savory guajillo steak tacos, featuring steak wrapped in a corn tortilla, garnished with white onion and cilantro, arranged on a wooden cutting board with fresh lime wedges.

Garlic Guajillo Steak Recipe

The BEST Garlic Guajillo Steak Recipe you'll ever make and eat. Thinly sliced sirloin tip steak tossed with guajillo powder and seasoning then cooked in a hot skillet and tossed in a mixture of melted butter, cilantro, lemon juice, and garlic. These Garlic Guajillo Steak Tacos are quick and easy to make and will rival Chipotle's Garlic Guajillo Steak recipe.
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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 196 kcal


  • 1.75 lb sirloin tip steak
  • tbsp guajillo powder
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or zested
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter melted


  • 9 corn tortillas
  • cilantro chopped
  • 1 white onion diced
  • hot sauce


  • Cut steak into 1-inch wide by 4-inch stripes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together guajillo powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt together.
  • Sprinkle seasoning over steak and toss together until the beef is evenly coated.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Pour in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil into the skillet per batch of meat.
  • Add beef to skillet. Do not crowd the pan or the steak will steam instead of sear. You may need to repeat the process in batches. I usually wipe away the oil after each batch with a paper towel.
  • Sear beef until golden brown on each side; about 4-8 minutes.
  • Place steak into a large bowl. Remove any excess liquid.
  • Melt butter in microwave.
  • Stir in cilantro, garlic, salt, and lemon juice.
  • Pour over steak and toss together.
  • Serve garlic guajillo steak in a warm corn or flour tortilla with chopped cilantro and chopped white onions or in a bowl with cilantro lime rice and black beans.


Recipe nutrition is based on serving the steak in corn tortillas. 


Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 21gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 83IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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