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Spicy Albondigas Recipe
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Spicy Albondigas

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"I grew up eating this soup and after trying dozens of recipes I have combined them to come up with this dish. The flavors are rich, the meatballs are tender and the broth is good enough to drink by itself. Serve with warm flour tortillas. "

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. Combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, rice, cumin, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Bring chicken broth to a boil over medium heat in a large kettle.
  3. Form the beef mixture into 1 inch meatballs, using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat for each. Turn the heat down under the chicken broth to a simmer and drop the meatballs into the broth. Simmer the meatballs in the broth for 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Stir in the carrots, onion, celery, canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, canned chiles, cilantro, garlic powder, oregano, and cumin. Simmer the soup for 1 hour to cook the vegetables and blend the flavors.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2010

I made this last night using ground turkey and made the meatballs smaller. two pounds of meat makes lots of balls!! I also added two potatoes diced pretty small and square, because I feed so many people it seemed a good way to stretch it out. My family loved this soup. I also had garnishes of tomato, green onion, avacado, cheese and diced jalapeno. A half a leftover bag of tortilla chips[kinda broken] and extra cilantro completed our meal.Thanks for the great recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 08, 2010

I'm kind of on the fence about how to rate this one. The broth is fantastic, but I wasn't a fan of the meatballs. For the soup I used roasted poblanos instead of the canned chiles, added chopped kale and some dried thyme and parsley. Even though I halved the recipe I still added the entire can of diced tomatoes and a few TBS of tomato paste instead of sauce. I did not change the meatballs except for using the entire egg even though I halved the recipe. They held together fine. Next time I will add black pepper, parmesan, oregano and a LOT more garlic to the meatballs. That should make me happy. I need to get in the habit of frying up a small sample of meatball/meatloaf mix to test for seasoning before completing a recipe. I had used 85/15 ground beef and that resulted in pretty oily broth. I'll use a much leaner ground meat next time. Also, I don't understand why the meatballs need to be completely cooked through all on their own in the broth before adding the veggies. Maybe it gives the meatballs more time to acquire the broth flavors?

Feb 19, 2009

I thought this recipe was great. Easy to make, with plenty of fresh ingredients. I have eaten this dish at many restraunts but never attempted to make at home. This recipe had all flavor aspects I was looking for but I did add potatoes.

Apr 23, 2010

This is a great recipe. I used ground turkey instead of the beef and brown rice instead of white to make it a little bit healthier. You will need to add about 20 minutes to the simmer time to cook the brown rice thoroughly. Great, hearty meal.

Jan 04, 2011

Holy cow! Spicy, full of flavor, very satisfying and great for a cold winter night. I made 3 changes to mine... a tsp of minced garlic to the soup, 1/2 tsp of crushed pepper to the meat mix as well as 1/2 a minced onion to the meat mix. I've had this dish while living in Mexico and this recipe is way better than what I had. This is a keeper!

Jan 06, 2011

We love to add chayote squash and whatever veggies we have in the fridge... cabbage, broccoli , bell pepper for example. A potato is nice too. This is a very versatile recipe, Try squeezing lemon into your bowl just before you eat, Wow! You might consider using a lower fat ground beef, or cook it early without the vegetables and chill-remove fat; reheat and add veggies, simmering until done. A favorite at our house!

Nov 11, 2009

i used 1/2 chicken broth, 1/2 beef because that's what i had. crushed tomatoes and fresh serrano peppers (about 5) instead of the canned ones, rice in the soup and not in the meatballs, 4 garlic cloves instead of the garlic powder.

Dec 09, 2009

This was so good. It was very heary and flavorful. My entire family enjoyed it. I was in a hurry so I put the veggies in not long after dding the meatballs. Will make again.


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  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 23.2 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 1394 mg
  • 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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