Ethiopian Food - Beef tibes served with a side of injera and salad

Ethiopian Beef Tibs

Tibes is an Ethiopian dish that is stir fried. Tibes refers to cubes and tibes can be made with either beef or lamb, for this recipe we are using beef but you can substitute for lamb if you'd like. It is very simple to make and doesn't take much time! It is traditionally served with injera (Ethiopian flat bread) and salad but you can serve it overtop of rice or serve it with bread of your choice. Tibes can be spicy, since it had jalapeños and the Berebre spice mix which is one of our spice mixes that is on the spicer side.  

We have shared this recipe many times. It is a Thirteen favourte for sure. Most frequently we have shared it through cooking workshops with OCDSB for teachers PD day training and then recently we joined a food and culture class at South Carlton highschool. 



  1. 0.4kg/400g cubbed Beef
  2. oil
  3. 2 large cloves of garlic minced
  4. salt to taste
  5. 1/2 tbsp Thirteen Berbere Spice Mix (you can add more for more spiciness)
  6. 1 Large red onions sliced
  7. 1 tomatoes sliced
  8. 1 green chiles, such as jalapenos or serranos sliced
  9. 1/4 tsp Niter Kebbeh or ghee spiced butter (optional)

 CLICK HERE to buy our Berbere spice mix!



  1. Cut the cubbed beef in half (I find that cubbed beef comes quite large so I like to cut it in half for a bite size pieces).
  2. On a pan on medium to low heat add beef to non stick pan, no oil until all of the juice from the beef is fully absorbed and starts sticking. Stir casually.
  3. While the beef is on the pan you can chop your veggies.
  4. Immediately after beef juice is gone add oil.
  5. Once the beef cubes are browned add garlic, salt and our Berbere spice mix.
  6. Immediately after that add onions tomatoes and jalapeno stir. 
  7. After you turn off heat Add niter kebbeh and stir to mix (optional). 


Serves 2-3



Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time:  25 minutes 


Serving Suggestions 

Serve with Injera, rice or bread with a side of salad 

Places to find injera in Ottawa 

  • Iham Injera  590 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa (Gluten free) A lot of Quickie convenience stores sell injera from this bakery, ask if your nearest Quickie has injera.  
  • Tizita Bakery 365 Booth St, Ottawa 
  • Damas Supermarket 3033 Carling Ave, Ottawa (gets Injera from the first bakery mentioned)
  • Habesha Restaurant 99 Montreal Rd, Ottawa