Chile Lime Roasted Artichokes

No plain steamed artichokes here. These Chile Lime Roasted Artichokes will soon be your favorite way to snack on this delicious treat.
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A few weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 12th year anniversary. Sometimes, with the day-to-day craziness that goes on in our house with our three kids, we feel like coworkers – handling mini-crisis after crisis, passing a crying child to the other, going through the motions of dinner, homework, brush, floss, bedtime. And you look back and say, “Hey, we’ve been married 12 years?”

This year we reminded ourselves that we were a couple, not just partners. We forgot that it had been months since we had time to ourselves and we welcomed a night out to eat anywhere kid-unfriendly.

We drove up the coast not knowing where we would end up for dinner, enjoying the lapis-blue ocean view as the sun slowly set. We unwound a bit. No kids crying in the car. No kids fighting. Just a bit of adult conversation mixed in with precious silence.


We found ourselves in Carlsbad, about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. We remembered a great south-west bar and grill and wondered if they were still there.

Yup, Coyote Bar & Grill was still there. They still had great live music outside next to their 4-5 fire strategically placed fire pits.

We stationed ourselves at one empty spot and ordered up margaritas and appetizers.

We listened to live blues and smiled, laughed and talked. No kids to interrupt us. No kids menus. No crayons for coloring.

We had these amazing Chile-Lime Roasted Artichokes and smiled at each other, reading each other’s minds.

“Oh yes, we must recreate this at home!”

We spent the next two weeks doing just that. And I think we perfected it. After steaming the artichokes first, we let them cool down and cut them in half. Drizzled everything with olive oil and rubbed these babies up with our own spice mix – a combination of paprika, chile pepper, garlic salt, lemon pepper and citric acid.

Then, popped them on the grill to crunchify. Yes, I believe that’s a culinary term. And if it’s not, it should be.

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I mixed a little of the spice mix in with mayo and a splash of lemon juice and I was back at Coyote Bar & Grill, sitting by the fire pit, chilin’ to some live music.

Some foods just take you to another world. And now, I can enjoy these fabulous artichokes in the comfort of my own home, amongst my three favorite short people.

Because you all know what you end up talking about when you are away from your kids.

Yup, you talk about your kids.

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Chile-Lime Roasted Artichokes

A south-of-the-border twist with the artichoke. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 3/4 tsp chile powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 artichokes
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, mix together:
    • 1 TBS paprika
    • 3/4 tsp chile powder
    • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
    • 1 tsp lemon pepper
    • 1/2 tsp citric acid powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together:
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tsp lime juice
  3. Stir in 3/4 tsp of spice mix and refrigerate dip until ready to use.
  4. Wash and pat dry:
    • 2 artichokes
  5. Using a serrated knife, cut off the top quarter of each artichoke.
  6. Cut the bottom stem so that the artichoke can sit flat and cut the leaf tips of the remaining artichoke leaves with kitchen shears.
  7. Bring a large pot with an inch of water to boil.
  8. Add a steam basket and place the artichokes into the basket, top side up. If you do not have a steam basket, reduce water to 1/2-inch deep and place artichokes directly into the boiling water.
  9. Cover the pot and steam the artichokes on medium heat until slightly under-cooked.
  10. Remove artichokes from the steam basket and allow to rest until cool enough to handle, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. Cut the artichokes in half, revealing the heart.
  12. Carefully remove the fuzz and small leaves from the inside of the artichokes, but keep the rest of the artichoke intact.
  13. Heat your grill to high heat and oil the grates.
  14. Place the artichokes, cut side up on a baking sheet and brush the inside and outside of each artichoke with:
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  15. Sprinkle both the inside and outside of each artichoke half with spice mix.
  16. Place artichokes on the hot grill and cook for 7-10 minutes on each side, pressing down with a spatula or panini press.
  17. Remove from the grill and serve with dip.


Serving Suggestions: Top with pico de gallo or serve alone with the chile-lime dip.

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Yield: Serves 4

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6 Responses to Chile Lime Roasted Artichokes

  1. Farida at #

    Great Recipe and wonderful pics

  2. Happy Anniversary! Artichokes look delicious but they do intimidate me. I will have to try this when I gather the courage.

  3. I never know what to do with artichokes! I'm a fellow Camp Blogaway camper, flying in from Albuquerque. I figured I’d calm my nerves by saying hello to everyone online before this weekend, though it just seems to be getting me more excited (hence the 2am comment!) I’m looking forward to meeting you 🙂

    ~Danni with LambAround

  4. Barbara Bakes at #

    Sounds like a wonderful anniversary. I'm adding crunchify to my vocabulary.

  5. MsByn at #

    Congratulations on the Anniversary, and thank you for the divine looking recipe. It looks so good and my husband and I realized the other day that although we experiment with food a lot, we've never had non-marinated artichokes. I've been looking for a recipe to surprise him with… so thank you!


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