Albondigas y arroz (meatballs and rice)

Torrey Moseley


My friend Adrianna was over again last night. She taught me how to make traditional Mexican albondigas (meatballs). We served them up with tomato rice in a luscious tomato sauce. All made from scratch of course!


★★★★★ 1 vote

40 Min
40 Min



  • 1
    pound ground beef
  • 1
    pound ground pork
  • 3
    lg raw eggs
  • 1
    cup bread crumbs
  • 2 to 3
    hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1
    cup fresh mint leaves (yerba buena)
  • 3 to 5
    cloves garlic
  • 5
    whole cloves (1/4 tsp ground)
  • 10
    whole peppercorns (1/2 tsp ground)
  • 1/2
    tsp salt
  • ·
    good pinch of cumin seeds (1/4 tsp ground)

  • 15 or so
    roma tomatoes
  • 4
    cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 tsp
    cumin seeds (or ground cumin)
  • 10
    whole peppercorns
  • 5
    whole cloves
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 to 1/2
    cup canned chipoltles in adobo (san marcos brand if you can get it)
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • RICE

  • 1 1/2
    cups uncooked rice
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 4 to 5
    roma tomatoes
  • 2
    cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp
  • ·
    water (approx 2 to 2 1/2 cups)

How to Make Albondigas y arroz (meatballs and rice)


  1. For meatballs:
    1. Grind garlic, mint, cloves, peppercorns, salt and cumin in molcajete to form liquidy paste. If you don't have a molcajete...use a food processor.
    2. Place meats in large bowl. Add liquefied herb mixture, raw eggs and bread crumbs. Mix well (come on, use your hands).
    3. Grab handful of meat mixture (a little smaller than a baseball). Flatten in hand.
    4. Place small amount of chopped hard-boiled egg in center and form ball around chopped egg so that it's in the middle.
    5. Slightly brown meatballs in pan with canola oil. Do NOT cook through. They will cook through later when they're in the sauce.
  2. For Sauce:

    1. In large pot, boil whole tomatoes until skin breaks. Let cool a little and peel off skins.
    2. Save out 4 to 5 tomatoes for rice.
    3. Remove seeds from chipoltles.
    4. Place remaining tomatoes in blender with garlic, cumin, cloves, pepper, salt and chipoltles. Blend until smooth.
    5. Pour sauce in large pot. Add bay leaves. Gently place meatballs in sauce making sure all meatballs are covered.
    6. Bring to boil on stove, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. NOTE: May OMIT chipoltles if you want it less spicy.
  4. For Rice:
    1. Place rice in skillet with canola oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until rice is slightly toasted but not brown.
    2. In blender, blend boiled/skinned tomatoes, water, garlic and salt until smooth.
    3. Pour over rice in skillet and stir. Bring to boil then cover and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is tender. Do NOT stir during cooking process.
  5. Plate up rice with a few meatballs, pour sauce over meatballs.

Printable Recipe Card

About Albondigas y arroz (meatballs and rice)

Course/Dish: Beef
Hashtags: #rice #meatball

Show 10 Comments & Reviews

A School Week's Worth Of Back To School Dinner Ideas Recipe

A School Week's Worth of Back to School Dinner Ideas

Kitchen Crew

It's that time of year that parents love and hate at the same time... back-to-school. I remember the days of getting back on a morning schedule, heading to the bus...

27 Easy Camping Recipes

27 Easy Camping Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Getting ready for a weekend camping trip? Here are 27 easy, no-hassle, camping-friendly recipes that everyone will love!

22 A+ Back-to-school Recipes

22 A+ Back-To-School Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

It's time to go back, back, back to school again! Check out these quick and easy dinner recipes that the entire family (yes, we said entire family...even the picky eaters)...