Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

A soup pot filled with albondigas soup

This Mexican albondigas soup is easy and so satisfying! Tender meatballs are served in a hearty broth filled with veggies.


For the soup base

  • 10 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 large garlic cloves 

For the albondigas

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons masa harina

To finish the soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into half moons
  • 1/s teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving


Make the sauce. Place 1 cup of the chicken stock, tomatoes, onion, chipotle, and garlic in the blender. Process until you get a smooth mixture. Set it aside.

Roll the meatballs. Mix all the albondigas ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined. Use your hands to roll the mixture into balls the size of 1 tbsp. Make sure they’re all evenly sized or they’ll cook unevenly. Set them aside.

Cook the sauce. Add the oil to a large pot over medium heat. Strain the blended tomato sauce into the pot, then add the cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Add the veggies and meatballs. Add the potatoes and carrots. Carefully add the meatballs to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer for 40 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.

Serve. Taste the soup and adjust salt/pepper if needed. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with cilantro if desired, and dig in. Add some squeezes of fresh lime juice if you like!

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