Albondigas Soup in a white bowl.

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup is a Mexican meatball soup with a tomato base. It's filling and packed with flavor because the meatballs are cooked in the broth.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Albondigas soup, meatball soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 299 kcal
Author Anna


for meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley

for soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock see note
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
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  1. To make the meatballs: combine beef, rice, egg and spices in a large mixing bowl. Mix well together. Shape the mixture into 1-tablespoon size balls and place them on a baking sheet or large plate.
  2. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat up oil over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onion, carrots, celery and bell pepper. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano and cumin and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of stock and deglaze the bottom of the pot, by scraping it with a wooden spoon. You want all cooked on bits of flavor to be in the soup.
  5. Add rest of stock, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Stir everything together.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Drop meatballs into the soup. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer the soup for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  8. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use 3 cups of stock and 2 cups of water.
  2. You can use ground turkey instead of beef.
  3. Serve with cooked rice, garlic bread or rolls.
  4. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Albondigas Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1745mg76%
Potassium 843mg24%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 6101IU122%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.