Easy Albondigas Soup Recipe

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Delicious Albondigas Soup Recipe With Rice

This albondigas soup recipe is my favorite Mexican soup! It’s made with fresh vegetables and it’s good any time of the year. I especially like to have it during the colder Fall and Winter months because it’s such a warming comfort meal.

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What Is Albondigas Soup?

Good question! Albondigas soup is a popular Mexican dish otherwise known as Mexican meatball soup. Albondigas in Spanish translates directly to “meatballs”.

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Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients for this albondigas soup are simple and healthy. We used ground beef for the meatballs but I’ve heard of people using ground turkey as well, so feel free to try that out! I’ve also seen the beef broth subbed out for chicken broth.

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Also, as for the veggies in this soup, you can also make some changes if you’d like. I’ve seen albondigas made with corn, green beans, celery, and squash. You could try some other vegetables too if you feel like getting creative.

One last tip, I’ve heard of people adding mint to the meatballs. I haven’t tried it myself but some say it’s a key part of albondigas soup!

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Kitchen Tool Tip

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Final Thoughts

Hope you enjoy this easy albondigas soup recipe! If you want you can serve the soup with some homemade tortilla chips.

After you make this dish a couple of times, be sure to try some different variations! There are so many different ways to make albondigas soup and it’s a different flavor every time.

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Easy Albondigas Soup Recipe

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4.92 / 5 ( 12 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 12
Adjust Servings: 12


  • Medium bowl
  • Large stock pot



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup cooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 large Russet potato peeled and diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 15- ounce can diced tomatoes not drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 medium zucchini quartered and sliced
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, combine raw ground beef with cooked rice, garlic, egg, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Make small meatballs, about 3/4-inch, and place on tray.
  • In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot, cook for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, cumin, oregano, and bring to a simmer.
  • Add meatballs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add zucchini and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 687mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Recipe Adapted From: Dinner at the Zoo

Ingredients: Beef Broth, Carrots, Cilantro, Cumin, Egg, Garlic, Ground Beef, Kosher Salt, Olive Oil, Onion, Oregano, Pepper, Rice, Russet Potatoes, Tomato, Zucchini
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Winter
Categories: Mexican, Soups and Chilis, Stove Top

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