Eritrean Berbere (Red Pepper Spice Mixture)

"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."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • Combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  • Store mixture in an airtight container.

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  1. Lalaloula
    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.
  2. momaphet
    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
  3. Debbie R.
    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.
  4. Sharon123
    Hot and spicy! I used dried arbol peppers and ground them up. This will be used on potato wedges and many other recipes. Thank you Mike!


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