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T’ibs Recipe

Ethiopian food is wonderful and easy to prepare!

Most Ethiopian cuisine consists of a spicy vegetable or meat stew served over injera (a wide sourdough flatbread). T’ibs is both an everyday and special dish served in Ethiopian homes and is often served in order “to pay a particular compliment or show especial respect to someone.” (Want to learn more about Ethiopian food?)

Some of the ingredients for T'ibs


3 lbs. of meat (suggestions:  Top Roast, Sirloin Roast, Beef tips or whatever is cheapest )
1 medium red onion
3-4 gloves garlic
Ethiopian berbere
Oil (Vegetable or Canola)
Injera (preferred)
If injera is not available brown rice is a great substitute



If you are using brown rice, cook according to package instructions.

Cut the meat into medium size chunks.


Place chunks into a large skillet & cook until done.



Take meat out of skillet, drain & set aside.



Dice the red onion.



Place onions in skillet & fill skillet with enough water to cover onions. Cook on high until water has almost evaporated. Pour ¼ to ½ cup oil over onions & cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add berbere according to your taste. (I suggest starting with a small amount & adding more as needed). Add salt according to your taste.



Cook for another 5 minutes, then add the meat that was set aside to the skillet. Mix well & cook for another 5-10 minutes.




T’ibs is best served with injera. If you have an Ethiopian restaurant near you, pick up some injera for a real cultural experience. If injera is not available then serve the t’ibs over brown rice.



In Ethiopia, meals are a time of fellowship. So, in order to enjoy a true Ethiopian meal of T’ibs you MUST make a large amount and invite many friends to enjoy a night of friendship. laughter and delicious  food. OH, and don’t forget the tea & coffee after the meal!


Let us know how the recipe turns out and how your family likes it.

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Joe and Karyn Bridges

We are really just ordinary people who have fallen in love with the people of Ethiopia, especially the children. Many stats report that 100,000 of these children live on the streets of Addis Ababa. After experiencing this firsthand in 2006, we helped start The Forsaken Children, Inc., which exists to bring lasting hope to Ethiopia through these, Ethiopia's street children. We are all about partnering with Ethiopian ministries to carry out this task and have loved doing so with the Onesimus Children Development Association! We currently live in Memphis, TN where Karyn is a stay at home mom and Joe works full time for The Forsaken Children. The loves of our lives are our three kiddos - Jack, McLaine, and Silas!

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