Spanish Meatballs (Albondigas)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

An easy and delicious tapa dish. There are many versions of albondigas and this is one that I hope you like. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the ground beef with the egg and half of the chopped onion. Season with one stock cube and black pepper.
  2. Pour olive oil into a large pot and heat. Roll the meat mixture into the size of ping pong balls and add them to the oil. Fry until almost done then add the rest of the onion and fry together for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes to the meatballs; add the red wine, the other stock cube and black pepper to season. Let everything simmer for another 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

This is super fast to put together and smells wonderful while cooking! My bouillon cubes wouldn't really crush up, so I used powder bouillon instead. I probably made my meatballs too large (I ended up with 13). I think they overcooked, though, and should only be browned before adding the onion. The additional cooking and the simmering with the tomatoes cooks them well. I also would add some salt next time. I know it's tricky because of the bouillon. Made for ZWT 8.

JackieOhNo! July 28, 2012

Great little tapas dish, tasty and easy to do midweek. Very versatile as would go well with pasta or noodles. We just used a toothpick and had a couple each . Made for ZWT8.

katew July 25, 2012

I made a full recipe as the packet of mince (very lean) was just that even though only 3 of us were dining (1 serve left over) and used a red onion and the DM and DS certainly enjoyed, I used tomatoes picked fresh off the vine from the garden and a shiraz wine and cooked as per recipe, for me I would like to have put some fresh herbs in (oregano and basil) but realize that this is not traditional to this recipe, I served over bow pasta with steamed vegetables for a very enjoyable dinner. Thank you Nif made for Went to Market.

I'mPat February 11, 2011