Jollof Rice with Beef


Rice stewed in a tomato and meat sauce--a delicious savory West African dish.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
41 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 6 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder

  • 3 large tomatoes, diced

  • ¾ cup water

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite-size chunks

  • 4 cups jasmine rice

  • water to cover


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until dark and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, 3/4 cup water, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a separate pot. Season stew meat with salt and pepper. Cook in the hot oil until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

  3. Stir meat into the simmering tomato mixture. Add jasmine rice. Pour in enough water to cover the rice. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until stew meat and rice are tender, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

The beef can be left out or substituted with chicken or fish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

525 Calories
13g Fat
84g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 525
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 369mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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