Estofado de Albóndigas (Slow-Cooker Meatball Stew)

This Meatball Stew is perfect for this time of year, as it starts to cool down and you need something to warm you up. The flavor of the meatballs slowly cooked in a sauce of tomato, garlic, cumin, achiote, peppers, onions, cilantro, scallions, and vegetables is a delicious meal for the whole family. I love to serve it with white rice. It is the best way to soak up the delicious sauce!

I love using a slow cooker, because it does all the work for me, but you could also toss it all in a heavy pot, cover and simmer for about one hour.

Buen provecho!



(About 6-8 servings)


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup masarepa
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stew

  • 1 cup alinos sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon achiote or sazon Goya with azafran
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 2 large carrots, slice crosswise
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Place the ground beef and pork in a large bowl. Add onions, garlic, scallion, red bell pepper, masarepa, eggs, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix well using your hands.
  2. Form the meatballs and add them to the slow cooker along with the remaining stew ingredients. Mix everything together carefully so as to not break up the meatballs.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Serve with white rice and avocado on the side.
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  1. Diana Lopez says

    Hi Erica, I’m a huge fan of your meatball stew and have made it several times. What would be the difference between that recipe and this new one? And are you adding the eggs to the meatballs so that they don’t fall apart while in the slow cooker?
    Thanks! =)

  2. Heather B says

    Sounds great! I havnt had a crock pot for very long but I am thoroughly enjoying it! And I looove to see recipes designed for crock pots…and this looks like a simple winter meal! Thanks!

  3. Johana says

    I was tinking of buying an slow cooker but hiw sage they are?? Can i go to work and dont worry because my house gona ger fire lol …. I really want one but thats my husband worriest!!! :)

  4. mary says

    E: You mention achiote in the description but I do not see it on the list of ingredients. How much is called for?
    I am making this tonight!

  5. Stephanie says

    Hi Erika im trying to make this for tonight but i don’t have the Masarepa can i leave this ingredient out of the equation or substitute with maizena or just all purpose flour?

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