Minchet Abish - Ethiopian Minced Stew

Minchet Abish is a highly spiced Ethiopian Minced Stew traditionally made with ground beef and served with ayib. It is typically eaten on special occasions. I have made it fully plant-based by substituting the beef with a plant-based mince. I have another recipe in my second ebook which uses tempeh and carrot as a substitute for the beef. Both recipes are equally delicious, use which ever substitute you prefer and enjoy this rich and decadent wot.

Minchet Abish - Vegan Ethiopian Food - ethiopianfoodie
Minchet Abish - Vegan Ethiopian Food - ethiopianfoodie

Time: 1hr 45 minutes Serves: 4 as a main



  • In a pot over medium heat, add the onions and salt, and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. If necessary, add a splash of water to prevent burning.

  • Add oil and cook the onions for 10 to 15 minutes minutes or until slightly browned. Add the garlic & ginger, cook until fragrant.

  • Followed by the berbere, cook for 10 minutes adding splashes of water as needed before adding tikur and nech qimmem. Cook for another 10 minutes.

  • Add canned tomatoes, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for 30 minutes while you prepare the mince. Add splashes of water as necessary to prevent burning.

  • In another pan over medium heat, crumble the vegan mince and cook according to the directions on the package.

  • Add the mince to the pot and mix well until fully covered by the sauce. Cook for 10 minutes before adding a cup of water, mekelesha, and allowing it to simmer (with the lid on) for another 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

  • In the last 5 minutes, add nitter qibbeh to round out the flavours, and serve on teff injera with a side of Ayib.


  • Watch the full recipe video on instagram here

  • I don’t recommend substituting the berbere in this recipe, i would highly recommend using Ethiopian berbere from an Ethiopian store or a friend. The taste will be significantly different if you use regular store bought berbere.

  • Recipe for the ayib and the Carrot and Temeh Minchet Abish is available in my second ebook.

  • Ayib can be substituted with a cheese of your choice.