How to make Spicy Spanish Meatballs

On an unforgettable journey through the vibrant and sun-kissed lands of Spain, I had the pleasure of tasting a dish that embodied the fiery spirit and rich culinary traditions of the region: Spicy Spanish Meatballs. Known locally as “Albóndigas”, these succulent meatballs are crafted from quality beef, mixed with breadcrumbs for an irresistible tenderness, and simmered in a luscious tomato sauce infused with a delicate blend of herbs and spices. The flavors were bold yet harmonious, with each bite delivering a gentle warmth that evokes the passion of its origins.

Driven by a desire to recreate this culinary masterpiece at home, I embarked on a culinary quest, experimenting with various ingredients and techniques. After numerous trials and much anticipation, I finally honed a recipe that brought forward the authentic taste and soul-warming comfort of the original dish. It is with great enthusiasm and a heartfelt wish to share a piece of Spanish gastronomy that I present to you my version of Spicy Spanish Meatballs. May it inspire you to explore the rich tapestry of flavors Spain has to offer, bringing a taste of its cherished food culture right to your table.

Spicy Spanish Meatballs

Spicy Spanish Meatballs, known as "Albóndigas" in Spain, offer a taste of Spanish cuisine's fiery spirit and rich traditions. This delicacy combines quality beef, breadcrumbs for tenderness, and a harmonious tomato sauce enriched with herbs and spices, yielding bold yet balanced flavors. Each bite delivers warmth that mirrors the passion of its Mediterranean origins. After being inspired by a culinary journey in Spain, I crafted a recipe that captures the authentic taste and comfort of the original dish. With enthusiasm, I share this Spicy Spanish Meatballs recipe, inviting others to explore the multifaceted flavors of Spain and to bring a piece of its revered food culture to their tables.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 589 kcal


  • 1 large skillet
  • 1 serving bowl


Spanish Meatballs

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon smoked
  • paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 500 grams beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Smoked Paprika Tomato Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked
  • paprika
  • 500 grams tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Soak the breadcrumbs in dairy for five minutes before pressing out any remaining water.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Make 12 balls out of the flour mix and place them on a table to work with.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Heat the meatballs for four minutes, rotating once or until golden brown.
  • Heat for about four minutes with the spray of excess oil, onions, ginger, and bay leaf.
  • Wait for another minute till the paprika is aromatic.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the bowl after stirring in the tomatoes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve right away.
Keyword beef, Tomato Sauce

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Top 5 FAQs about Spicy Spanish Meatballs

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  • What are the key ingredients in Spicy Spanish Meatballs? The essential ingredients for creating authentic Spicy Spanish Meatballs, or “Albóndigas,” include high-quality beef, breadcrumbs, and a rich tomato sauce. Herbs like parsley or coriander, along with spices such as paprika, cumin, and garlic, are crucial for achieving the signature bold yet balanced flavors.
  • How can I ensure my meatballs are tender and flavorful? To achieve tender and flavorful meatballs, use fresh, high-quality ground beef and incorporate breadcrumbs to the mix; these help retain moisture inside the meatballs. Additionally, blend your spices and herbs well with the meat and breadcrumb mixture, and don’t overmix to keep the texture soft. Simmering the meatballs gently in the tomato sauce also allows them to absorb the flavors while maintaining tenderness.
  • What’s the best way to form uniform meatballs? Using a cookie scoop or spoon can help ensure each meatball is of equal size, which promotes even cooking. Wetting your hands lightly with water before shaping the meatballs can prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands and help achieve smoother balls.
  • Can Spicy Spanish Meatballs be made ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the meatballs and sauce ahead of time. Simply cook them according to the recipe, allow them to cool, and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, gently reheat the meatballs in the sauce on the stove until warmed through. They can also be frozen for longer storage.
  • Are there any serving suggestions to complement these meatballs? Spicy Spanish Meatballs can be served in various delightful ways: alongside crusty bread for dipping into the sauce, over a bed of fluffy rice or al dente pasta to make a more substantial meal, or even as a tapas dish for a shared dining experience. Pairing with a Spanish red wine, like Tempranillo, enhances the dining experience by complementing the rich flavors of the meatballs.

In conclusion, Spicy Spanish Meatballs, or “Albóndigas,” present a culinary journey that is as rich and varied as the culture from which it springs. By combining high-quality beef with breadcrumbs for tenderness, and simmering these in a robust tomato sauce infused with the perfect blend of herbs and spices, this dish manages to capture the essence of Spanish cuisine—bold, yet perfectly balanced flavors that dance on the palate. My journey to perfecting this recipe has been inspired by a genuine appreciation for the depth of flavor and tradition that Spanish cuisine offers. Sharing this recipe is more than just an invitation to try a new meal; it’s an opportunity to bring the warmth, passion, and spirited conversation of Spain into your own home. Whether enjoyed among family, shared with friends, or savored in a moment of solitary indulgence, Spicy Spanish Meatballs are a testament to the joys of good food, lovingly prepared and thoughtfully shared. It’s my hope that this dish not only delights your taste buds but also inspires you to explore the rich tapestry of flavors that make Spanish cuisine truly unforgettable.


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