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Grilled Steaks with Mole Butter Recipe

This award-winning grilled steak recipe was created for the Rec Teq Summer of Grilling Tournament and won the first challenge against pitmasters and chefs throughout the country! Huzzah!

A big bowl of mole butter steaks sitting on top of green chile risotto
I paired the steaks with this creamy green chile risotto recipe (linked below).

I love that steaks are versatile and can be dressed up in so many different and creative ways–in this recipe, we take your favorite cut of meat, doll it up with the best Mexican spice rub, and drizzle it with a heavenly honey mole butter!

It’s miles away from ordinary and if you find yourself growing tired of preparing the traditional steak dinner then this creative grilling recipe is for you.

When it comes to summer cooking we love grilled meats, but could also use a new collection of family-friendly recipes to work into the recipe rotation.

How To Make Honey Mole Butter

This honey mole butter does not disappoint and would also pair well with grilled chicken and pork chops.

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mole paste and butter in a cast iron pot
Mole butter ingredients in a cast iron grill pot.

We start the mole butter by using high-quality, store-bought mole paste, adding a stick of butter and a touch of honey for sweetness–then it just goes on the back of the grill to melt and marry all of those delicious flavors into a fantastic steak sauce.

The final sauce is wonderfully rich and complex, not sweet per se, but earthy and warm with a whisper of sweetness.

Gear I used in this recipe:

steaks sitting on the grill with the pan of mole butter near by

How To Make a Mexican Steak Rub

For this steak rub, we combine any good quality steak house seasoning (see suggestions in the recipe card) with a little bit of New Mexico chile powder. For southwestern flair, you can use any mild chile powder that you like… I recommend mild hatch green chile powder and California chile powder.

Chimayo chili powder, of Chimayo, New Mexico is renowned for its superior flavor and is considered the highest quality chile powder in the highly competitive region of Eastern New Mexico.

Filets prepped with steakhouse seasoning
Filets prepped with steakhouse seasoning

The only chile powder you might think twice about is Chipotle chili powder, which is smokey and quite spicy. This could work really well for adults, if used sparingly, but would not be appropriate for children or those with sensitive palates.

A platter full of steaks topped with mole butter, red peppers, and cilantro
A platter of grilled filet mignon coated with the mole butter

We serve the final dish with this heavenly green chile risotto recipe, which pairs nicely as a creamy side dish that soaks up all that juicy steak flavor!! (Don’t be intimidated, my risotto recipe is easy to follow and so worth it.)

This is a family-friendly special occasion recipe that your loved ones won’t soon forget!

A Grilled Steak with Mole Butter on a black plate

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A Grilled Steak with Mole Butter on a black plate
Yield: 4-6

Mexican Grilled Steaks with Mole Butter Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These perfect thick-cut steaks are coated in steakhouse seasoning, grilled to perfection, and topped with a fragrant, mexican mole butter steak drizzle!



How To Make the Mole Butter:

Place the butter and mole paste into a small cast iron saucepan. (Alternatively, this may be done in a saucepan on the stove if you like.)

When melted and bubbling, remove from the heat and add the honey and lime juice. Stir well and taste for seasoning.

** All mole pastes are made with different recipes, so yours may require a little extra honey, salt, etc. (Just use your best judgment or I used Hernan mole paste and this recipe turned out perfect.)

How To Grill The Steaks:

Prepare your grill as per your usual method. For charcoal grills begin the charcoal, for pellet grills heat the chamber to high (500 degrees).

Oil the steaks lightly with oil and coat liberally in steakhouse seasoning. Dust with chile powder.

When the grill is ready, place the steaks down on the grill grates. Insert your Meatermade Thermometer if you use one. Close the chamber of the grill.

When the probe hits 110 degrees, open the chamber and flip the steaks. Close the
chamber and continue cooking to the desired doneness…

Pull at 125 degrees for medium rare
Pull at 128-130 degrees for medium

Alternatively, on a charcoal grill, grill the steaks for 4-5 minutes on each side, cooking to the desired doneness.

Remove the steaks and transfer them to a holding platter where they will get a good long rest.

After 10-15 minutes, coat the steaks with warm mole butter, and serve with green chile risotto.


You can make your own steakhouse seasoning by sprinkling liberally onto the steaks kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 637Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 38g

This nutritional information is provided as a courtesy as an estimate only. Consult with a dietician for precise estimates. This website makes no claims that the nutritional values listed are accurate.

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