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Chili-Rubbed Roast Beef

Photo: Stefen Andersen
Prep time 30 mins
Other time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings with leftovers


  • 1 4- to 6-pound top-round or eye-round roast
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili (such as McCormick) or chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calcium 33 mg
  • calories 494
  • caloriesfromfat 0 %
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • cholesterol 163 mg
  • fat 18 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • iron 7 mg
  • protein 66 mg
  • satfat 5 g
  • sodium 258 mg

How to Make It

  1. Take the roast out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature about 45 minutes before roasting. Heat oven to 325° F. Place the roast on a metal rack in a roasting pan, fat-side up, and rub with the chili and salt. Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil and place around the roast. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers at least 120° F (for rare), about 1 hour and 15 minutes (15 to 20 minutes per pound). The potatoes should be fork-tender. Remove from oven. Loosely cover the roast with foil and let stand 10 to 15 minutes. (The temperature will rise to 125° F.) Slice half the roast. Serve with the sweet potatoes. Wrap and refrigerate the remaining meat for another meal.