Kai Wot (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
Recipe by VeggiesByCandlelight

There's really nothing shy or subtle about Ethiopian.. It's a bold .. In your face flavor.. If there ever was one.

Top Review by fashoemaker

Years ago I stayed with some Ethiopian students in Geneva. This was their favorite meal. They spread newspapers on the floor and spread a huge pot of this yumminess on it. We ate it by taking a strip of crusty bread and scooping up a mouthful. So good. Then we'd dance all evening to work it off. This Michigan got the flavor and the the rhythm of a whole new world. 38 years ago and I still love them for it: Berhane, Melaku, and my other American friend Karen.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 -10 purple onions, finely chopped
  • 1 -4 tablespoon berbere (more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 lb stewing beef, cut into bite size pieces
  • 12 cup water (or more)
  • 12 cup butter (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 -4 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Wash the cubed beef well, pat them dry with a toe, and set aside in the fridge. (Please don't skip this step. It's an important part of the process for tenderizing the beef).
  2. Finely chop the onions in a blender or food processor, until almost puréed.
  3. Transfer the onions to a heavy pot and cook on medium heat until they are day and have turned a reddish-brown color. Add the water and Berberi. Cook an additional 30 minutes, stirring periodically, adding more water if needed so the sauce doesn't get dry (this process allows for the berberi to become less bitter).
  4. Add the meat to the sauce and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, adding a little water if needed, to prevent the onions and meat from sticking the bottom of the pan.
  5. After an hour or so of simmering, add the butter, salt, and more water if the sauce is getting dry. Simmer another hour.
  6. Just before serving, stir the freshly minced garlic into the sauce. Serve with Injera.

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