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Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

Spanish meatballs stuffed with cream cheese in a tomato chipotle broth.


  • 1/2 Pound Group Beef
  • 1/2 Pound Ground Pork
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 6 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 10 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 6 ounce Can Salsa de Chipotle (or Chipotles in Adobo Sauce)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cups Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint (dried if unable to find)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth (low sodium)
  • 12 6-8 inch Corn or Flour Tortillas for serving
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


1. Add the rice to 2 cups of salted water in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes so that the rice is still al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain and put aside. 2. Add the tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1 clove garlic and 2 teaspoons of the chipotle salsa to a blender and process until smooth. You can substitute 1 chipotle in adobo sauce if you aren't able to locate the salsa in the international section of your grocery store. Add the mixture to large sauce pot with the olive oil over medium heat. In the mean time add 1/2 of the onion, 1 clove garlic, mint, cumin and the egg to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. 3. Combine the sauce with the ground beef, pork and rice (do not over-mix). Place a small ball of meat into the palm of your hand and form a well. Add about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese to the center and then add more of the meat mixture to form a 2 1/2 inch ball. Add the ball to the tomato sauce and continue until all of the meat mixture has been used. 4. Add enough stock to the pot in order to completely cover the meatballs. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. Add the bay leaves to the pot and allow the meatballs to poach for 30 minutes until they are completely cooked through. 5. Serve in bowls with extra chipotle salsa and tortillas on the side.

Nutritional Facts
Calories Per Serving474
Total Fat34g53%
Vitamin A501µg56%
Vitamin B122µg31%
Vitamin B60.8mg41.1%
Vitamin C54mg90%
Vitamin D0.5µg0.1%
Vitamin E2mg10%
Vitamin K25µg31%
Folate (food)51µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)51µg13%
Niacin (B3)7mg33%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg23.7%
Thiamin (B1)0.6mg37.5%