Mexican Cocoa Crusted Steaks

Rarely do we partake in the quick cooking, whole muscle meat of animals. I find it incredibly difficult to justify a cost of $14-$20 per pound for anything. So that’s why we let what’s on sale dictate what we eat (Aren’t you happy to see something other than ground beef or sausage?). Thank goodness for the alcoholiday Cinco de Mayo and the sales on avocados, tequila and MEAT.

Big, fat belated congratulations to this girl for her performance at the CrossFit Games Southwest Regional. She’s amazing (and single).


  • 2-4 steaks*
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T instant coffee
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t sugar
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • salt


In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa, coffee, cinnamon & cayenne. Generously coat both sides of your steaks.

Heat your steak cooking vessel of choice to around medium-high heat. Right before you start searing your steaks, give them a nice, hefty sprinkle of salt.

Sear both sides until a nice crust has developed and the steaks are cooked through to your preference. Depending on the steak type and thickness, anywhere from 2-4 minutes per side should suffice for medium-rare.

 *This will work with anything…not just ribeye or strip, and not just beef.


11 responses to “Mexican Cocoa Crusted Steaks”

  1. OMG…I think I am going to have to make this on Saturday for our cookout. This sounds absolutely divine. I was fortunate enough to give watch Juli on Day 3 of the South West Regionals and she was amazing to watch through the Snatch ladder. What an incredible transformation she’s had over the last 1 1/2 years!

    1. that is so cool. in our little crossfit/paleo world, it’s like seeing a rock star in real life.

  2. Janelle

    Made this recipe this week with ribeyes, and we loved it! Thanks! We will DEFINITELY be making this again. Super easy and tastes so good! I never would have thought to put those spices together on meat!

  3. Made this using some Elk steaks. Served it over salad… So good. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. you are very welcome kate!

  4. These look phenomenal! I love chocolate chili so that flavor combination on a steak sounds divine. Steak is a rare treat for me too, so I usually cook it with minimal seasonings: salt, pepper, a tiny drop of olive oil. Do you sprinkle the sugar on at the same time as the salt? Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  5. Will this be okay without the coffee? Thanks?

    1. i suppose so. can’t hurt to try it that way.

  6. After getting my butt kicked today by the WOD, the only cure was steak (and baked sweet potato wedges! SO SO SO good! Thanks for the recipe!!

  7. These are the bomb! Best steaks ever!

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