Use this coarsely ground African spice blend pronounced as “ber-beray”, as a coating on meat before cooking or as a base for our Berbere paste recipe.

Berbere is the most popular spice for Ethiopian cooking (hot and spicy). It is a blend of red chili, garlic, salt and more; used to make Sega wot (beef stew), Doro wot (chicken stew), Kik wot (red lintel stew).


  • Berbere Onion Soup

  • Grilled Beef Suya - African Spiced Beef Kabobs

  • Berbere Paste Make this paste that will keep in the refrigerator for up to six months. Add a tablespoon or more to stews and casseroles for a hearty, spicy flavor. (Has more oomph than tomato paste!) .
      • 3 teaspoons Herbie's Berbere
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
      • 2 teaspoons salt
      • 3 Tablespoons red wine
      • sweet paprika
      • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or more)
      • water
    • Roast the Berbere spices in a hot, dry pan for one minute, then process to a paste with the onion, garlic, salt and wine.
    • Stir in the paprika, cayenne pepper and cold water.
    • Cook over low-moderate heat, stirring constantly, for 15-20 minutes, until the onion is cooked. (Taste and add more salt or cayenne to taste.)
    • When cool, transfer paste to a screw-top jar and cover with a film of oil.
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