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Crafting the quintessential Albondigas begins with the meticulous preparation of the meatballs themselves. In a culinary symphony of flavors, a blend of ground beef, breadcrumbs soaked in milk, finely chopped onion, and minced garlic form the base. This harmonious mixture is further elevated by the addition of a lightly beaten egg, which binds the ingredients together with finesse. Infused with the warm, earthy notes of ground cumin and the subtle smokiness of paprika, each meatball is seasoned to perfection, ensuring a symphony of taste with every bite. Shaped by hand into tender orbs, these meatballs promise a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is both comforting and indulgent.

Savoring the Savory Sauce:

No Albondigas would be complete without its signature sauce—a rich, tomato-based masterpiece that serves as the perfect companion to the tender meatballs. In a skillet imbued with the essence of olive oil, finely chopped onions dance alongside minced garlic, their aromatic presence infusing the air with anticipation. With a flourish, crushed tomatoes join the ensemble, their vibrant hue a testament to the freshness of their flavor. To this symphony of ingredients, chicken or beef broth is added, infusing the sauce with a depth and complexity that tantalizes the taste buds. Ground cumin and paprika lend their distinctive notes, transforming the sauce into a culinary masterpiece that is as robust as it is nuanced.

Merging Meatballs and Sauce:

With the stage set and the players assembled, it is time for the grand finale—the union of meatballs and sauce in a culinary pas de deux. With precision and care, the meatballs are gently nestled into the simmering sauce, each one enveloped in a cocoon of rich, flavorful goodness. Covered and left to simmer over a low flame, the meatballs tenderize and absorb the essence of the sauce, their flavors melding together in perfect harmony. As the aroma permeates the air, anticipation reaches its peak, promising a culinary experience that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Presenting the Perfect Plate:

At long last, the moment of truth arrives—a tantalizing tableau of Albondigas awaits, each element meticulously prepared and artfully presented. Garnished with a flourish of chopped fresh parsley, the dish exudes an air of sophistication and elegance. Whether served as a main course accompanied by a mound of fluffy rice or crusty bread, or presented as tapas to be shared amongst friends, these Albondigas are a testament to the timeless allure of Spanish cuisine. With each forkful, diners are transported on a journey of flavor—a culinary adventure that celebrates tradition, craftsmanship, and the simple joy of savoring a truly exquisite meal.

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For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef (you can also use a mixture of beef and pork)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare the meatballs:
    • In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let it sit for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs absorb the milk.
    • In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, soaked breadcrumbs, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.
    • Shape the mixture into meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. Cook the meatballs:
    • Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until browned on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the cooked meatballs and set them aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce:
    • In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of olive oil if needed. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
    • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, chicken or beef broth, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Combine and simmer:
    • Carefully return the meatballs to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20-25 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  5. Serve:
    • Once the meatballs are cooked, garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
    • Serve the Albondigas hot, either as a main dish with rice or crusty bread, or as tapas.

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