6 Irresistible Albóndigas Recipes to Celebrate National Meatball Day

This Saturday, March 9th, is National Meatball Day. Yes, we’re serious. And we think that the best way to celebrate this food holiday is with none other but our best albóndigas recipes. These six delicious recipes will have you licking your lips all day. Now, what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!

1. Albóndigas En Salsa Roja

Albóndigas en Salsa Roja

Ingredients:
3 ancho or 5 guajillo chiles
2 medium fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped, or 1 can (14 oz.) stewed tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 2 sprigs cilantro 
Salt
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 2 sprigs cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup vegetable oil or lard

Get the full recipe on Latina.com.


2. Albóndigas con Salsa de Chile de Arbol (Mexican Meatballs)

Albóndigas con Salsa de Chile de Arbol (Mexican Meatballs with Chile de Arbol Salsa)

Ingredients: 
32 MEATBALLS: Certified Angus Beef ® Ground Chuck, 1 1/4 lb.
1/2 Red Pepper, diced
1/2 Yellow Pepper, diced
1/2 Red onion, diced
2 tablespoons Chives, sliced 1/8”
3 sprigs Mint Leaves, sliced thin
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste
1 quart Salsa de Arbol: Tomatillos, papery husk removed and rinsed, 1 lb.
1/2 pound tomatoes
6 Garlic cloves, whole
1/2 White Onion cut into chunks
8 Arbol chilies
1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
1 teaspoon salt to taste

Get the full recipe on The Latin Kitchen.


3. Albóndigas Camagüey (Beef, Pork and Pine Nut Meatballs)

Albóndigas Camagüey (Beef, Pork and Pine Nut Meatballs)

Ingredients: 
2 pounds ground beef
2 pounds ground pork
4 slices bacon, grinded
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
4 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
2 3/4 ounces romaine hears, white part only, minced
4 eggs, beaten
4 ounces Cuban bread, crust removed and soaked in milk
4 ounces milk
6 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
3 ounces pine nuts, chopped
1 loaf Cuban bread, crust removed and cubed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
3 tablespoons scallions, sliced

Get the full recipe from The Latin Kitchen.


4. Cocido de Albóndigas y Verduras (Meatballs and Vegetables Stew)

Cocido de Albóndigas y Verduras (Meatballs and Vegetables Stew)

Ingredients:
1/2 pound ground beef (sirloin recommended)
1/2 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground quick oats
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 egg
1 dash Salt and Pepper
1 vegetable oil for frying
2 medium carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
1/2 cup peas, frozen
1/2 cup green beans
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup dry red wine

Get the full recipe on The Latin Kitchen.


5. Albóndigas en Salsa Verde

Albóndigas en Salsa Verde

Ingredients:
1 pound tomatillos husked and rinsed
2 white onions peeled (one grated the other quartered)
2 garlic cloves
1 chile chipotle in adobo plus one tablespoon of sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
*kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground turkey
2 carrots finely grated
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
10 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 

Get the full recipe on The Latin Kitchen.


6. Albóndigas Encebolladas (Latin American Style Onion Meatballs)

Albóndigas Encebolladas (Latin American Style Onion Meatballs)

Ingredients: 
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1 slice white bread (shredded)
1/4 cup minced onions
2 tablespoon sun-cooked rice
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed French Onion Soup plus 1 can of water

Get the full recipe on The Latin Kitchen.