Originally posted January 24, 2022

Authentic Albondigas Recipe (Mexican Meatballs)

Authentic Albondigas Recipe (Mexican Meatballs) by MexFoodJournal

Mexican meatballs are made with cilantro and hard boiled eggs, bathed in a thick, smoky chipotle salsa and served with a side of rice, tortillas or bread.


  • For the Salsa
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic cloves skin removed
  • 4 cups Beef broth or chicken broth
  • ¼ White onion
  • 1 Chipotle chili from a can of chipotle chilis
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup Water
  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 ¾ lbs. Ground beef
  • 3 Hardboiled eggs chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 Large egg
  • ¼ cup Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ White onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper


Prepare the Salsa

Roast the Veggies

1. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the tomatoes, onions and garlic.
2. Roast for 10 minutes, turning so that each side is evenly roasted. Be sure to only roast the garlic for two minutes. Any longer and it will taste bitter.
3. Once each side has blackened and the skin on the tomatoes has blistered, remove from the heat.

Blend the Salsa

1. Place the veggies into your blender, along with ¼ cup of water and one chili from a can of chipotle chilies.
2. Blend for 30 seconds or until very smooth. You shouldn’t be able to see any pieces of tomato skin. Important: Cover the top of the blender with a kitchen towel and hold the top in place as you blend. Because the vegetables are hot, the pressure could cause the top to pop off and splash the hot ingredients.

Cook the Salsa

1. Pour ¼ cup vegetable oil into a large pot heated over medium-high heat.
2. Once the oil is very hot, slowly pour the blended salsa into the pot. The salsa might splatter as you’re pouring, so work carefully.
3. Next, pour in the beef broth (or chicken broth).
4. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium and simmer until the tomato sauce darkens but doesn’t reduce. Meanwhile, make the meatballs.

Make the Meatballs

1. Dice the ¼ onion and finely chop the cilantro.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, large raw egg, diced onions, breadcrumbs, cilantro, salt and pepper.
3. Mix all ingredients using a wooden spoon or combine with your hands.

Roll the Meatballs

1. Break off a chunk of ground beef and roll into a rough ball.
2. Make a well with your finger in the meat and place a chunk of hard boiled egg in the well.
3. Close the well and roll into a ball. Repeat until you’ve rolled all the ground beef into balls.

Cook the Meatballs

1. Using kitchen tongs, place the raw meatballs into the hot salsa.
2. Cook for 20 minutes, turning over halfway through so the meatballs are evenly cooked.

Serve and Savor!
1. Place your meatballs on a plate and spoon over the salsa.
2. Serve with a side of rice, bread or tortillas.



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Adapted from

Mexican Food Journal


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