Nigerian tomato stew is one of the most popular Nigerian food recipes, it is easy to make and I would include this recipe on a list of “Nigerian simple to make foods”,
Reason for this would be that the ingredients needed could be found in almost every part of the world and almost anybody can put up this stew in less than fifty minutes.

Recently I also made a video on making Nigerian tomatoes stew, this video is detailed beyond expectation; you can find it at the bottom of this page.

I promised to take you through the guide on how to lose the sour taste of tomatoes easily. Most people end up with tomato stew that has soured taste, it is very conversant but we are going to learn how to eliminate that taste, at least the way I eliminate that taste. (This same method is expounded in the Nigerian Food eguide, page 11, 12 and 13)

Ingredients For Making Nigerian Tomato stew (like I always assert, these ingredients could be doubled or reduced depending on the number of people you are looking to feed and their stomach size).

Ingredients (6-8 Persons)

2kg Meat of choice (fresh chicken or beef)
Ground tomatoes – 1500ml
Ground Fresh Red Pepper – 50-100ml
1 cup of sliced onions
Teaspoon of ground nutmeg
teaspoon each of curry and thyme
teaspoon of delice or “onga stew”.
Vegetable (optional)
Vegetable/groundnut oil – 300ml
3 cubes of knorr or maggi
Crayfish – 2 spoons (optional)
Salt to taste.

Wash the tomatoes and blend alongside the fresh pepper, also blend the crayfish alongside the nutmeg seed (1).

Wash the meat (chicken goat meat, beef… etc.) and parboil with desirable ingredients (I like to use lots of ingredients while parboiling the meat and then use little or none while making the real foods, this practice is necessary if you want to end up with very tasty meats. Beside you can then use the meat stock [water from the meat] for the main cooking.

Below is how I serve tomato stew – with white rice and these parboiled carrot and green beans, it is more delicious and healthy this way.

Tomato stew recipe

So just add the washed meat in a pot, add a cup or two cups of water then two cubes of maggi, a teaspoon of kitchen glory, onions and a teaspoon of salt. Be sure that at least half of the meat is completely submerged in water.

Cook until the meat is soft enough for consumption

Most times I chose to fry the tomatoes in a frying pan separately and then add it to the cooked meat in the pot.

Slice the onion and set your frying pan on heat, add about 300ml of groundnut/vegetable oil after the frying pan is dry. Add the sliced onions and fry for about 2 minutes to release the scent into the oil then pour in the tomatoes and fry (stirring occasionally to avoid burning).
This is just where most people miss it, have you made a tomato stew with sour taste? Something that tasted less than what you eat in restaurants? You can correct that now.

The secret to loosing the sour taste is just by frying with lots of oil (which could be reduced after frying – optionally) and then the use of onions. Then you have to keep stiring for the next 10-15 minute, you dont wanna end up with burned tomato stew.

Fry till the tomatoes lose its accompanying water and boils in oil alone. Then you can transfer to the main pot and add the delice or onga, add the maggi (seasoning), the ground crayfish/nutmeg and allow to cook ten minutes before adding the vegetable (optional and you are done with the preparation of tomato stew.

This is how to make tomato stew, it could be served as you see above or with yam, beans, I even eat bread and stew often – it is delicious.

Here is the video for making Nigerian tomato stew, follow this step by step video guide and also learn about all the ingredients used in making this popular Nigerian stew recipe

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  1. Drake man  July 17, 2013

    This seems a lot delicious! I live in a part of the world where much tomatoes are produced. Sometimes my problem lie on what to make with tomatoes. Thanks for the stew, I will give it a whirl

  2. Joyce  July 17, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe, you seem to be very good at what you do. I have been visiting your site for the past three months and I must confess that you are the best cook in Nigeria. Thanks for helping me, my food just got better (according to my husband), thanks to your site and emails. Joyce C

  3. Chumy  July 17, 2013

    Please I need to know if I can add ginger to tomato stew, my doctor recommended ginger to boost my health and I have been adding ginger to virtually every food that I eat and I want to know if I can also include ginger when making Nigerian stew. Thanks

    • Akpa Chinedu  March 9, 2014

      Yes, you can add ginger but it should be as a seasoning ingredient for the parboiling of the meat (goat, chicken) you are using.
      Remember not to add too much so as not make it override the taste of the stew.

