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African Meatball recipe. These African meatballs are the best!
African Meatballs - Video Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These African meatballs are made with garlic, parsley, onions and my all-time favorite spice, white pepper! They are simmered in an insanely flavorful tomato sauce. In my home, we eat this with pasta or rice. So good!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470 kcal
Author: Precious Nkeih of preciouscore.com
  • 2 pounds ground beef (about 1 kg)
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 sprigs parsley - chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 seasoning cubes (Maggi - abt 4g per cube) substitute with bouillon powder
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 3-4 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce (about 450g) I used 2 8oz cans
  • 3 leaves basil - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl place meat, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, half the garlic, half the onion, salt, white pepper and seasoning cubes. Mix with your hands until just combined.

  2. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the meat mixture then form into a ball with your palms. Place on a tray. Repeat process until meat mixture is finished.

  3. Heat the oil in a pan on high for about 5 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium then place the balls into the oil. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan with the balls.

    Let one side cook for 3- minutes then flip to the other side and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from oil and repeat process with the rest of the balls.

  4. Add remaining onions and garlic to the oil and saute until fragrant. Add in tomatoes and cook while stirring from time to time until the tomatoes shrink. About 5 minutes.

  5. Add the tomato sauce and cook for another 10 minutes or until the tomatoes no longer taste sour. Be sure to stir from time to time. At this point, adjust the consistency of the sauce. If it is too thick, add some water. About half to 1 cup of water is fine.

    Add in remaining seasoning cubes, a pinch of salt and stir well. Add in the meatballs and mix gently, being sure to coat the balls with the sauce. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

  6. Finally, add the chopped basil and stir gently. Turn off the heat and enjoy!

  7. Serve over boiled spaghetti, another pasta of choice or boiled rice.

Recipe Notes

1. Meatballs freeze well so you could make them and freeze beforehand then make the sauce and add the meatballs to it for a quick dinner.

2. If you love heat, add a little cayenne, chili or habanero pepper to the sauce.