Albondigas Mexican Soup Recipe - made with vegetables and meatballs
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Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball)

This warm and comforting albondigas soup recipe is packed with hearty vegetables and Mexican-style meatballs.  
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 213kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro optional garnish

Albondigas (Meatballs)

  • 1 pound ground sirloin beef
  • 1/2 cup white rice - long grain
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced


  • Start by making the meatballs. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl (ground sirloin through cilantro) and mix well with hands until ingredients are evenly incorporated. 
  • Shape meatballs using a small cookie school or a large tablespoon. Roll between hands to form round balls and set aside.
    Rolling Albondigas Meatballs
  • Begin making the soup by heating oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, zucchini and celery as well as a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cumin, oregano and chipotle peppers to the pan and heat until fragrant, about 60 seconds, stirring frequently. Pour in chicken broth and lime juice and stir well. 
  • Increase heat to high and bring entire pot of soup to a low boil. Slowly add in the reserved meatballs and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes. 
  • Check soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with minced cilantro to serve.


Serving Size: 2 cups


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.8g | Protein: 19.9g | Fat: 8.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 224mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4.2g