Berbere Spice Mix

A delicious Ethiopian spice blend…

If you’re aiming for authentic Ethiopian cuisine, getting to know berbere spice mix is a critical first step. It’s a blend that’s used for everything from a steak and chicken rub to a finishing season for vegetables and dips. The heat is mild – delivered from chili powder (a spice mix itself) and paprika.

This berbere spice mix recipe is quick to make, using pre-ground spices many of which are common to a well-stocked spice rack. For an even better flavor, try toasting fresh whole spices instead, then crushing them using a mortar and pestle.

Berbere Spice Mix

Berbere Spice Mix

4 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredient. Store in an airtight jar or container.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 5, 2019 to include new content.
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