Colombian Style Stuffed Meatloaf (Albondigón Colombiano)

by Erica Dinho on June 5, 2009

Albondigón or Colombian Style Meat loaf

Albondigón Colombiano

This delicious Albondigón is a traditional Colombian dish. I grew up watching my grandmother and my mom rolling this meatloaf at least once a week. They use to roll the meatloaf in a large piece of fabric, tie the ends and cook it in a pot with water and vegetables. I just baked mine to make a little change.
Albondigón can be served hot or cold, either as a snack or as a part of a main meal and it makes great picnic food.



(8 Servings)

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Pound ground pork
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cooked eggs
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small carrot, cooked and cut into thin strips


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl mix the ground beef, ground pork, onions, scallions, garlic, bread crumbs, mustard, whisked eggs, parsley, salt, ground cumin and pepper, mix well until combined.
  3. Place a large piece of plastic on the kitchen counter and place the meat mixture on top. Flatten into a pattie and place the red pepper strips, the carrots and cooked eggs in the center of the pattie.
  4. Star rolling the meat mixture to enclose the eggs and vegetables completely. The plastic will help to tie the meatloaf.
  5. Spray a cooking sheet and take the plastic off the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf on the cooking sheet and cook in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  6. Let it cool and serve.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eric June 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I’ve never seen anything like that and I would definitely love to try it. Meatloaf is one of my guilty pleasures :)



2 Gera @ SweetsFoods June 5, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Tamaño albondigon and interesting that combine beef more pork!
Beautiful colors on this dish, no doubt that tastes super :)

Have a great weekend :)



3 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Love the stuffing in the meatloaf! This reminds me of my grandmother’s dish of a meatloaf with a omelet stuffing. Yummy!


4 Joan Nova June 6, 2009 at 6:49 AM

I love stuffed meats and think it’s a great presentation for guests — the center surprise! I can’t imagine boiling it like your grandmother did. I’m sure the cloth held it together but I don’t think I’ve ever tasted boiled ‘ground’ meat and while it sounds interesting, I’ve always preferred the oven method.


5 nora@ffr June 6, 2009 at 7:17 AM

OMG!! this meat loaf is looking fabulous and taty.. i cant wait to try this out.. yumyumm!!! btw excellent shot.. keep it up!! :)


6 Sophie June 6, 2009 at 7:47 AM

This is so lovely, Erica! Rich, colourful & so delicious!
Yum Yum Yum,…


7 OysterCulture June 6, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Hi Erica, this dish looks absolutely wonderful. I just saw an article on grilling meat loaf and I wonder how this dish would work cooked like that.


8 Erica June 6, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Thank you all for the comments!

Oyster Culture,
Grilling meatloaf sounds very interesting.


9 Lucia July 30, 2009 at 5:30 AM

That looks great! I am having a picnic in a couple of weeks and will try it. And the comment of grilled meatloaf sounds interesting too!


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12 Carol February 20, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Looks fabulous! My grandma used to put eggs in her meatloaf.


13 Anonymous April 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I made this for a family party! It was fantastic. I made it the day before and it was easy and delicious.


14 Anonymous April 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

This isn’t your mom’s meatloaf! Very flavorful and moist!


15 Karen June 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I made this meatloaf for a picnic with my friends and we all loved it. Thanks.


16 Maria Elena June 19, 2011 at 6:46 PM

This looks delicious. Question: Do you use ground mustard?


17 Erica June 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Maria Elena- No, I used regular yellow mustard.


18 Lucia March 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I made this dish and it was really good.


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