Ethiopian Firfir with Dried Beef (Quanta Firfir)


This is a popular traditional Ethiopian dish. Please enjoy. This quanta firfir recipe can also be made with fresh beef or lamb!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 red onions, chopped

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped

  • 3 cups water, divided

  • 14 ounces dried beef

  • 2 tablespoons Ethiopian berbere seasoning

  • ½ cup Ethiopian kibbeh (spiced clarified butter)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 pieces injera (Ethiopian bread)


  1. Place onions in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add vegetable oil and garlic paste; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Stir 1/2 cup water, dried beef, and berbere seasoning into the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and cook until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Continue cooking, adding 1/3 cup water every few minutes, until beef is softened and sauce is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in kibbeh and salt.

  3. Tear 1 injera into palm-sized pieces; fold gently into the sauce. Serve beef and sauce over whole injera.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 4 cloves minced garlic for the garlic paste if desired.

Substitute chili powder for the berbere seasoning if desired.

Substitute beef stock for the water if preferred. Reduce salt if using beef stock.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

463 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 463
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 3031mg 132%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 14mg 79%
Potassium 469mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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