Nigerian Pepper Sauce- Ata Dindin

Nigerian Pepper Sauce is an incredibly versatile pepper sauce made with Sweet Bell Peppers. This sauce is so versatile, it can be paired with numerous dishes like Boiled rice, Boiled or fried Yam and Plantain, Potatoes, Pasta and even Bread.

This recipe calls for Dried Red Chillies only because I love its taste and flavour in stews but if you can’t source it, please use Scotch Bonnets (Ata Rodo)  instead. You don’t have to use Vegetable Oil, you may use any other type of cooking oil you prefer but please do not use condiments like Thyme and Curry if your Oil of choice is Palm Oil. Thyme and Curry Powder interfere with the flavour of Palm oil.

Nigerian Pepper Sauce

Nigerian pepper sauce



300-500g Boiled and Fried/Grilled Meats(Bite-size pieces)

2-3 Cooking Spoons Vegetable Oil

1 Cup Rich Chicken or Beef Stock

4 Big Red Bell Peppers (Tatashe)

2 Onions

1/2 Cup Dried Red Chilli / Ata Gbigbe (or use as much as you can tolerate)

2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)

2 Knorr Chicken Cubes

1 Teaspoon Curry Powder

1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

Salt to Taste


Soak the Dried Red Chillies in hot water for 30 minutes..

Then blend the Red Bell Peppers, 1 Onion, Soaked Red Chillies coarsely. Do not add water to this. Sieve as much moisture as you can from the peppers and set aside..

Nigerian pepper sauce

Place a wok or saucepan on medium heat, add the vegetable oil. When it heats up, add 1 chopped Onion and sauté till the onions caramelise. This should take 6-8 minutes. After sautéing, add the Minced Garlic and continue to sauté for a further minute…

If you’re using Palm oil, bleach a bit before adding the onions…

Then add the Pepper Mix….

Nigerian pepper sauce

Also add the Thyme, Curry, Knorr Cubes and Salt to Taste..

Combine thoroughly and leave to fry for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir from time to time to prevent burning. After 10 minutes, add the Beef or Chicken Stock, combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Then, leave to fry for a further 3 minutes…

Then turn the heat down to low, add the Fried Meats…

Nigerian pepper sauce

Stir and combine, then leave to fry for a further 15 minutes. Your Pepper Sauce is ready. You can decant some of the excess oil and use for your next pot of stew.

Nigerian pepper sauce

Nigerian pepper sauceEnjoy with Boiled Rice, Plantain, Yam, Potatoes or Pasta…

Nigerian pepper sauce


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39 thoughts on “Nigerian Pepper Sauce- Ata Dindin

  1. I tried the pepper sauce . came out very good. My household doesnt eat pepper a lot so i added a bulb of tomatoes. The food just has a peppery aroma not as peppery as it scents. Came out really really nice and very cool for the cold weather. Ate with rice and steamed leafy vegetables (pumpkin and green) and of cos snails 😊. Thanks sisi for the recipe. God bless your handwork. Will be trying other recipes .

    • Sorry for the late response, glad the recipe worked out great for you, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a feedback. God bless you more…

  2. I’m a guy and I love to cook. I’d always been concerned with volume as being Igbo, we aren’t lovers of the spicy life so I usually supplement with tomatoes but I will try with just pepper over the weekend. Lmao. I can’t wait to sh*t fire.

  3. Soooooo……after trying out the otong soup a couple of days ago and getting prayers from those who partook of it…..I decided to push the boat out and try another recipe…..I chose this one….and guess what?

    Even more prayers and compliments (by the bucket load) ensued from the partakers!!!!!

    I’m encouraged!!! Will make it a weekly challenge to try at least one recipe per week!!!

    Many thanks Sisi J…..You’re doing a phenomenal job……Rock on!!!!!!!

  4. Tried this recipe and it was awesome like I can’t get over the sauce. Thanks so much SisI Jemimah! You are the best :*

  5. Hello, I have just made this and it is amazing, delicious , and looks good. I included fried diced plantain to it and it is wonderful.. thank you very much for the recipe.

  6. I will tell you the story behind this stew. I saw it on Instagram When I was pregnant I have since then been salivating. We spent so much ordering from different restaurant but they end up not getting it and as soon as I lay my eyes on it , I just discard it . I saw this yesterday and gathered all the recipe after making this dish today all I can say is ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. My little baby is also saying thanks . Best meal to have on a day like this when it’s snowing . Happy Sunday

  7. I tried your recipe and it was very nice. I didn’t use Dried Chilli but I used Dried Tatashe and added some Locust beans and it was superb. You are doing a good job. Thank you

  8. I just tried it very delicious although I think I went a bit overboard with the pepper 🌶 it was hot . Children were sweating 😅, runny nose but they couldn’t stop😂😂

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