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Fried sauce with African Meatballs

Fried sauce with African Meatballs – Rather than the everyday Meatball and Sauce why not try this delicious combination of Meatballs in African-inspired Fried sauce. You will love it!

Meatballs in Ata Dindin

In my busy house, meatballs are a lifesaver. It’s a good idea to make them in bulk and freeze them until they are needed.

I must admit that I was surprised how well this dish was received, I knew I was going to like it, however, I was a bit skeptical about my taste-sensitive kids. To my uttermost surprise, they loved it as well. This is a fun dish to play around with.

Personally, I like to add Fresh Tomatoes to my Fried sauce because it adds more flavor and it improves the texture of the Sauce. However, canned Tomatoes will also work just fine. This Sauce is not meant for just Spaghetti but it easily pairs up Rice, Fried plantains, and a host of other meals.

This is a sure crowd-pleasing recipe and you wouldn’t have to break the bank especially if you Grind your beef at home yourself, and making the Meatballs is super easy with just a few ingredients you have a tasty treat.


  • Feel free to pan fry the Meatballs if you don’t want to bake them
  • You can also substitute the dry Breadcrumbs for 2 slices of fresh Bread
Nigerian fried stew

How to make Meatballs in Ata Dindin

Meatballs in Ata Dindin - Rather than the everyday Meatball and Sauce why not try this delicious combination of Meatballs in Ata Dindin...You will love it.
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Course: stew
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade, quick
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 514kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Beef Stock
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 2 Cloves Of Garlic finely diced
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsps Fresh Parsley
  • Ingredients for Ata dindin
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 3 Scotch Bonnets Habanero
  • 10 Small Red Chillies
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Large Plum Tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsps Palm Oil
  • 4 Tbsps Peanut Oil
  • 1 Bouillon Cube
  • Beef Stock
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Thyme
  • Parsely for garnish


  • For the Meatballs
  • Combine the Beef stock and the Breadcrumbs together and leave it for about 10 to 15 minutes so that the Breadcrumbs can absorb the Stock.
  • Combine the Breadcrumbs, Onion, Garlic, Egg, Fresh Parsley and Salt together in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Lightly dampen your hands with Water in order to prevent the Meatballs from sticking o your hands while rolling it, then scoop out some Meat and shape into small golf ball-size Meatballs.
  • Arrange the Meatballs on a lightly greased pan and place it in the Oven for about 20 minutes then transfer it into a 425°F preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes turning halfway through.
  • Once it's done drain the excess Oil if there is any and set it aside while you cook your Ata dindin
  • For Ata Dindin
  • Blend the Peppers, Tomatoes, Onion, and Garlic together preferably in a food processor because we don't want it super fine, it should still be a little coarse.
  • Preheat the Palm Oil and Peanut Oil (Groundnut Oil), and once it's hot, add the diced Onion and fry that until the Onions appear translucent.
  • Add the blended pepper and fry till the Oil floats on top of the Ata din din. This will take some time but it's worth the time because the longer it cooks the better, but make sure you don't burn your Ata dindin. (Don't forget to Stir occasionally to prevent burning).
  • Add the spices together with Salt to taste and feel free to add some stock or Water to loosen up the Ata dindin just in case it comes out too thick.
  • Finally, add the Meatballs, cover it up and let it simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with some fresh Parsley and serve over Pasta, Rice or with your desired accompaniment.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating

Zita B

Monday 22nd of June 2020

Hi! Thank you for this recipe. It looks great, and I'm thinking of trying it soon. Can you please share about how long it takes for the blended peppers and tomatoes to fry?

Agnes Akioyamen

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I used store bought meatballs, but the ata dindin combination gave it an extra edge,it was delicious. Thank youu....


Saturday 30th of May 2020

Wow!!!!! I've never had this cuisine before, and me and my gf made this recipe and jollof rice. WOWWW. Amazing!!!! We can't stop talking about how good it is.

The meatballs are delicious!!! I added some thyme and curry powder to the meatball mix. The sauce these meatballs are in is sooo delicious. I'm going to make this recipe again and again! Saving this for the future:))

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