Recipes from Eritrea: Tsebhi Sega (Spicy Minced Meat)

Recipes from Eritrea

Tsebhi Sega (Spicy Minced Meat)

Country: Eritrea
Course: Main
Makes: 8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp sunflower or other vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp berbere
  • 3 tbsp tegelese tesmi
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 6 large tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 1/4 lb beef or lamb, minced
  • pepper and salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and cook the onions until they start to brown a little. Add the berbere and the tegelese tesmi (herb butter) and a little bit of water.
  2. Cook over a low flame for about 10 minutes, then add the ginger, garlic and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the meat and keep cooking, adding a little bit of water as needed to prevent sticking, until the meat is done.