Albóndigas de Res Recipe (Dominican Meatballs)

Albóndigas de Res Recipe (Dominican Meatballs): Nearly every country seems to have a version of meatballs, but these something else. You gotta try them.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican
Keyword dominican albondigas recipe, dominican-style meatballs, how to make dominican meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 574kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


For the meatballs

  • 2 lb [0.9 kg] ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup day-old fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion , diced or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 garlic clove , crushed

For the sauce

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 bell pepper , diced
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 6 big tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper , or to taste


For the meatballs

  • Mix 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.

For the sauce

  • In a heavy saucepan heat the oil over low heat. Add the onions and cook and stir until the onions become translucent.
  • Stir in garlic, pepper and capers. Stir until heated through. Pour in tomato sauce and stir in tomatoes. Add water.
  • Simmer until it breaks the boil. Carefully place the meatballs into the sauce. Simmer covered until cooked throughout (about 10 mins), turning them regularly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with rice of your choice.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1356mg | Potassium: 1026mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1950IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5mg