Ethiopian Tibs (Spicy Beef and Vegetable Sauté)

Ethiopian Tibs (spicy Beef And Vegetable Sauté) Recipe

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Vickie Parks


The flavorful but spicy sauce in this dish gets it’s “kick” from Berbere, an Ethiopian chili spice blend. There are countless variations of this recipe, but it consists of beef and vegetables slowly simmered in a spicy Berbere pan sauce.


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10 Min
45 Min


  • 5 Tbsp
    niter kibbeh (or use unsalted butter if you don't have/can't find niter kibbeh)
  • 2 medium
    onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 small
    green bell pepper, chopped (or a hot green pepper, if you prefer more "heat")
  • 1 small
    orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 3-inch
    fresh gingerroot, minced (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    berbere spice blend
  • 2 tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 lb
    beef sirloin, fat trimmed and cut into thin strips about 2 inches in length
  • 1 tsp
    cooking oil
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice, or to taste

How to Make Ethiopian Tibs (Spicy Beef and Vegetable Sauté)


    Melt the niter kibbeh (or butter) in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, both bell peppers, ginger, garlic, berbere and cardamom. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes or until onions are starting to brown and vegetables are soft. Adjust seasoning and "heat", if desired.
    Season beef on all sides with kosher salt. Heat oil in a large cast-iron (or heavy-duty) skillet over high heat until smoking lightly. Add the beef and spread in a single layer to ensure even browning. Cook without stirring for about 3 minutes or until well seared on one side. Turn, and cook other side another 3 minutes or until other side is well seared. Continue to cook the beef, stirring occasionally, until cooked to preference.
  3. Toss beef into the spicy sauce in the saucepan. Stir in lemon juice, and serve immediately.

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About Ethiopian Tibs (Spicy Beef and Vegetable Sauté)

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: African
Dietary Needs: Low Carb

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