Mexican Meatball Soup

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound ground sirloin beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 carrot, cut into rounds (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 serrano chile, whole
  • 1 Yukon gold potato, skin on, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 zucchini, diced (about 1 cup)
Directions
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In a heavy large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, rice, cilantro, ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Using wet hands, shape the meat mixture into 20 to 22 (1-inch) meatballs.

Combine the carrots, serrano chile, potato, tomato paste, and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs and zucchini and simmer on low heat until the meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste.


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I enjoyed the soup once it was done. What I don't understand is how uncooked long-grain rice was supposed to be done in 20 minutes? I ended up simmering this soup for about 1.5 hours. It made the flavor from the serrano chili really wonderful and in the end I really liked it but from my perspective this is more a 2 hour meal than a 40 minute meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Marcela, Marcela. Where are the traditional chipotles, spearmint and garlic? I made this b/c my blender broke ( I always make it with the Mexican trinity ( tomato, onion, garlic in a blender) , so I saw this recipe that called for tomato paste and veggie broth and decided to take the chance. My family from Mexico City loved it, but instead of serrano I used 4 chipotles in adobo, instead of cilantro, I used parsley and dried spearmint, I added 3 cloves garlic to the onions. Added celery and chicken/tomato boullion powder. Next time, I will make a Mexican rice separately since it came out looking like polenta after being in liquid for so long. item not reviewed by moderator and published
traditional Mex dish, each family has made this but by adding lots of love! My family did the meatballs (basic meat and cracker mix), onions and mint from the garden..........from there you add whatever you want ............BUT DON'T FORGET THE LOVE........... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious! I didn't have veg stock so I boiled the veggies first in hot water and I added diced mushrooms, and sprinkled diced onions and tomatoes into the water as well. once it started boiling for a good 5 minutes,I added the meatballs. I also added the cilantro later because I didn't have it when I started cooking. Reminded me of the traditional albondigas my tias and abuelita used to make!!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
the basic taste of this soup was good. i wasn't impressed with the meatballs though. i'd prefer to make more traditional meatballs, using egg & breadcrumbs to keep them lighter, and add the rice directly to the soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! We used low sodium chicken stock instead of vegetable stock and turkey instead of beef for the meatbals and it was incredibly tasty!! Thank you Marcela!! So healthy as well...all the veggies...we added celery as well as zucchini and yellow Mexican zucchini. Easy to make and so delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this yummy dish last night! Even the grumpy husband liked it, a lot. I used an Anahiem chili instead. I did throw in a 1/4 cup of Orzo also. This will be made again & again. I will definately be trying more of her dishes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, this was awesome, and so easy to make. We left the chile out (kids had to eat this too and added a cup of rice to the soup like a few others suggested. LOVED this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watched it on the show, made it at home, awesome! Easy, quick and the kids even liked it and they usually just like the bland McD's! Thanks for this great recipe, will use many times! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a simple, flavorful take on albondigas soup. I have made it several times and it is pretty foolproof. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instead of using cilantro my mother always made them with an herb called hiervabuena. Similar to mint and it gives it a different and more depth of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup because of the 5 star reviews and decided (even though I thought it sounded extremely boring for mexican cuisinefollowed the recipe to the "T". DON'T BOTHER unless you really doctor it up. I guess you could use it as a "starter" and add seasoning to your taste. This was TERRIBLE alone. I must be missing something that 46 other reviewers raved about. I added to make it palitable: diced tomatoes in their juices, mexican oregano,half of a serrano chili diced with seeds, bay leaf, just a bit ground, chopped, very finely cilantro stems and beans, I used 1 can of butter beans because it's all I had on hand. And, salt and pepper. I served it with chopped scallions, avacado and lime wedges and warm flour tortillas. It was "not bad". but nothing to "write home about". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, simple, delicious ... a dinner I can make that the whole family actually loves! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! Would like to see Mexican Made easy on more often, it is an awesome show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was AMAZING!!! Will definitely make again. Next time I will double the recipe so we can have leftovers : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. my family requested that I add more veggies, such as chopped cabbage, squash and zuchs. Very good basic, flavorful albondigas recipe. it was a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and a great go-to recipe! I made exactly the first time, since then I have added corn and other flavors to my family's liking. Excellent soup!