Albondigas Soup


Albondigas Soup is a healthy Mexican dish made with lean ground beef and lots of veggies!P I N_______I M A G E

I pride myself on how good I make Albondigas soup. After all, it tastes just like how my mom used to make it. When you learn from the best there’s a good chance you’ll do alright as well! When I get asked what my family’s one traditional dish is, I always have to say Albondigas. This soup (Mexican Sopa) is very close but since it’s not a complete meal I have to put it in second place. Growing up these two were my favorite and now they’re my sons’ favorites too.

When I began to cook consistently in my early twenties, I used to call my mom all the time asking her how to cook my favorite dishes she made. Her isntructions always were: Add about 1 pound of meat, a dash of this, a pinch of that, a bunch of this, blah blah blah! Ugh! When you’re learning a new recipe, my “dash of this” can be very different than your “dash of this”! But I always took notes like I was going to be tested on it later….keeping up with good cooks is serious business you know? Basically, I wanted to be the good student I never was in high school  😉 Anyways…….I had a few failures but to my surprise, the dishes were spot-on most of the time. Because of this “intense training”, I think I’m able to adapt recipes very quickly or even create my own. However, I’m keeping this one intact…..well almost.  I added green beans because you know, they’re good for you 😀

How did you learn to cook? Was it from a cookbook, on your own or a family member?

Albondigas Soup is a healthy Mexican dish made with lean ground beef and lots of veggies!P I N_______I M A G E

When made with low fat ground beef, this dish automatically becomes a super healthy meal. It’s high in protein, has good carbs and all the veggies will ensure that you get all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. There is nothing better than when a comfort meal is also healthy. I hope you get to make this!

Authentic Albondigas Soup
Author: Fit, Fun & Delish!
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Serves: 23 albondigas
  • [b]For the Albondigas:[/b]
  • 2 pounds 96% ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons uncooked white rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • [b]For the Soup:[/b]
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup white rice
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • A small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 12 cups of hot water
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 [url href="" target="_blank"]beef bullion cubes[/url]
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh green beans, cut in halves
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced
  1. [b]To make the albondigas: [/b] Add all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Form into 1-inch meatballs and roll between your palms. Set aside.
  2. [b]The soup: [/b]In a large stock pot add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the rice and sauté until light brown, making sure to keep stirring so that it doesn't burn. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  4. Add the other 1 tablespoon olive oil, celery, onion, carrots & garlic. Sauté until the onions become soft, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the water, beef bullion, tomato sauce, albondigas, salt, pepper, oregano & cilantro. Stir & cover the pot with a lid.
  6. Cook for 1 hour over medium heat. Add the rice after 50 minutes of cooking.
  7. Add the potatoes and green beans. At this point taste the broth and add more salt & pepper if needed. Cook for 15 more minutes.
  8. Add the zucchini and cook for 10 more minutes.
  9. Serve hot.

Albondigas Soup is a healthy Mexican dish made with lean ground beef and lots of veggies!P I N_______I M A G E

Albondigas Soup is a healthy Mexican dish made with lean ground beef and lots of veggies!P I N_______I M A G E

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  • 01/19/2015 - 5:31 pm

    Ilse - I was supposed to learn some of my mom’s best recipes on my last visit, but as always I had more time for eating than for making. This recipe looks really close to what I remember. So thank you for that now I’ll be able to give a try!ReplyCancel

    • 01/23/2015 - 10:26 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Awe that’s such a bummer! i’m just glad you got to enjoy your mom! That’s all it matters. xoxoReplyCancel

  • 01/22/2015 - 10:49 pm

    Cindy - I love albondigas soup! I definitely learned to cook through observation, plus LOTS of trial and error.ReplyCancel

    • 01/23/2015 - 10:25 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Cindy! I think that’s the best way to learn right? Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • 04/27/2015 - 4:58 pm

    Amanda - Hi Ana- Looking for a little clarification. Is the white rice cooked or raw?ReplyCancel

    • 04/27/2015 - 6:00 pm

      Ana @ Muy Delish - Hi Amanda! The rice is raw. Thanks for the question and for stopping by! I updated the recipe….Let me know how they come out when you make them. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • 06/22/2015 - 3:58 pm

    Zima - Hi, quick question: step 3 says to remove the rice, and step 4 shows the rice in the pot, then step 6 says to add the rice, can you clarify? Love your recipe, we make the sopa often! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • 02/23/2016 - 5:13 am

      Viki - I’d love clarification on the rice too, please!ReplyCancel

      • 02/24/2016 - 3:39 pm

        Ana @ Muy Delish - HI Viki & Zima! Sorry for the late reply! You guys are right! The recipe had the wrong instructions. I have updated it so hopefully it makes better sense now. You’ll cook the rice, remove from pan, sauté the veggies, then add the rest as instructed. I found that if I left the rice from the beginning, it would get too mushy by the time everything was done cooking. So I updated that part and now it’s much better.

        Thank you so much for bringing this up to my attention. I hope you get to make it and I have no doubt you’ll love it. Have a fabulous day!ReplyCancel

  • 03/23/2016 - 8:45 pm

    Johnie - Hi,

    My family and just tried your recipe and it was delicious, the only thing I added was ground Coriander seed to the albondigas. I know and quite understand why you are keeping this close to the same as your mom, but I noticed that you added green beans to the recipe because, well, they’re good for you. 😀 just thought I would share this one idea with you as well…Loved it, simply wonderful…As for learning to cook, I am pretty much self taught, there is not much of my mother’s recipe’s that I follow to the letter… I love to cook and experiment with new things…Your recipe was amazing, thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

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