Ethiopian Beef Stew in Berbere Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

For a complete Ethiopian feast, make this dish with (other recipes from my book): - Lentils of Doom - Cabbage of Ostracism - Tofu Dorowat (if you like tofu, or are accommodating a vegetarian... chicken otherwise) Making these four dishes together, you can: - Pick up one large white onion and chop it finely. Split it four ways between the dishes. - Pick up one 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes and split it between the Dorowat and Beef Stew Start the beef early, then the dorowat. Then, do the lentils (assuming pre-cooked potatoes) and cabbage. Pick up some Enjera (that amazing yummy bread). Live in Calgary? Pick it up fresh at Amy's Confectionery on 7th between 11AM and 5PM. YUM!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Melt butter on stove top in roasting pan.
  3. In the roasting pan, brown the stew meat for about 10 minutes. Add the onion for the last few minutes.
  4. Add the ginger, paprika, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and allspice. Mix and cook for about one minute.
  5. Add tomatoes and wine.
  6. Cover, bring to a "medium" simmer.
  7. Place in oven for approximately 2 hours. Add water or broth 1/2 cup at a time if stew is drying out.
  8. Stew is done when meat can be easily pierced with a fork.
Most Helpful

This is one of my favorite dishes. Could this be made in the crock pot with similar results? I can no longer get fresh Injera, however I have some Teff flour (thanks to a local co op that ordered for me) I will be making my first bread and introducing lots of people to this delicious dish.

melannandrews November 20, 2015

This was a hit! I couldn't find fenugreek, so I had to substitute the same amount of ground mustard. Great flavor, wonderful with homemade injera. Two thumbs up!

Meowser January 19, 2011

This was a great dish but I can't rate it as it is read because I tweeked it a little here and a little there. I can say must have injera bread to be able to fully enjoy this type of dish. I didn't have the fenugreek seeds 'cause I couldn't find them. Still a great and unique flavor and spice that clears the sinuses without overwhelming the pallet.

badger_medic December 18, 2010