Albóndigas guisadas are the classic Dominican meatballs made with beef and cooked in tomato sauce. These are juicy, flavorful, easy to make, and perfect over a bed of steaming Dominican-style rice for a foolproof Dominican lunch or dinner your guests will surely love.

For the meatballs – ¾ pound minced beef, [0.34 kg] – 1 egg , (medium) big – ½ cup breadcrumbs, or homemade breadcrumbs (our recipe) – 1 small red onion, minced – ¼ teaspoon pepper , (freshly-cracked, or ground) – 1½ teaspoon salt – ½ tablespoon mashed garlic – 6 tablespoons olive oil – ...


Step 1:

Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and knead with your hands until it is well-mixed. Put two tablespoons of this mixture in the palm of your hand and roll into balls. Repeat until all the mixture is used.

Step 2:

 Remove the meatballs from the skillet. At this point they are still raw inside, they will finish cooking later on.Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs, turning carefully as they cook until they are lightly browned.

Step 3:

Remove half the oil from the skillet, and lower heat to medium-low. Add the onions and cook and stir until the onions become translucent. Stir in garlic, bell pepper, and capers. Stir until heated through and stir in tomatoes. Pour in the tomato sauce. Add 1 cup of water, and let it come to a boil.

Step 4:

Once it breaks the boil, carefully place the meatballs into the sauce. Simmer covered until they are cooked throughout, turning them to cook evenly (about 7 mins per side). Season with salt to taste, and add the parsley. Remove from the heat and serve.

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