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Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup from www.bobbiskozykitchen
Sooooo sorry that I have been absent the last few days my friends! I didn’t post Sunday OR Tuesday. *hanging head in shame*  30 lashes with a wet noodle for being a bad food bogger!!
I will blame a portion of the absence on my wonderful *koff* *koff* cable company. The internet went out Saturday, and of course they couldn’t make it out until Monday. I guess I should be thankful that is was Monday not Wednesday, and that it was an AM appointment.
Gotta always look at the bright side  right?

But mostly it is because I have been really under the weather the last few days . I know, I know, I have already been getting lectures from a lot of my friends and family. I have been sick a lot lately, so I have finally agreed to get into the Dr’s office to see if there is any issues. I think it is just that I seem to catch every single bug that is out there, but I have to keep the fam happy right?
Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup from www.bobbiskozykitchen
So, in the meantime, I need to do things that make me happy. Like play with the baby, hang out with Rocky the wonderpup, and eat as much Mexican food as humanly possible!
This particular recipe is one that I have been meaning to make for, oh well for years really. When I lived in San Diego it was one of the soups that was super popular, on Sunday, at the taco shops and restaurants. 
Well, because it pretty much cures whatever ails ya, and on the weekend, that was usually a hangover.
I know many people will say “No no, menudo is the hangover cure!”, and is actually pretty accurate. However, once I realized that it has tripe in it  I just couldn’t bring myself to eat it again. If you don’t know what tripe is, Google it……just be warned if there are pictures! UGH!
I have wanted to work on a tripe-free version, but most menudo purists will tell you that is is NOT menudo if there is no tripe in it *sigh*
Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup from www.bobbiskozykitchen
So, I fall back to my other fave, Albondigas .
Think Matzo Ball Soup to a trip to Mexico  
Deeeeelish broth, chock full of yummy veggies, and nice meaty meatballs that are full of Mexicany goodness! I just devour it!
Kevin said he heard me growl 
But, if you make this, you will understand why, trust me!!
Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup from www.bobbiskozykitchen

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Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Bobbi Burleson
Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Think chicken noodle, matzo ball, and Italian wedding soup, all got together and went to Mexico!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, 1/2 chopped and half grated
  • 1/3 cup long grain rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 whole serrano chile, pierced with a knife
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 limes, 1 lime zested and juiced, 2 cut into wedges for serving

Equipment Used


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, grated onion, rice, egg, 1/4 cup cilantro, Mexican oregano, cumin, red chile powder, salt, and pepper. Form into balls into 1-inch meatballs.
  2. In a large soup pot, or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minute. Add the garlic and tomato paste, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the carrot, potato, serrano, diced tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the soup to a simmer, then the zucchini and meatballs. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove the serrano chile, stir in the lime zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls, top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice (optional)

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins. Cook time: 00 hrs. 27 mins.
Total time: 42 mins.
Tags: ground beef, soup, meatballs, Mexican, comfort food

Based on 6 servings

Nutritional information via Calorie Count

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  1. This looks delicious! I love soups in the fall. 🙂

  2. Me too Amanda, they just seem to go hand in hand don't they?

  3. With colder weather suddenly here, I'm all for staying at home to make rich and cozy soups, like this one. I'm a huge fan of Hispanic cuisine, and this one looks oh, so yum. Very nice styling and photography too! Pinned, and thanks!–Ginger

  4. Thanks so much Ginger! I am huge fan of everything Mexican so this is one of my all time favorite soups 🙂 I hope you enjoy it too!!

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