Chili Rubbed Steak with Avocado Crema

Want an easy low carb meal that is bound to impress? Look no further than this pan-seared chili rubbed steak recipe. Topped with a creamy avocado sauce, it’s a wonderful keto meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 421 kcal


Avocado Crema:

  • 1 ripe California Avocado
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic coarsely chopped
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Chili Rubbed Steak:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne optional, for extra heat
  • 2 medium New York strip steaks 1 inch thick, 12 ounces each, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp butter


Avocado Crema:

  1. Add the avocado, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and blend again until well combined. Set aside.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne.
  2. Pat the steaks dry and season both sides liberally with the spice mixture, pressing firmly to adhere.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat (cast iron is not a requirement but it does work best!). Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the steaks and do not touch for 2 minutes, until nicely browned.
  4. Flip the steaks and let cook undisturbed for another 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, flipping as necessary, until cooked to your liking. I found this to be another 2 minutes for medium rare (125F on an instant read thermometer).
  5. Remove the steaks to a platter and top with butter. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Slice steak thinly against the grain. Top with the Avocado Cilantro Crema.

Recipe Notes

Serves 4. Each serving has 2.34g NET CARBS per serving.

Food energy: 421kcal
Total fat: 30.17g
Calories from fat: 226
Cholesterol: 140mg
Carbohydrate: 5.33g
Total dietary fiber: 2.99g
Protein: 36.17g

Nutrition Facts
Chili Rubbed Steak with Avocado Crema
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 272
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.17g46%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Carbohydrates 5.33g2%
Fiber 2.99g12%
Protein 36.17g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.