Type of Recipe:
Albondigas Meatball Soup
Albondigas Soup is a traditional Mexican meatball soup (fun fact: albondigas means meatball in Spanish!) and it’s one of my favorite comfort foods of all time. This soup is best topped as if it were a Baja-style salad or taco – my favorite toppings are Greek yogurt, angel hair cabbage, salsa, cilantro, and a lime wedge. Maybe even some crumbled tortilla chips, or even pumpkin seeds. Get creative and make it your own!
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1 lb. ground turkey, chicken, or beef
½ lb. all-natural turkey bacon, finely chopped
1 cup cooked short-grain brown rice
1 medium juiced sweet onion, hand-grated (use the pulp only)
½ tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 handful cilantro leaves, finely chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup sweet onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 celery stalks, small diced
2 carrots, small diced
1 cup zucchini, small diced
6 cups organic, low-sodium chicken or veggie broth
1 15 oz. can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes
2 cups water
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 handful cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped (or 1 tsp. dry oregano)
Dash of kosher salt
Step by Step Instructions
In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix all meatball ingredients on stir-low-speed until uniformly combined. Then increase speed to medium for about 5 seconds until a firm texture is formed.
Using wet hands, form 1½ to 2 inch balls out of the mixture (24+ tiny meatballs). Place on a tray and chill until ready to drop in the soup.
In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and a dash or two of kosher salt. Sauté while stirring for about 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
Add your stock, tomatoes, water, spices, herbs, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low rolling simmer and cook covered for about 10 minutes.
Add zucchini and stir.
Drop in your meatballs. Do not stir. Cover and continue to simmer another 20 minutes.
Stir and serve as desired.