Eritrean Berbere (Red Pepper Spice Mixture)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is an easy variation of a staple of Eritrean cooking. This one uses dry spices, whereas the "real deal" is made by drying ,roasting, pounding and grinding. For the ground chili, use dried (preferably a hotter one). It is used in many dishes. Add oil to this to make a paste, called da'lik.


  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Store mixture in an airtight container.
Most Helpful

This is a lovely spice blend, very well balanced and versatile. I used this as the basic seasoning of tomato sauce and thought that was lovely. Im sure this would be super yummy in a hearty chili, too. <br/>Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us, Mikekey!<br/>Made and reviewed for Veggie Swap #61 August 2013.

Lalaloula August 04, 2013

This is a really nice spice blend, I cut back on the proportion of chili powder to the other spices, because I don't like overly spicey. I made this along with a similar spice mix and the addition of cinnamon is what made this one edge the other out though both were tasty. I sprinkle some on some scallops as I sauteed them and it was a great combination. Thanks Mikey for sharing! Made for ZWT 7 by a Food.commando

momaphet June 10, 2011

In reality, I can't rate this because I only made about a tsp. of it, relying on a larger portion of cayenne and then pinches of the other ingredients. However, I can say that it was easy to put together. ZWT7.

Debbie R. May 30, 2011