Albóndigas (Food Bloggers for Texas)

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Albóndigas

Albóndigas are Meatballs, Mexican-style! This Albóndigas recipe is my version of this traditional meatball and is brought to you as part of Food Bloggers for Texas, fifty-nine bloggers coming together to support everyone who was affected by Hurricane Harvey by posting the recipe that most conjures Texas to us. 

Food Bloggers for Texas is a group of bloggers who wanted to show solidarity with our fellow food bloggers in Texas, as well as the millions of others affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we wanted you to know we are in your corner.  In furtherance of that sentiment we are each sharing the recipe that most speaks “Texas” to us, and giving links to reputable charitable organizations for our readers to be able to donate to relief, should they choose.

 Supporting:


The Texas Diaper Bank

Save The Children – Hurricane Harvey

The Houston Humane Society 

Houston Food Bank

Salvation Army – Houston 

Samaritan’s Purse 

This recipe for Albóndigas  was inspired by some Meatballs I had in Texas quite a number of years ago. Who knew that meatballs weren’t just Italian in flavor? I didn’t at that time and it was a very pleasant surprise! The flavors of the Southwest really sing in these super-moist meatballs.

Combining both beef and pork, the meatballs have a hint of a tamale taste from crushed corn tortilla chips. Along with garlic, cilantro leaves, chipotle in adobo (for a bit of heat), cumin, coriander and some tomato Sofrito, they are incredibly flavorful! Once browned, they are simmered in a simple red chili sauce that is fabulous.

You’ll want these for the upcoming holiday seasons; they are a perfect party appetizer! You really need to try them! Also, check out the links to the other Food Bloggers for Texas posts below!

P~

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Albóndigas (Food Bloggers for Texas)
 
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Combining both beef and pork, the meatballs have a hint of a tamale taste from crushed corn tortilla chips. Along with garlic, cilantro leaves, chipotle in adobo (for a bit of heat), cumin, coriander and some tomato sofrito, they are incredibly flavorful! Once browned, they are simmered in a simple red chili sauce that is fabulous. The flavors of the Southwest really sing in these super-moist meatballs that are perfect for a party appetizer!
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Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ cup crushed corn tortilla chips
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons tomato Sofrito (I used Goya)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • FOR THE RED CHILI SAUCE:
  • 4 dried ancho chilies, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  2. Place the ground beef and pork in a large bowl; combine well.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the onion, garlic, cilantro leaves and chipotle in adobo. Pulse to chop, then add to the ground meat.
  4. In a small bowl add the crushed tortilla chips, milk, eggs, sofrito, cumin, coriander and salt . Allow to sit for 5 minutes until the tortilla chips are soft, then add to the meat mixture.
  5. Combine well, either stirring or using your hands to mix.
  6. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out a rounded tablespoon of the meat mixture and roll lightly until a ball is formed. Repeat until all meat mixture is used (about 36 meatballs).
  7. In a large non-stick skillet (if you don't have nonstick, you may want to use a bit of olive oil), over medium-high heat, cook the meatballs on all sides until browned (about 10 minutes). You may need to do this in batches. Remove to a platter when browned.
  8. FOR THE RED CHILI SAUCE:
  9. In a bowl, place the dry chilies, pour in boiling water, cover and let sit for 15 minutes, until the chilies are soft.
  10. Drain off the water and place the softened chilies in the bowl of a food processor.
  11. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and pulse to chop.
  12. Remove the chili mixture to the skillet used for the meatballs and add the chicken stock.
  13. Stir to combine well.
  14. Add the meatballs back to the skillet, salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chili sauce has thickened.

 

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight.

I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I’m gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading…and commenting! P~

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18 Responses to Albóndigas (Food Bloggers for Texas)

  1. Colleen says:

    This is a new one to me…can’t wait to try them. They sound way more flavorful than Italian meatballs!

  2. Carlee says:

    These albondigas look amazing! I think they would be fun to serve to our football watching crew as well. What a great Texas tribute!

  3. Anne says:

    I never knew there was such a thing! They sound delicious, I’m going to make these soon!

  4. Anni S says:

    Oh that looks delicious! <3

  5. Wendy Klik says:

    These sound amazing Paula.

  6. Jenne says:

    Wow I cannot believe I live here and never have heard of these. I am going to have to give these a try!

  7. Holy cow these sound so great! I love these meatballs on a taco!

  8. I’ve heard of these but never made them. They look delicious! I’ll have to add them to my list.

  9. Wow… It is a new one to me… I really can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m going to make these soon!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Looking forward to more recipes like this. Best wishes and Regards.

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