I have another tasty appetizer for the Super Bowl today. It’s grass fed beef sirloin marinated in Caribbean spice and skewered onto mini kebabs with colorful bell peppers.
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Mini Caribbean Spice Beef Kebabs on Healthy Seasonal RecipesToday is the 22nd of the month, which means it’s time for the Recipe Redux. The theme this month is cooking with spice and smoke. I have been doing both a lot lately so I was really excited about the theme. I decided to add smoke and spice to my reduxed recipe by adding chipotle chili powder to Caribbean spice marinade.

I made these mini beef kebabs for a party my family had over the winter holidays. My Mother in Law’s family brings all of the siblings, and their kids together at Christmas time every year. We all bring food to share and do a big crazy and hysterical Yankee swap.

Every year we do a theme for the food, and sometimes people incorporate the theme into the swap gifts as well. This year our theme was Caribbean or tropical themed food. I made these mini kebabs using my favorite Island Chicken Marinade recipe. Everyone loved them and they were devoured in no time.

Mini Caribbean Spice Beef Kebabs on Healthy Seasonal Recipes

I had them on my list of recipes to share this month in time for Super Bowl planning because I knew you all would love them too. They are full of flavor, but lean and healthy.

If you haven’t tried ground chipotle powder before you’ll love it. It is made from dried chipotle chiles, which are smoked jalapenos. So it is smoky and spicy! You can find it in bulk at the health food store or good supermarkets in the spice isle. Even McCormick has it now. If you want to order it online, this from Penzeys is really nice quality and even the smallest bottle will last a long time. If you want to skip the spiciness but just want the smoky flavor substitute smoked paprika.

Mini Caribbean Spice Beef Kebabs on Healthy Seasonal Recipes

I made a few other changes to the island marinade just to simplify it. Instead of cooking the onions and garlic (which is a step required in the original recipe and is necessary to melt the brown sugar) I just used raw garlic, onion and agave, which is already liquid. I also cut down the number of spices a bit too taking out the cinnamon and black pepper. The end result was delicious, and I love the way the marinade worked with the grass fed beef I used.

Mini Caribbean Spice Beef Kebabs on Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Back to Basics
When choosing beef, consider buying grass fed beef when possible. Grass fed beef is much leaner than grain fed beef, and has more Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and CLA which are important to our health. Furthermore raising steers on grass is friendlier to our environment. When in doubt choose “grass finished.”

If you can find them, these little baby bamboo skewers are the best for the kebabs. If you can’t find them though, no biggie, just use a full length one.

Do you ever do theme pot luck parties?

Do you use ground chipotle chile pepper?


Mini Caribbean Spice Beef Kebabs on Healthy Seasonal Recipes

mini caribbean spice beef kebabs

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 48 kebabs 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Spicy marinated beef and pepper kebabs with Caribbean flavors and smoky chipotle pepper. Use mini bamboo skewers, also called brochettes, for these to make them perfect bite sized appetizers.



Caribbean Spice Marinade

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (powder)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Beef Kebabs

  • 1 pound beef sirloin steak, preferably grass fed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into 24 ¾-inch squares
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and cut into 24 ¾-inch squares
  • Cilantro and orange zest for garnish, optional


  1. Place 48 (3-inch) bamboo skewers (also called brochettes) in a loaf pan, and cover with warm water.
  2. Combine garlic, onion, soy sauce, vinegar, agave, oil, chipotle, allspice, thyme and cloves in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Seal bag and set aside.
  3. Cut beef into 48 thin strips with a sharp carving knife, about 3-inches long. Add to the bag of marinade, press out excess air and seal. Agitate bag to coat the beef with the marinade. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours.
  4. Arrange two oven racks so they are evenly spaced in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Drain skewers
  5. Place pepper in a medium microwave safe bowl. Add ¼ cup water. Cover and microwave until crisp tender, 2 to 3 minutes minutes. Drain and let cool slightly.
  6. Drain steak and discard marinade. Skewer beef onto brochettes. Add a piece of red or yellow pepper to the end of each kebab. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and cook 4 minutes. Switch pans of beef, rotating the pans around front to back to ensure even cooking. Roast until the beef is just barely pink in the center, 2 to 4 minutes longer. {Alternatively cook in two batches.}
  8. Transfer the beef kebabs to a serving platter, sprinkle with cilantro and zest and serve.


3.5 g Added Sugar, 17 mg Cholesterol


  • Serving Size: 4 kebabs
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 261 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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