Mexican Meatball Soup

Total Time:
55 min
15 min
40 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 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)

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

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