    • Sename  June 29, 2014

      Of course you can. I for one add ginger, garlic and nutmeg all blended up and it gives my stew an aroma to die for especially in my chicken tomatoes stew. Try it and see.

  4. Miar  July 22, 2013

    Can I use just tin tomatoes for this kind of stew? I got a carton of them from a friend and want to know I can just use them since I don’t have extra money for fresh ones… my bad!

  5. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 22, 2013

    Hello Miar, I don’t like canned foods that much. If you want the best of tomato stew you should use only fresh tomatoes or a blend of both. Chumy, to answer your question, you a can add ginger if you like, I use it ocassionally. Tastes nice too! Lol

  6. lenora  August 16, 2013

    Hello! I use blend of tin tomatoes and fresh tomatoes and still end up with a little sour taste, is it bcus of d tin tomatoes?

  7. Joyce  August 16, 2013

    It is definitely not the tin tomato, just how you made the stew.

  8. jeni  August 18, 2013

    i havent tried it yet but i think i can do it.i just want to please my nigerian boyfriend whom i adore.

  9. Elizabeth  September 10, 2013

    just discovered your site today! wonderful! wonderful!! love all the recipe i have seen…kudos to you! Thanks for the tomato stew.

  10. Favour  March 2, 2014

    This is absolutely superb! I never knew that such a site exists. More grease to your elbow

  11. cherish  March 15, 2014

    i love dis site!! it is about to loose my lovely fiance just because i dont know how to cook. plz where can i get ur book in imo state. plz,help me!

  12. Steph  April 28, 2014

    Mair, you need to blend fresh pepper and onions and fry along with the tin tomatoes to give your tomato stew that fresh taste.

  13. Steph  April 28, 2014

    Hello everyone, here is the secret to making tomato stew without that soure taste! Wash and squeeze out the tomatoes seeds a little or simply cut them in halfs put them in a pot, cover and perboil for atleast 10 minutes or till you see them boiling and they have reduced in their original fresh size, bring down and drain in a sieve,blend and fry and the taste you’ll get will take you to heaven! Another method is: blend your tomatoes as usual, poure into a pot and sprinkle 2 pinches of salt and bring it down as soon as it starts to boil(dis method sepr8’s the water 4rm d tomatoes) pour the puree into a sieve, drain n fry and there wount be soure taste good luck.

    • khadija khalid  September 10, 2017

      Oh tnx dear cus I do hv a problem of sour stew.

  14. Morakinyo Isaiah  May 24, 2014

    My cooking has change for better ever since i adopted the recipe and cooking method of Chy Anegbu. It makes cooking so easy via her explicit step by step procedure. Thanks so much, at least I have stopped eating out. To everyone ‘ YOUR COOKING CAN REALLY IMPROVE with CHY ANEGBU’…….Thanks for showing me how to make tomato stew.

  15. ify  May 27, 2014

    I have a method i use in cooking my tomato stew…its simply by boiling…blend your tomato with pepper,onions,ginger and garlic(ginger and garlic optional)..season your meat with whatever spices you like,add water to cook,when its a bit done and the water is almost drying add the blended tomato and the tin tomato if ur using that,allow to boil till the water dries out,add your vegetable oil,sliced onions,maggi, curry and every other you wanna use and allow to boil for about 20 -30 mins… then its ready to eat ….. the taste is wonderful and hey you wont even notice the sour taste……*winks*

  16. cynthia  August 23, 2014

    Thank you ma,I rili enjoy these

  17. rejoice  September 19, 2014

    Hmm nice one, u re a genius ma, I will try that

  18. Phina  September 26, 2014

    hmmmm. this is my 1st time of logging on to this site though, i once made a tomatoes stew with sour taste and my fiance complained abt it.but thanks so much for this information.just continue to do what you know how to do best and the good God will reward you abundantly.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 27, 2014

      Phina, Thanks for visiting.

  19. Jewel  October 30, 2014

    Dearest Chy,

    hmmmmmm this is really nice, I know how to make tomatoes stew but i have not done this method before but i will give it a try.thanks for taking us all back to our various native root. it has really increased our cooking skills.

  20. chinenye luke  December 20, 2014

    Cn i use different maggi cubes for stew?