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely delicious! Super tasty and very easy, too. Have already made it twice and it will definitely be a staple dinner for us. Followed the recipe exactly and love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SUPER EASY AND TASTY TOO, COULDNT FIND VEGETABLE STOCK SO I USED A REDUCED SODIUM BEEF BROTH....YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After trying many Mexican meatball soup reciepes this one is the best! My husband's parents are both from Mexico and he can be critical when it comes to authentic Mexican food and he loves this soup! We have this once a week in our household from fall to spring. Its easy to make and easy on the wallet! My search for an authentic Mexican soup reciepe that reminds me of my mothers & grandmothers is over! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to try this recipe since I been using my own family recipe for years (I'm mexican..I thought I'd try Marcela's recipe. Wow, it was great. My family and I enjoyed it very much and will now continue using this recipe. Thanks Marcela!! I'm definitely going to try out her other recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Meatballs stayed togeather, had lots of flavor. Husband loved. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good. I was looking for this recipe again and I am glad I found it. We enjoy your show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you so much for this recipe. My family loved it. Even my 8yr old niece who runs from vegetables. I also added cumin and minced garlic to the meatballs. It was so delicious my mom actually got seconds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great , I did however make a few changes ; added 1tsp of chili powder to broth, chopped the serrano, added 1/2tsp cumin to the meatballs and one garlic clove to the onions as well as used 2 cans veggie 2 cans beef and 2 cans water. Thanks Marecla for the great base recipes : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth, which I find bitter. Added 2 cloves of minced garlic to the onions when sauteing, and added 1 beaten egg and 1 tsp cumin to the meatballs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very good. Since a serrano chile may be too hot for my family, I substituted 1/2 cup green chile salsa. Added the perfect amt of spice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so yummy! I used ground chicken instead of beef, chicken broth, and squeezed a lime in it when it was cooking. My family loved it! Next time I'll make it more spicy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really GOOD! I did do a couple things different...I used turkey for the meatballs and added some red pepper flakes and cumin to them,used chicken stock, and 2 serranos instead of just one. Yummm.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I did a few changes to the meatballs though... added cumin, breadcrumbs, 1 egg, & did half pork, half beef. I also add a little rice like someone else recommended. This is a great recipe to build on and make your own! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good! The flavors are perfect. I love it as the recipe is, or, for a heartier soup, I add more rice to the pot. Thickens up quite nicely. Then I heat up corn tortillas, cut a few slices of lime, open a beer...LOL! I'm craving it now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! This soup brought me back to my child hood. I added a hint of cumin and chile powder so the taste was spot on. I even got my very pick toddler to eat veggies with this soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
simply delicious... the only changes I made were using brown rice instead of white, and added some cumin and coriander i also browned the meatballs in the oven for good 15 mins... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! My daughter who is a very picky eater, actualy loved it. Really great recipe, easy to make and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have nothing to say except that the soup is very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very good. I doubled the recipe because we are a family of 6. I ran out of Vegetable stock, so I used water. (8 C stock, 4 C water) It had very good flavor. I even forgot the Serrano and was worried I ruined it, but it was still very delicious. I did sprinkle some cumin and several shakes of Tapatio hot sauce to make up for the Serrano, maybe thats why I didnt' lose the flavor. But, overall, this was extremely easy and had wonderful flavors. Thank you so much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! My husband kept saying how delicious it was. It was also very inexpensive to make. I would recommend making a double batch and freezing since you will already have enough of the vegetables to make a second batch. I used two jalapenos instead of one serrano and I tripled the tomato paste. Salt and pepper to taste. I also used whole wheat rice which took a little longer to cook but healthier. Might have added a few more poatoes as well since I LOVE potatoes. YUMMEEE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was delicious! I am use to calling it, anbondigas. Its a fav in my family especialy during the cold winter months. One thing I did change was I used chicken stock instead of the recommened veg stock. But one thing I will do next time is add a little bit of white rice into the soup it self as well as make it a little spicy. Very glad your show is back on the air, missed you when you were gone : Keep the delicious Mexican recipes coming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious and very easy and simple to follow and make! I loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was awesome and I will definately make it again! My whole family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is exactly how my mom made the albondiga soup growing up so when I told her I saw it on the show, she made it the next day and it brought back memories. This is an authenic soup. You can tweak it to your liking but it's yummy just the way it is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic! I omitted the cilantro and substituted garlic because I do not care for cilantro and love garlic. I also used beef stock instead of vegetable and added a dash of hot sauce. I especially love the meatballs because they are made without bread crumb, but with rice which is great for a no flour diet. Over all, super awesome recipe and I will make it again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious soup! My husband made this, so I don't know if he made any adjustments, but he usually does when he "follows" a recipe. He made chicken broth using chicken bones we had leftover, and the broth was soo flavorful and delicious! The meatballs were very good, but I like small meatballs in soup. My suggestion is to roll them really small/bitesize. Wonderful soup! Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great soup!! My husband is from Mexico and couldn't believe how good it was. The first time I made it I had to cook the soup longer than 20 min. because the rice was not cooked. It took about an hour. The second time I cooked it I was going to double the recipe and did 1 lb of ground beef & 1 lb of ground turkey. Not recommended. The turkey has no flavor, it just wasn't the same. I will keep making this just as the recipe says!! Yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The whole family enjoyed this soup! It's definately a re-do recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it just the way it is. Quick and easy to make and delicious. I just used chicken stock instead of vegetable because I did not have any vegetable stock at home. I would use the chicken stock again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very basic, easy and fun to make! I used store bought vegetable broth, Wolfgang Pucks is a must for me, it was delicious, get them on sale! I didn't want to overpower the freshness of this soup with cumin as suggested, but you may need more salt. The one chili didn't add spice, so no fear there. Gave it 5 stars because without the extra salt, my friend still drank her bowl dry, even after seconds! Here are the only changes I made... My additions: -fresh corn on the cob, cut into little mini cobs (or even cut from the kernel added in with the meatballs and zucchini. -more salt and pepper in the meatball mixture! Next time I'll try Montreal hamburger seasoning. -serve with fresh sliced lemon! -serve also with more chopped cilantro as a garnish, really brightens it up! I am half Mexican, and thought this tasted extremely authentic, particularly with fresh cilantro and lemon added as a garnish at the table. I also serve with warm corn tortillas to roll and dip inside. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe, as is, was a lunch bag let down. It definitely needs some pizzazz. There are many suggestions of adding chili powder, garlic powder and/or cumin...I wish we'd of done that! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have given this a 5 but I had to make some alterations such as adding more spices to give this bland treat a little more pizazz! Overall I swapped sirloin for 99% FF turkey breast, used brown in stead of white rice and added an extra potato. The cooking time was a little longer due to the brown rice, but overall fabulous, healthy and fresh ingredients! It for sure needs garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili powder as suggested by other reviewers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very tasty, although i must say tweaking was a must. the meatballs were very good. i'm not used to the cilantro and maybe used a little too much, but delish just the same. oh yes, I did add tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very good soup, light weight and refreshing. I agree with the other reviewers, it was kind of bland so I too added some cumin, garlic, a dash of oregano and extra salt and pepper. I too added the whole can of tomato paste and some additional fresh cilantro. With these added seasonings, the soup is perfect! I'll definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to give this a 5 star rating after I zipped it up a little. It was kind of bland originally. I added the cumin and garlic like the comments below, but then I also added a tsp. of Mrs. Dash, Table Blend, extra salt and pepper (like I said, it was bland) and I also added the whole 6 oz. can of tomato paste. I also pre-cooked some long grain wild rice for the meatballs instead of using regular rice. (just to make it a little healthier) Before serving, I also added a couple more Tblsp. of fresh cilantro while it was still simmering. Then it was AMAZING. I'll definitely make it again this winter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of this soup is fabulous! Made my own vegetable stock which is really easy. I would recommend adding cumin and garlic powder to the meatball mixture because they were kind of bland compared to the liquid. But overall, excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good soup. I added cumin and garlic salt (as another reviewer mentioned) since I found it needed just a bit more seasoning. Great soup, will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic!!! I tweaked the recipe to my liking but the seasoning and making of the albondigas were fantastic and to die for!!! My husband [who is out hunting right now] is so jealous at the fact that we are eating this without him! I used the tomato puree that was given for Marcela's Mexico style pasta [a.k.a. fideo] along with some veggie broth, the mexican meatballs, a chicken boullion, some garlic salt & a little comino [cumin powder]. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY......Love Mexican made easy!!! Keep'em recipes coming!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was so easy to make, I made it exactly like the recipe then added a little cumin. It was SO good, the kids loved it too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried your recipe yet since I just saw it this morning on your show. However, I wanted to say thanks for the recipe since this is one of my all-time favorite Mexican foods and now I have a good recipe for it. It would have been nice, however, if when they put this online they mentioned "albondigas" somewhere so you could be sure it was the right recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a beginner cook and let me say that I find cooking to be very difficult & stressful, but this recipe was the exact opposite. I was feeling a little brave today and decided to try it and let me say I am so glad I did! It was super easy to do and the end result was delicious! This is something I would definitely cook for my Mexican mother-in-law and be proud! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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