Spicy Albondigas

Spicy Albondigas

44 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    1 h 20 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 50 m
Recipe by  Punky

“I grew up eating this soup and after trying dozens of recipes I have combined them to come up with this dish. The flavors are rich, the meatballs are tender and the broth is good enough to drink by itself. Serve with warm flour tortillas. ”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. Combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, rice, cumin, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Bring chicken broth to a boil over medium heat in a large kettle.
  3. Form the beef mixture into 1 inch meatballs, using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat for each. Turn the heat down under the chicken broth to a simmer and drop the meatballs into the broth. Simmer the meatballs in the broth for 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Stir in the carrots, onion, celery, canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, canned chiles, cilantro, garlic powder, oregano, and cumin. Simmer the soup for 1 hour to cook the vegetables and blend the flavors.

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Toni Jo Fire Eating Pro

Toni Jo Fire Eating Pro

I made this last night using ground turkey and made the meatballs smaller. two pounds of meat makes lots of balls!! I also added two potatoes diced pretty small and square, because I feed so many people it seemed a good way to stretch it out. My family loved this soup. I also had garnishes of tomato, green onion, avacado, cheese and diced jalapeno. A half a leftover bag of tortilla chips[kinda broken] and extra cilantro completed our meal.Thanks for the great recipe.

Lena Juarez

Lena Juarez

I thought this recipe was great. Easy to make, with plenty of fresh ingredients. I have eaten this dish at many restraunts but never attempted to make at home. This recipe had all flavor aspects I was looking for but I did add potatoes.



This is a great recipe. I used ground turkey instead of the beef and brown rice instead of white to make it a little bit healthier. You will need to add about 20 minutes to the simmer time to cook the brown rice thoroughly. Great, hearty meal.

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 289 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs
  • 17.9 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 23.2 g
  • 46%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 1394 mg
  • 56%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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