Berbere (Ethiopian Hot Pepper Seasoning)

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Dancer

This keeps longer on the shelf then most seasonings. This will keep in the refrigerator for 5 or 6 months.

Top Review by Random Rachel

This had a great flavor! I didn't notice the huge amount of chili pepper called for so used chili powder for half since I happened to have a large vat of it on hand. I ended up with a small peanut butter jar full of berbere. My friends who have eaten doro wat in Ethiopia said the flavor was right :-) Thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a heavy saucepan, toast the following ground spices together over a low heat for 4 to 5 minutes: ginger, cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice.
  2. Shake or stir to prevent burning.
  3. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and fresh ground black pepper and continue toasting and stirring for 10 to 15 more minutes.
  4. Cool and store in tightly covered glass jar.

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