Ethiopian Beef Tibs

Ethiopian beef tibs,  known as siga tibs, are an Ethiopian version of fajitas,  seasoned with berbere spice and spicy awaze paste and served with injera bread for a filling and tasty African supper.

Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs

Ethiopian Beef Tibs

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs

Ethiopian beef tibs are like an African version of fajitas, thinly sliced steak in a spicy stir-fry containing berbere spice and awaze paste. It differs from the foods called wots as those are stews.

What is Injera Bread?

The beef is served atop large rounds of injera bread, an African specialty made of a slightly fermented and tangy dough made from teff flour. Although cooked on a large flat  griddle similar to a tawa, looking every bit like   it should turn out like a crepe or pancake, it differs quite a lot.

The texture is very spongy, with little holes all  over the top. The flavor is tangy and delicious. And it  is your fork,  spoon and knife all in one because traditionally,  this bread is torn off as your utensil. The foods are arranged over a large injera on a platter, and smaller pieces are mop-rolled and spread around the platter. You use the first pieces to pick up the wots (or stews) and tibs and other delicious foods (which are usually 6-8  of them) and at the end, the pieces underneath are gobbled up, coated with the last of the food sauces.

Ethiopian Meal of Misir Wot, Rolls of Injera bread, Gomen, Beef Tibs, all on a larger round of Injera Bread

Pictured from Top left going clockwise: Misir Wot, Rolls of Injera bread, Gomen, Beef Tibs, all on a larger round of Injera

Of course you can use a fork or spoon if you like. And if you can’t get real  injera, it is probably  understood that you can eat this with something like nan bread or pita, along with perhaps something like couscous or rice if you don’t want to do bread. Personally, I would use a piece of sourdough, because I can tell you that authentic injera has such a wonderful sourdough tang that you don’t want to miss it. Of course, the texture will be different, but in the end, flavor is utmost.

I was lucky enough to procure my bread from a local market that specializes in Ethiopian foods (as well  as snag some fresh spices there).

What About Those Other Foods?

I am also posting recipes for Niter Kibbeh (spiced clarified butter) and Awaze Paste (spicy cooking paste) today which are used in this recipe. The other two recipes, the Misir Wot, which is spiced lentils similar to an Indian dal, only thicker and with different flavors, and the Gomen, the braised collard greens with Ethiopian seasonings, I will be posting over the next few days, so stay tuned.

Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs

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Juli: Misir Wot – Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew
Sue: Ethiopian Beef Tibs
Amy: Buticha – Ethiopian Hummus
Syama: Himbasha – Ethiopian Spiced Bread
Evelyne: Flavor-Packed Ethiopian Shekla Tibs
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Wendy: Doro Wat and Atkilt
Margaret: An Ethiopian Meal with Misir Wat, Signi Wat, Gomen Wat, and Speedy Injera Flatbread

Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs



  1. Toss beef slices with berbere spice and salt.
  2. Heat half the niter kibbeh (2 tbsp.) in a wok skillet and cook peppers and onions with garlic until crisp tender, then set aside.
  3. Add the remaining niter kibbeh (2 tbsp.) in the wok skillet, and cook off beef until as done as you like, similar to cooking fajitas.
  4. Stir in the awaze paste and cooked veggies.
  5. Serve tibs with injera bread and other Ethiopian dishes as you like.

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Ethiopian Beef Siga Tibs

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10 responses

  1. I’ll be honest: when I first saw ‘tibs’, I thought it was a typo. Happy to learn something new this morning. And this looks delicious, Sue. Thanks for sharing.

    • I should have added a link to my beef tips for those who wander in unexpectedly! Because I was thinking the same thing when I was doing keywords…I know what the tibs are but thought about my bounce rate.

  2. This looks beautiful – my husband would love it. So glad you also did a recipe for the Niter Kibbeh and Awaze Paste. I’m jealous of your easy access to a shop that sells the Injera bread!

    • Yes, it is really fortunate, because there might be African grocery stores, but there are so many different African cuisines and most of the ones around here specialize in western African foods.

  3. Wow! This looks absolutely mouthwatering and delicious! I am grateful you shared the recipe. I will try and make an attempt in recreating it. Hopefully, the outcome is as good as yours. I guess, I just have to practice. I’ve been looking for Ethiopian food recipes. I’ve been curious about their cuisine for quite some time now. I have read that it’s unique, spicy and just an overall experience to eat. This will definitely be a good start for me.

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