Albondigas Soup: The Perfect Cold Weather Comfort Food

When I think about fall, I think about soup. For most of the country, fall is the beginning of the cold season…here in Southern California, it’s still frickin’ hot. And we might even get some record breaking heat this week – not exactly soup weather. But, I had already bought and planned to make albondigas soup for dinner and so I made some this morning (since Jason is working evenings this week, I had to make it early so he could take it with him to work).

Back to the albondigas soup…what the heck is it you might be asking. Well, it’s a fancy way of saying Mexican Meatball Soup. And let me tell you, it is DA BOMB!

It’s super easy to make, so try to make a pot and let me know whatcha think.

Albondigas soup, or Mexican meatball soup, is the perfect comfort food for cold fall & winter nights! The soup is filled with flavor. It freezes well.

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 4 (or more!) garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 64 ounces of beef broth (approximately 4-5 cans)
  • 28 ounces of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of chunky salsa (we like heat and so we use hot)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound of bulk pork sausage (again, we use hot)
  • 6 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1-3/4 cups onions, 2 garlic cloves, and the bay leaves; saute 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes with juices, salsa, and 1/4 cup cilantro. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. While the broth simmers, combine ground beef, pork sausage, cornmeal, milk, egg, cumin, rice, salt and pepper, and the remaining onions, garlic, and cilantro. Mix well. Shape meat mixture into 1 to 1-1/4 inch balls. And if you like a lot of heat, add 1/2 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes (I do).
  3. Add meatballs to the soup and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice and meatballs are tender, 20-30 minutes.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls and enjoy your albondigas soup!


You can also add a chopped up zucchini and shredded carrots after adding the meatballs in.



Oh and if you like it really hot, add some Tapatio, Cholula, or Tabasco to your albondigas soup.

Want more soup recipes? How about Kielbasa Potato SoupItalian Sausage Soup with White Beans or this Lentil & Spinach Soup (it’s awesome!) I’ve got lots more soup recipes on my board Soups on Pinterest.

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  1. It looks amazing! Am going to have to try out the recipe!
  2. I never heard of that soup before - and we love soup!
  3. I could use a bowl of this soup right now and a nice beer to go with it.
  4. That sounds really yummy. Especially with hot sausage and hot salsa! Mmm.
  5. That sounds really yummy. But I am way too lazy to make it.
  6. Sounds delicious! What kind of sausage do you use ... breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, or something else?
  7. Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) says:
    Oh yes, I love me some Albondigas! This looks like a yummy recipe. I'm going to print it out and try to make it this week, oh the hubby will be so happy. Thanks!
  8. I have never ever heard that word before! But all the ingredients sound great!
  9. Booyah's Momma says:
    My mouth is watering right now. I'll take two helpings, please. Maybe with a side of that California sunshine as well!
  10. The Empress says:
    Here is my mailing address..

    I kid I kid!

    NOt really.

    I'll email you my thermos.. xo
  11. Mommy Lisa says:
    Saving THIS recipe. Yum! I love soup!
  12. I to have never heard of that word....or have any idea how to pronounce it!! But, it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
  13. Wish I'd had this one for my soup list a couple weeks ago. This sounds fabulous. Can't wait to try it. And what a sweet wife you are to accomodate so well to the crazy hours. I'm not so good like that.
  14. I would try and pronounce that word, but I'm afraid the kids may try and claim it's a swear word. It sounds GREAT, and nice of you to make some for Jason to eat earlier.
  15. Mmmmm!!! I am definitely going to try that! I just made Taco Soup tonight. I'm sure my family is like, ENOUGH WITH THE TACO SOUP ALREADY, LADY!!! TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!! They'll be happy to see some Albondigas on the stove.

    BTW, happy you stopped by my blog to read The Flying Chalupa's funny post about Christmas card titles. That girls IS hilarious, right?? :)
  16. Did you say "really easy?" And "Mexican?" I just might have to attempt it. Fingers crossed!

    And did I just see Kelley singing my praises above? Why, yes, I did! Well, I'll be. She must have known I'd be commenting below.


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