Garlic Guajillo Recipe

Savor the bold flavors of Garlic Guajillo Steak with our fresh twist on this copycat recipe.


3/20/20242 min read

a wooden cutting board topped with sliced up meat
a wooden cutting board topped with sliced up meat

In our quest to recreate restaurant favorites at home, we have created this delectable copycat recipe for Garlic Guajillo Steak. Unlike traditional recipes that often call for dried or powdered garlic, we're sticking to our preference for the fresh stuff. The result? A flavor-packed dish that's bursting with the natural essence of garlic.

If you find yourself without guajillo chili powder, fear not! You can easily substitute it with another chilli powder of your choice. Guajillo is typically fruity and mild, so a chilli powder like aleppo is a good choice. You could also increase the amounts of smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin in the recipe below to substitute the guajillo, but you might compromise the depth of flavor.

Our recipe makes steak - plain and simple. What you do with these garlicky steaks is up to you. For a classic option, cut them into strips and serve in warm tortillas or rice bowls. Alternatively, serve with a green salad and generous drizzle of garlic dressing.

Now, let's dive into the recipe and unleash the savory goodness of Garlic Guajillo Steak:


  • 4 boneless beef steaks (such as ribeye or sirloin)

  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons guajillo chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Lemon, juice only

  • Cilantro for garnish

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, guajillo chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and ground cumin with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until well combined to create a flavorful marinade.

  2. Place the steaks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade over them, ensuring each steak is thoroughly coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.

  3. Preheat your grill or griddle pan to medium-high heat. Remove the steaks from the marinade.

  4. Grill the steaks for 4-5 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F (54-57°C).

  5. Once cooked to perfection, remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to mingle.

  6. Serve the Garlic Guajillo Steaks hot off the grill, with a squeeze of lemon juice and a few cilantro leaves. Pair them with your favorite sides and enjoy a mouthwatering meal bursting with flavor!