I should really call these West African and/or Central African meatballs because not all of Africa makes meatballs like this. Now that we have that out of the way… meatballs yummmm. There is something you must do as soon as you make the first batch of these meatballs. You must grab some and fit into your mouth (translation: eat them). And this you must do when these meatballs are still somewhat hot. They are epic in every way.

west african meatballs_

Here is the cast of characters for the meatballs:

ingredients for meatballs

Some nice ground beef, garlic cloves, egg, seasoning cubes, onions, parsley, breadcrumbs, salt and, white pepper. Now let me tell you something about breadcrumbs: you could substitute with crushed butter crackers. They are amazing!

All you need to do is chop your parsley, garlic, and onion then dump all the ingredients into a large bowl.

ingredients for meatballs in bowl


Mix them until they marry completely.

west african meatballs mixture

Talking about marriage, I am thrilled by how much yesterday’s post inspired you guys to have better marriages. We do not want merely okay marriages just like we do not want merely okay meatballs!

using ice cream scoop for meatballs

Okay, I use an ice cream scoop to scoop out portions of the mixture evenly. You could just use your hands and mold into balls directly if you want.

raw meatballs

Now heat up some oil and fry away, baby!

frying meatballs

The meatballs are ready when they are no longer pink in the middle. They should be brown to the core. Remove them and place on a paper towel.

This is the point where you should absolutely make out with a meatball or two. They are divine!

perfect meatballs

Now, these are amazing but the magic doesn’t end there! Chop up ingredients for some tomato sauce.

west african ingredients for tomato sauce meatballs_

The key ingredients here are tomatoes, garlic, basil and onions. Then saute, simmer and season to perfection (no worries, all details in recipe below).

tomato sauce for meatballs_

It even gets better. Dump your meatballs into this and simmer together.

west african meatballs in tomato sauce

Oh my! Who wants some meatballs??

the best African meatballs

This could be eaten with:

  • Any boiled pasta of choice – my favourite is spaghetti!
  • Boiled rice.
  • Bread – it will make the perfect sandwich with this milk bread!

Meatballs, how I love thee!

meatballs in tomato sauce African style

4.6 from 5 votes
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - West African Style
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

These are meatballs made with minced garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, eggs and a hint of white pepper. They are epic in every way. Make them with this tomato sauce to get the whole experience.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Servings: 8 people
Author: Precious of
Meat Balls
  • 2 pounds ground beef (about 1 kg)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
  • 3 sprigs parsley - finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion - finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 small cubes Maggi
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying
Tomato sauce
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes - chopped or crushed
  • 1/2 medium onion - chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 2 sprigs basil - finely chopped
  • 2 small cubes Maggi
  • Salt
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  1. Put all ingredients for the meatballs into a large bowl and mix until everything is well incorporated.

  2. Scoop out the mixture with your hands or with an ice cream scoop then mold into balls. To make the balls easily, wet your hands and repeat as needed.

  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium high then put in the meatballs to cook. Turn the sides from time to time for about 10 minutes or until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked. The balls are cooked when they are no longer pink but brown in the middle.

  4. Pour out some oil from the pan, leaving some for the sauce. Saute onions until fragrant then add in chopped tomatoes and cook until dehydrated. Add in tomato sauce then cook together stirring from time to time for about 15 minutes.

  5. Add in garlic, basil, salt and seasoning cubes (Maggi) then cook together for another 5 minutes. Add water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce.

  6. Add meatballs to the tomato sauce and stir well making sure the sauce coats the meatballs. Then let them simmer together for another 5 minutes.

  7. Go ahead and enjoy your life! Meatballs in tomato sauce could be eaten with any boiled pasta of choice, boiled rice or bread (pssst they make the perfect sandwich filling). Enjoy!

Meatballs in tomato sauce - West African styleI’ll love to have you follow me on Instagram @preciouscore. If you make this recipe, take a photo and tag me on Instagram. I’ll love to see!



  1. Oh yum!!!!Chai this is life for a meat lover like me.

  2. These look so gud.I’ve always wanted to bake them instead of frying.Do you have any idea about that?
    Love the way you play with the words.

  3. Oh my dear Precious I want some meat balls too mbok.

  4. Kwandah T

    These meatballs are amazeballs haha. I would totally choose baking them over deep-frying them so I can form #TeamFit-fam small lol. This may be an ignorant question but pray tell; would baking make them firm enough like when deep-fried, so they do not ‘scatter’ in the sauce? Your food photography skills worry, no be small!

    • Hahaha try form #Teamfitfam small. I’m sure they will hold well when baked. But I’ved never baked them before. So I would say add one more egg just to be sure.

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  6. Hmmmmm. can i count the times i check recipes here….
    am having a jolly ride. From Ice creams to cakes to Up lifting pork. i must say i always didnt like the smell of pork but when i tried your recipe here, my God… could hear the singing, the rewarding empty plates. chai…

  7. Why did I open this post this early morning!
    Precious why did you do this to me?
    Very yummy looking recipe, I want! I’m making when my kids come back from hols break.
    My PMAMA, good job.

    • Lol sorry dear! I’m sure your kids will enjoy it. My daughter said, “this is the best meal I ever had!” They had it with boiled spaghetti. Nice to “see” you, dear.

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  10. Longchi theresia

    Wonderful, I thought all this meet food could difficult to prepare but thanks to u,I can now do mine in my kitchen

  11. limablack

    u are great best moment is kitchen too keep it up

  12. Illonda McCants

    Maggi has alot of cubes is this a chicken or beef I love the recipe. Want to use the same cube you are using

    • Hi Illonda, the Maggi cube I use is neither chicken nor beef. It is smaller in size than the flavoured ones. You can buy it from the African isle in Asian stores or you could substitute with a teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder – and your meatballs will still taste great! Hope this helps.

  13. chu melvis

    thanks i have been wondering how this is been done but today i got it and am going for it ..thanks again

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  15. bertille vanessa

    bonjour precious porrquoi les miennes s’ecrasent toujours?

  16. Wow I love meatballs but never tried doing it myself thanks for the recipe it will guide me do mine.Its so awesome!!!!

  17. Thanks dear aleast i hv learnt sumtin 4rm u free of charge . I hope when am going to do mine it will be perfect like ur own meatballs.

  18. Thanks for your delicious meal. It comes with a great relief. I appreciate it so much.

  19. Obakeng Machaka

    Looks nice & Yummy i like meatballs i am going 2 try this receipe tnx.

  20. Hey dear I’m so gonna do this one of these days! Looks so yum 😋

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  22. Hi Pre,
    i just made the meatballs sauce with rice…phew i’m relieved. Was so scared that the balls may scatter in the sauce. I’m off work today. Hubby is off work too and i just wanted something i had never done. Yea 2 servings and a silly smile later, then “love, so nice! hmmm delicious! Please i hope you kept some in the fridge for another day?” lol
    For someone who doesn’t like food from the fridge, that was something. Thanks keep it up. You’re impacting on us.
    I just need to wait for my girls to come home for Easter holidays and i’ll wow them too

    • Wow, this makes me so happy, sis Claudine! Hope you kept some in the fridge for your sweetie. Please greet the girls for me. Thanks so much for the feedback and the love and support!

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  24. Telma Agbor Tabi

    Your recipes are just as beautiful as you look on that pic if that’s you. Really I want to specially thank you. you have thought me many little secrets about many African meals. Thank you again. Lots of love

  25. Looks yummy bt Where can i get bread crumbs in bamenda?? Is it d local bread or???

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