In a small bowl, mix together the chile powder, pepper, cinnamon, and allspice. Brush a liberal coating of lime juice over one side of each steak, season generously with salt, and then sprinkle on a thin coating of the spices. This can be done up to 15 minutes before cooking; any longer and the lime juice may begin to affect the texture of the meat.
Heat the oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium to medium-high heat. (It shouldn’t be too hot or the spices can scorch.) When the oil is hot and shimmering, lay two of the steaks in the pan, seasoned side down. Allow them to cook 1 to 1-1/2 minutes; flip and continue cooking until they are done as you like them, about 1 minute longer for medium rare. Repeat with the remaining steaks.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on four servings;
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