    • Chy Anegbu  December 22, 2014

      yes, if you mean different food sweetener. Maggi is only one of them. There is knorr, royco, etc.

  21. Anyiam Chima  February 7, 2015

    wow I took it as an experiment and it turned out perfect….. good work chef………

  22. N.G  February 20, 2015

    Kudos Chi But have you tried Red oil tomato stew, hmmmmmm very delicious that you cant resist.

    • Chy Anegbu  February 23, 2015

      Red oil? Ok, I will have to try that one, thanks

  23. adwoa afeafah  March 1, 2015

    wow thnxx Ma, will try dat bt kudos

  24. Mummy P  April 4, 2015

    This is nice though I use to add benny and chicken glory to bring out taste too..pls hw do I join ur site? I just Typed hw to make nigeria red stew and saw you, I dnt need to do it this way all d time. .Thanks Nwanyioma.

  25. Amaka  May 10, 2015

    I don’t think frying of food is all that healthy. I can’t remember the last I fried my stew. Of course I do sieve the water of the blended tomatoes and then cook with pot lid covered, Stirring frequently until the whole water dries up. Then add oil and cover the pot for sometime, add onions and do the same and then proceed with other ingredients and then the meat with its stock. The aroma is great.

  26. Patrick  June 7, 2015

    I just want to know how to make tomato stew with fresh fish only.

    &&&&Updated by Chy.
    There is really nothing difficult here. parboil the fish with all neccesary ingredients, fry your tomatoes and then add your spices, the parboiled fish and finally some vegetables.

  27. ifueko  July 30, 2015

    You are a wonderful cook. You have taught me a lot. Thank you.

  28. vivian  August 2, 2015

    I don’t know why my tomatoes stew is never sweet after using chicken glory and mivina please help I know my fiance is not happy but he isn’t complaining.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 2, 2015

      Sorry about that, you are obviously doing something wrong, tell me how you cook your own stew.

  29. Alice G  August 26, 2015

    Please I want to know will it be possible to fry tomato without drying the water first?

    • Chy Anegbu  August 27, 2015

      sure, you can do that but you will then have to fry for a longer period.

  30. wini  September 28, 2015

    thanks chy,
    keep up with the good works.

  31. eky ekams  October 15, 2015

    d recipes were really nice can’t wait to try them…..fnks keep up d good work

  32. sussie  November 25, 2015

    i just love the way you said it should be done, i will give it a trial. thanks madam

  33. Karyn  January 6, 2016

    Ma! This is a wonderful recipe. Pls how do i stem or boil the carrots and green beans? Thank you.

  34. FALUSI A.B  January 26, 2016

    Thanks a lot.Your site has really helped me a lot in my cooking.i recommend it to every woman who wants to be better in her cooking for her family. Thanks for showing me how to make tomato stew.

  35. Becky  August 13, 2016

    This is just a wonderful coincidence.I jst finished preparing tomato sauce whc turnd out 2 b sour,then I grabed my fone 2 find my way out and I stumbled on ur blog.May God bless u 4 me.

  36. Faith  March 22, 2017

    Pls how do i wash cow tail to get rid of sand o.l feel ao bad about it.Tanks

    • Chy Anegbu  March 25, 2017

      Use boiled water and salt. works for me. Chy

  37. Vivian  March 25, 2017

    I don’t really know how to make tomato stew and I believe with your help now I will. I am about to use your method now believing that the taste will come out delicious. I will come back when am done Lol.

  38. Hauwa  April 4, 2017

    I love all ur cooking recipe

  39. Fubec bliss  June 8, 2017

    I really appreciate ypur post ma’am,buh how do i join your page

  40. amaka  August 3, 2017

    Ma’am I want to learn how to cook the combination of fresh tomatoes and tin tomato, Each time I prepare it, it always come out sour taste, I do fry the fresh tomatoe a little beat and then add the tin tomato

    • Chy Anegbu  August 8, 2017

      The secret is in the quantity of oil used, you can pour it out later.
      I usually combine the both and fry.

  41. khadija khalid  September 10, 2017

    Hmmmm what a coincidence but fortunate one ma. Having dz probs dt baffle me(sour stew). Now I got it. Thanks for all the contributions.


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