The Best Homemade Albondigas Soup {Mexican Meatball Soup}

This is the BEST Homemade Albondigas Soup, and one of my all time favorite soups!  It’s a light recipe but full of warmth for those cold wintery days. This has been one of those recipes that I have ‘collected pieces of ‘ over the years because everyone I ask can only rattle it off from their head; no measurements. That does not help a girl like me who had never made the soup on my own. Now, after making this soup, I admit that I am one of those ‘add a little more of this, and maybe a little more of that’. So today, I took my time, to write out the recipe for you. I can’t wait for you to try it… it’s a crowd pleaser that your whole family will love and be asking for more! 

Homemade Albondigas Soup- A Mexican Meatball Soup



  • 1 lb of ground beef (lean)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Albondigas Soup-

  • 8 cups chicken broth (I typically use nonfat and low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, cut in chunks
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 2-3 medium carrots, cut in chunks
  • 2 cups Classico Crushed Tomatoes*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

Garnishes (optional)- 

  • Warm tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Lime

Albondigas ingredients


1. Make the meatballs first: Combine everything and mix thoroughly.
2. Form meatballs and roll between your palms (Otherwise, meatballs will fall apart in the soup). This recipe typically makes around 25-30 meatballs, set aside.
Albondigas- homemade meatballs

3. Combine chicken broth, onion, celery, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and their liquid, cumin, oregano and cilantro leaves in a large pot.4. Bring to broil, and reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Gently add the meatballs into the soup (Make sure the soup is slightly boiling, because the meatballs need to be cooked quickly).

Albondigas collage

6. Return to simmer and cook another 30 minutes.

7. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*Classico Tomatoes are 100% all-natural, always packed fresh with no preservatives. Classico canned tomatoes are available at Walmart stores. Classico Crushed Tomatoes are PERFECT for soups! They were ready to add to soup without any additional prep needed. The taste was fresh and sweet; not typical for all canned tomatoes. We will definitely be stocking up on Classico Crushed Tomatoes for our wintry soup recipes the next time we are at Walmart. 
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  1. What a hearty soup! I love it. Saving for later….

  2. Mackenzie, my mother used to make a soup just like this growing up. I completely forgot about it until I read the title of the post. I’m going to try this next week! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

  3. Oh Yum! What a delicious looking meal for a cold winter evening. I’m pinning so I can make this week. Thanks!

  4. What a perfect recipe for these cold winter day! It looks so delicious!

  5. Now this, I’ve got to try! I love Mexican soups!

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever tried this kind of soup before, I’ll have to add it to my list.

  7. I see a potato in the picture if the ingredients, and it looks like there is potato in the soup, but its not listed as an ingredient or in the directions.

    • Tina, that’s funny because sometimes I make it with potatoes and other times I forget… kind of like writing this recipe! 😉 Glad you had a good eye and spotted it in the background! I added the potatoes to the recipe! :)

  8. I just made this and it’s delicious!! My family loves it! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Thank you Mackenzie! I only noticed because my mom use to make this for our family when I was younger andI remember it having potatoes.

  10. I love albondigas soup & can’t wait to make this. How many does this recipe feed?

  11. When should the potatoes and carrots be added to the soup? Your recipe doesn’t say.

  12. Hi! Should the rice in the meatballs already be cooked, or can it just cook in the soup?

  13. veronica says:

    Have you ever tried cooking in a slow cooker

    • Mackenzie says:

      Yes, I’m sure it would be fine as long as you stir carefully not to break up the meatballs. Enjoy! :)


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