Day 5 – Albondigas

A Spanish tapas dish, these spicy meatballs can easily be adapted to a main meal, and are especially good when paired with Mexican red rice (Arroz Rojo), which is posted above.  Make double the quantity and freeze half the cooked meatballs for a speedy meal in a few weeks’ time.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS2 onions, finely chopped; 250g pork mince; 250g beef mince; 1 tsp dried oregano; 60g fresh breadcrumbs; 1 tsp ground cumin; 1 egg, beaten; salt and freshly ground black pepper; 100ml vegetable oil; 3 tbsp olive oil; 2 x 400g tins diced tomatoes; 4 mild red chillies, seeds removed and finely chopped(to taste); 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped; ½ cup beef stock; salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place half of the onions, the pork and beef mince, oregano, breadcrumbs, cumin and egg into a large bowl. Mix together well, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Using your hands, roll the mince mixture into 4cm balls.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned all over. Drain from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

In another pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the remaining onions, garlic and chillies and fry until soft and golden. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the beef stock to the sauce and stir well, then the meatballs and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.


$8.70 for four people

3 thoughts on “Day 5 – Albondigas”

  1. I tried this today, served with Pappas Fritas. Exceptional meal and more than enough for lunches as well! Thank you and congratulations on your book deal!

  2. This was consumed by Family+ Nonno, plus First borns friend. I always have to double the recipe. The youngest helped prepare, and also suggested Couscous as a side dish. I also put 1/2 a cup of Tempestina n.49 (very small dots of pasta made for soups) into the sauce during the simmer stage to add bulk for the hungery hordes. Who are now watching Football. Do we want Tigers or Raiders to win???? Which would be better for the Panthers?

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