Albondigas Soup

Mexican Meatball Soup

An easy Albondigas Soup? Yes, you'll find that here. What an easy recipe this is. So good ... so VERY good! Quick. Easy. Delicioso! With just the right hint of spiciness and wonderful taste. And for those who don't know what this is, it's a famous Mexican meatball soup recipe.  'Albondigas' translated is 'meatballs' and this soup is very traditional. 

My only changes to this very traditional soup are to make it quick and, perhaps, healthier. If you are using bouillon cubes, put the kettle on to boil when you first start making the soup. That way, when it's time to add the water, you can add boiling hot water. Makes it faster for the resulting soup to come to simmering point. 

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball)


  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup brown rice (see below)
  • 9 cups beef stock (see below)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup hot chunky salsa
  • 1 1/2 lb frozen meatballs (see below)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oil in large soup pot. Sauté onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and rice. Stir and continue cooking for about 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to simmer, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • Remove bay leaves and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Makes 8 servings

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I was looking for a different type of beef soup recipe.

Didn't find what I wanted in my German cookbooks. I came across this Mexican recipe that I just had to try. Made some changes ... made it easier ... perhaps it's not the original recipe, but it sure is delicious!

German. Nope. So, it's among my Non German favorites!

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  • The traditional recipe uses white rice. I prefer using brown since it is healthier. If you use white rice, the cooking time is shortened to about 25 minutes.
  • Use bouillon cubes and water to make beef stock if needed.
  • Using frozen meatballs (either cooked or uncooked) makes this a quick recipe. You can make your own meatballs using fresh beef and/or sausage.

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