Albóndigas in tomato sauce

These tasty albóndigas (Spanish meatballs) in tomato sauce are an easy snack to serve at a tapas evening!

40 minutes 6 people Side dishes
Albóndigas in tomato sauce


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  • 600 grams of minced beef
  • 1 garlic clove
  • small handful of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch nutmeg

Tomato sauce ingredients

  • 600 grams of canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Albóndigas in tomato sauce ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • medium bowl
  • deep frying pan
  • large frying pan
  • wooden spoon


40 minutes 6 people Side dishes

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Preparation – 20 minutes

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic cloves. Mix one of the chopped garlic cloves with the minced beef, an egg, a pinch of nutmeg and a handful of breadcrumbs.

Do not add too many breadcrumbs or the meatballs will become dry. Season the minced meat with salt and pepper and then roll into small meatballs.

Albóndigas in tomato sauce
Albóndigas in tomato sauce

Finishing the albóndigas in tomato sauce – 20 minutes

Heat a dash of olive oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion and the remaining chopped garlic. After a few minutes, add the chopped tomatoes and lower the heat to medium.

Let the tomato sauce thicken and add a teaspoon of sugar. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. After a while the sauce will be nice and thick and the tomato chunks will have broken down. If this hasn’t happened, you can purée the tomato sauce with a stick blender.

Heat a dash of olive oil in a large frying pan, and fry the meatballs until golden brown all over. Transfer the meatballs to the pan of sauce and heat for a few more minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy your dinner!

Albóndigas in tomato sauce: frequently asked questions

What are albóndigas?

Albóndigas is the Spanish word for meatballs. These are usually served in a tomato sauce, peanut sauce or a vegetable salsa.

How far in advance can I make albóndigas?

You can make both the meatballs and tomato sauce in advance, simply reheat the meatballs in the sauce just before serving.

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