Sauce for Rice and Beans

Sauce for Nigerian Rice and Beans.

I am a big fan of rice and beans; it’s all round great food, lots of Protein, carbohydrate and Fiber. Read the previous post I had on the benefits of beans consumption. The past weekend, I made some RnB paired with Tomato meat sauce. The tomato sauce was PERFECT for rice and beans recipe.

Tomato meat sauce:


  • 3 cups ground beef or ground turkey (any minced meat)
  • 1table spoon Italian seasoning
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  •  ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup sliced onions
  • 4 large tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon curry


1.    Combine 2 cups of ground beef with salt, Italian seasoning and 1 cube magi. Combine.

2.    Using a table spoon, divide up the seasoned meat sauce and ball them up

3.    Place a large pot over medium heat, pour in the canola oil. Once the oil is hot ~2-3mins, add in the meat balls. Fry until golden brown (the meat doesn’t have to be cooked at this point; it just has to be browned). Remove the meat balls and set on paper towel

4.    Remove half of the oil used to fry the meatballs from the pot and discard. Add the onions into the leftover oil, sauté until translucent.

5.    Add the left over ground meat in with the sautéed onions. Stir. Leave to cook for 3mins (or until browned)

6.    Add the tomatoes into the pot; add in the curry and left over bouillon cube.  Combine.  Add in the fried meatballs

7.    Cover the pot and simmer for 12mins. Uncover the pot, stir. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Simmer for another 5mins.

Serve the sauce on Rice and beans or with Boiled spaghetti. Enjoy!!

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By |February 27th, 2012|20 Comments


  1. Frances Okoro November 20, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

    These food! Choi!
    Eating healthy can still be fun! I will try this…
    thank you ma’am!

  2. aku July 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    hey! pls what can i use as an alternative to the italian spice. rather what’s the alternate to use in nigeria?

  3. ada March 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Hi tnks for d recipe.pls how does the efirin come in.Is it a vegetable?and how do u add it in the recipe and @what point.Is it a spice or what pls clearify.tnks

  4. foluso January 2, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    great recipe here,i intend to try it out this weekend, but i do want to know what substitute there is for Italian seasoning in the Nigerian market. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 2, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

      You can substitute thyme and African blue basil (efirin)

  5. ed June 25, 2012 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I recommend to enhance the meatballs: add breadcrums or old fashioned oat meal as well as an egg yellow ( or egg for that matter ) to your ground beaf before you make your meat balls.
    It changes the texture a bit, gives a better ‘bite’, and a slightly lighter taste.
    I personally like to brown the meatballs before I expose them to saucy environments, too.
    Great recipe.

  6. Mary June 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I love this,please I really want to know you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      I am very happy to hear that Mary.. Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Rhapsody March 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    looks delicious….

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    Stay blessed.

  8. Relentless Builder March 5, 2012 at 1:57 am - Reply

    I would have paired that sauce with spaghetti only. But you’ve shown me something else to eat it with. LOL @ RnB. I half-expected you to break into song 😉

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 6, 2012 at 6:27 am - Reply

      lol…you are welcome babe. Thinking a little outside the box.

  9. Purpleicious Babe March 3, 2012 at 7:44 am - Reply

    This is not fair ohh..

    sha hope u know have pre-booked u for my wedding ohh.. am flying u over ohhh to cook this meals for my guest sha… and its happening soon ohh(lol, speaking by faith sha..).

    But u are invited

    Good work hun keep it up… xxx

    Thank u for the comment on my blog.. thanks for visiting too..

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 3, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I am down babes, I am officially excited and looking forward to it! . You are welcome.

  10. Mena February 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    your presentation skills are second to non, I have never seen african food look so good.

  11. Emeka Amakeze February 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I’m occupying this blog until I’m served!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      LMAO….. Haahahahahhaha. chei! one plate coming up quick.

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