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Authentic Mexican Meatballs (Albondigas Mexicanas)

Find out how to make these delicious, easy to make, Mexican meatballs, known as "albondigas" in Spanish. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: meatballs
Servings: 20 Meatballs
Calories: 97kcal


For the Meatballs

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white rice partially cooked (per instructions below)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

  • 5 roma tomatoes roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic roasted
  • 1/4 onion roasted
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 large potatoes cut into cubes
  • 2 sticks celery cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce optional


  • Start by adding the 1/2 cup of white rice to a pan with 1/2 cup of water and let boil for 10 minutes to partially cook the rice. Let cool and set aside. 
  • Add all of the meatball ingredients, including the rice, in a large bowl and mix well. 
  • Once combined, form balls that are approximately 1 inch in diameter, and place on a baking sheet. 
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until sufficiently browned on the outside. 
  • Separately, blend the ingredients for the salsa in a blender, and then saute the salsa with 1 tsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and let boil for approximately 5 minutes. 
  • Add the celery and the cooked meatballs. 
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for approximately 20 minutes longer until the meatballs and potatoes are completely cooked through. 
  • Accompany with rice, beans, and tortillas. 


Serving: 1Meatball | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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