Albondigas Soup I

Albondigas Soup I


"A rich, filling version of Mexican meatball soup. I make the meatballs ahead and freeze them to use as needed. Mild or hot salsa may be used; green chili salsa works particularly well!"


2 h 20 m servings 353 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 353 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 19.3 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.7g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 1594 mg
  • 64%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix together beef broth, salsa, 1 onion, tomatoes, dried basil, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. (If you use condensed beef broth (e.g., Campbell's), eliminate the salt in the meatballs and use 5 cans (10.5 ounces each) broth plus one quart water.) Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Combine ground chuck, sausage, 1 onion, egg, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, milk, fresh basil, and cornmeal, and mix well. Form into tiny, bite-size meatballs.
  3. Add meatballs and rice to broth. Simmer, covered, very slowly for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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Tip for making meatballs: roll meat mixture out like a snake, and cut off same sized pieces. Use a colander to roll meat pieces around, this will make them round. Perfect, same-sized meatballs e...

The secret of this soup is GREEN CHILE SALSA which was in the original recipe I used in 2002 from this site. This has been rewriten and changed to just salsa. Be sure to use the green salsa. ...

There seems to be a little confusion over the term "green chili salsa." When I submiatted the recipe, I used the term to mean salsa made with green chilis like Anaheims or jalapenos, not red ch...

Wow! This soup is fantastic! My husband's family is from Mexico and I didn't think I'd ever find a recipe that was as good as his mom's. But this is it! He was skeptical when he saw me tossing i...

This is a great and simple soup to make. The only place I would really stray would be the rice. The original recipe calls for uncooked rice to be added to the soup. If you do this, the starch...

This is the BEST recipe for albondigas that I have found. Using medium salsa, I think, gives it just the right kick. It makes a huge pot though, so be ready for leftovers! I also used half ch...

Threw in cilantro where ever it called for basil & brown rice instead of white. It came out to be the best tasting soup! The flavor is outstanding.

We love this soup! I've probably made it 10 times. I add a whole pound of 96% lean pork sausage in addition to a pound of ground beef, carrots, celery and rotel tomatoes. We love cilantro so I u...

I Love this soup so much, and its so easy to change it how you like it. As is, its wonderful, but I do like to add other things to it to make it more like my grandmothers. I always use a can of...