Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

Africa Marketplace Booth
Serves 4


Berbere Spice Mix
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon whole allspice
6 white cardamom pods
4 whole cloves
1/2 cup dried onion flakes
5 dried chiles de arbol, stemmed, seeded, broken into small pieces
3 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup quick-cooking grits (not instant)
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips
2 tablespoons light olive oil, divided
1 pound, 1/2 inch diced beef tenderloin
1 cup diced white onion
1 1/3 cups diced plum tomatoes
1 1/3 cups sliced okra
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced, seeds removed if desired
2 to 3 teaspoons Berbere Spice, divided
1/4 cup water
Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


For Berbere Spice Mix
1. Combine coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, black peppercorns, allspice, cardamom pods, and cloves in a small skillet over medium heat. Toast spices, shaking skillet constantly until fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Let cool slightly; transfer mixture to a spice grinder. Add onion flakes and grind until fine. Add chiles, grinding until fine.

3. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and stir in paprika, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon.

4. Store in airtight container for up to 6 months.

For pap:
1. Bring water to a boil; stir in salt. Add grits, stirring or whisking constantly until grits are well mixed. Cover pot and lower heat to medium.

2. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Stir in butter before serving.

For Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a satue pan over medium-high heat until smoking. Season beef with salt. Add beef in a single layer to hot oil. Cook until beef is browned on all side.

2. Add remaining oil to pan. Add onions, tomatoes, okra, jalapeno, and 2 teaspoons spice mix, tossing to combine. Cook, stirring 1 minute. Stir in water and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender but still crisp, about 4 minutes. Add more water, if needed, if pan looks dry.

3. Taste for seasoning, adding more Berbere Spice if desired.

4. Serve beef tenderloins over pap. Garnish with cilantro.

Cook’s notes: Berbere is a chili and spice mix used to season many Ethiopian dishes. You can purchase pre-made berbere spice mix online. Pap, or mieliepap, is porridge made with ground corn that’s a staple in South African cooking.

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available! This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2016 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

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Want all the information about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Check out the helpful links below!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2016 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2016 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 21. Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents will be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos July 19th at 9AM. (Note: According to an official Disney World Annual Passholder website and email, booking for low-cost demonstrations begins for Annual Passholders ONLY on July 18th. We can find no other confirmation of this date, but we wanted to be sure you were aware of all possibilities!) Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book select special events, demos, and seminars on July 19th as well. A limited number of seats are available for the booking date.

Will you be trying out this African dish at your next dinner party? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Teri says

    You can also buy Berbere online or at Penzy’s. I use it all the time and this dish was so good when I tried it a few years ago at Epcot.

  2. Ginger says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. We enjoyed it at the festival and I can’t wait to make it at home.

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