Albondigas (Mexican Meatballs)

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Spicy meatballs in a chunky tomato sauce.

"I made this a couple of weeks ago and my whole family loved it. I doubled the recipe for my large family.
I added some dried oregano to the sauce and served it with rice. You could probably make great meatball tortilla wraps with salad too."

- Dlstar

Ingredients

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-- MEATBALLS --
400 grams Ground beef; (minced beef)
1 clove Garlic; chopped
1 medium Chili pepper; chopped
1 large Egg; beaten
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
2 tablespoons Bread crumbs
1 pinch Salt; or to taste
1/2 teaspoon Pepper, black; or to taste
2 tablespoon Oil; for frying
-- SAUCE --
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 large Onion; chopped
1 medium Bell pepper; chopped
1/2 teaspoon Coriander, Ground
1/2 teaspoon Cumin; chopped
1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1 can (16 oz) Tomatoes; chopped
1 clove Garlic
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper, black

Original recipe makes 4

Servings  

Preparation

MEATBALLS:

Preheat oven to 200C/ 392F

Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Shape into 16-20 small meatballs.

Heat some oil and fry the meatballs for 5-10 minutes. When browned, remove from heat and drain on kitchen paper.

Place in an ovenproof dish.

SAUCE:

In a pan deep enough to hold a fair amount of liquid, heat the oil over a medium heat.

Slowly fry the chopped pepper and onion until soft.

Add chilli, cumin, coriander and garlic, and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Pour sauce over the meatballs and cook in the middle of the oven at 200C/ 392F for 20 minutes. Serve with pasta.

N.B. If served with a nice salad and maybe a dessert to follow, it serves 4. If you like these meatballs (read: are really greedy like us), you may find the above recipe only serves 2.

Notes

I have never tried freezing them, but I often serve them at informal dinner parties; one of their biggest advantages is the possibility for advance preparation, and simply boiling some pasta and popping the dish of meatballs in the oven when the guests arrive.

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I made this a couple of weeks ago and my whole family loved it. I doubled the recipe for my large family. I added some dried oregano to the sauce and served it with rice. You could probably make great meatball tortilla wraps with salad too.
Dlstar 3 years ago
I have never tried freezing them, but I often serve them at informal dinner parties; one of their biggest advantages is the possibility for advance preparation, and simply boiling some pasta and popping the dish of meatballs in the oven when the guests arrive. [I posted this recipe.]
8 years ago
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