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Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Albondigas is a Mexican meatball soup loaded with vegetables and spices.  This is our healthier version made with ground turkey and sausage.

Mexican Meatball Soup

 
I recently returned from visiting my daughter and while I was there I was able to follow one of her best friends around the kitchen while he made Albondigas.  This Mexican soup is loaded with extra vegetables.  These meatballs are made a little healthier by using ground turkey breast and flavored with Italian sausage.    
 
 
bowl of albondigas
 
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This bowl of Albondigas will warm you up on any day and the just aroma is amazing.    This is pure comfort! 
 

What is in Albondigas:

For the Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound of ground Turkey Breast
  • 5 links sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped dehydrated onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded

 

For the Soup Broth

  • 1 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 32 oz chicken Stock
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
 

 

How to Make This Mexican Meatball Soup:

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  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes in just enough water to cover the rice
  • Place the ground turkey in a large bowl, remove the casing from the sausages and add to the turkey
  • Add sea salt, onion, cumin, black pepper, garlic, oregano and finely chopped cilantro. Add the shredded carrot and the scrambled egg
  • Drain rice, add to the meat mixture and mix very well
  • Form into large meatballs about 1 1/2inches in diameter
  • Pour the chicken stock into a large stockpot and add the water, bring to a rolling boil
  • Gently drop the meatballs into the stock. (very carefully and do NOT stir or the meatballs will break apart).
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs start to float by coming to the surface.
  • Add the chopped carrot, zucchini, celery and cabbage. Then add cumin, oregano, black pepper and minced garlic
  • Stir very gently to combine
  • Cover and simmer on low for 30-45 minutes.

 

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Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Albondigas is a Mexican meatball soup loaded with vegetables and spices.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Albondigas, Mexican meatball soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Evelyn

Equipment

  • Large Soup Pot

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 /2 lbs ground Turkey Breast
  • 5 links sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 egg scrambled
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped dehydrated onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro very finely chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded

For the Soup Broth

Instructions

  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes in just enough water to cover the rice
  • Place the ground turkey in a large bowl, remove the casing from the sausages and add to the turkey
  • Add sea salt, onion, cumin, black pepper, garlic, oregano and finely chopped cilantro. Add the shredded carrot and the scrambled egg
  • Drain rice, add to the meat mixture and mix very well
  • Form into large meatballs about 1 1/2inches in diameter
  • Pour the chicken stock into a large stockpot and add the water, bring to a rolling boil
  • Gently drop the meatballs into the stock. (very carefully and do NOT stir or the meatballs will break apart).
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs start to float by coming to the surface.
  • Add the chopped carrot, zucchini, celery and cabbage. Then add cumin, oregano, black pepper and minced garlic
  • Stir very gently to combine
  • Cover and simmer on low for 30-45 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2871IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating




Jamie

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Wow, this looks delicious! I have a meatball soup that I love, but that has much different spices, and not all the veggies of this one! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Diane

Saturday 11th of January 2014

I have never had anything like this soup but it was so YUMMY! I loved it1

Aubrey

Friday 15th of February 2013

This is my husband's favorite dish!

Michelle

Wednesday 13th of February 2013

Thank you for sharing I like the idea of Italian sausage in these meatballs. Sounds yummy!

Elizabeth

Sunday 10th of February 2013

I studied abroad in Spain and miss all of the delicious albondigas my host mom would make. Yum.