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Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup

This Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup recipe is a low carb version of a Mexican classic. This soup is full of vegetables, tender meatballs, and a rich tomato broth that the keto and non-keto people in your life will love!
 
Looking for more tasty keto and low carb Mexican inspired recipes? Give this Mexican Cauliflower Rice or Easy Low Carb Beef Enchiladas a try.
 
 

 
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OK, so if you know me at all you know I live for Mexican food. 
 
I grew up with a Mexican babysitter, who had me in the kitchen with her when I was about 5 years old making homemade tortillas.
 
Then we moved to San Diego when I went into high school and I lived there off and on until I moved to Washington state in 2006.
 
If I wasn’t in Mexico eating, I was eating Mexican food in the endless amount of Mexican restaurants available to choose from.
 
To say I was spoiled is putting it lightly. Moving to Washington was hard when it came to my ability to consume my favorite cuisine because it is just not available…..anywhere 😭
 
Add that I went low carb to that and it was at that point I realized that I needed to start making my own Mexican food. 
 
Having already come up with my own recipe for Albondigas, I knew this was a good place to start with low carb, once I did the whole family was glad I chose it.
 
Everyone loved the flavor and no one missed the carbs.
 
Not.One.Person.
 
 
descrition
Overhead photo of the ingredients needed to make Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup on a wooden table.
 
 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE KETO ALBONDIGAS (MEATBALL) SOUP

 
You will need:
 

 

Six photos of the process of making Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup.
 

HOW TO MAKE KETO ALBONDIGAS (MEATBALL) SOUP

 

STEP 1

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, 1/2 tablespoon onion powder, pork rinds, egg, 1/4 cup cilantro, Mexican oregano, cumin, chile powder, salt, and pepper.
 
STEP 2
Form into balls into 1-inch meatballs.
 
STEP 3
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, remaining onion powder, and tomato paste, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 
 
STEP 4
Add the carrots, celery, turnips, serrano, diced tomatoes, bone broth. Bring to a boil.
 
 

 

Overhead photo of Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup in a large blue soup pot and a white bowl on a wooden table.
 
 
STEP 5
Reduce the soup to a simmer, then add 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.
 
STEP 6
Ladle soup into bowls, top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice (optional)
 

 

Closeup overhead photo of Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup with a lime wedge and spoon in the bowl.
 
 

FAQ ABOUT KETO ALBONDIGAS (MEATBALL) SOUP

 
 
Can I use beef bone broth or stock in this recipe? Yes, absolutely, I use chicken bone broth is most everything because I usually have it on hand. I make it quite often and also buy it a lot. But, if you have it, or prefer it, go for it! If you chose to use stock remember that will add carbs (it can add quite a few) to the recipe and adjust your macros accordingly. 
 
Can I use ground chicken or pork, instead of beef? I prefer beef in this recipe but yes, you can use whatever ground meat you prefer. If you chose to use chicken, and if possible, I would use ground chicken thighs or a mix of white and dark meat.
 
Can I freeze this soup? Yes, I freeze all of my soup in these containers. They are microwavable and dishwasher safe. I also use these labels.
 
 

 

Closeup side view photo of Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup in a white bowl with a large blue soup pot in the background.
 
 
Last thoughts on this soup.
 
I honestly was so happy to sit down with a bowlful. When I create recipes like this it brings back so many old memories for me, and this soup stirs up quite a few from my early childhood, to my teen years, to memories with my kids and I hanging out in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday enjoying take out from our favorite local Mexican restaurant.
 
Now that I have this recipe I know there will be new memories made.
 
I hope you will be making some memories with it as well 💗
 
 
Close up photo of a meatball from Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup on a spoon with some of the broth drizzling down.
 
 

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Keto Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Keto Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Author: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 27 MinTotal time: 42 Min
This Keto Albondigas (Meatball) Soup recipe is a low carb version of a Mexican classic. This soup is full of vegetables, tender meatballs, and a rich tomato broth that the keto and non-keto people in your life will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon organic onion powder, divided
  • 1/3 cup crushed pork rinds (I use spicy for a little extra kick)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon organic Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic chile powder
  • Pink sea 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 pound turnips, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 whole serrano chile, pierced with a knife
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 8 cups of chicken bone broth (homemade or storebought)
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 limes, 1 lime zested and juiced, 2 cut into wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, 1/2 tablespoon onion powder, pork rinds, egg, 1/4 cup cilantro, Mexican oregano, cumin, chile powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form into balls into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, remaining onion powder, and tomato paste, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the carrots, celery, turnips, serrano, diced tomatoes, bone broth. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the soup to a simmer, then add 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.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls, top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice (optional)

Calories

284.18

Fat (grams)

14.98

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.63

Carbs (grams)

9.32

Fiber (grams)

3.34

Net carbs

5.98

Sugar (grams)

5.24

Protein (grams)

28.19

Sodium (milligrams)

700.80

Cholesterol (grams)

77.46

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs will not be included as it has a glycemic index of 0 (meaning it does not spike blood sugar) and it’s not metabolized. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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Mexican
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