Viva Las Albondigas! Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Mexican Meatball Soup!

Posted on May 4 2015 - 3:01pm by Jessi Meehan

This fiesta-worthy Mexican soup is a hot & healthy meal in and of itself!  It’s always been my go-to order when checking out any new hot taco spot, since my brother Gavin and I were 9 years old. Learning how to make it at home was a MUST, and after a few attempts + added “tweaks”…the results were meaty, brothy, and “muy bueno”.

Rice and lean meat + chorizo and spices make these meatballs anything but ordinary. Move over, spaghetti and subs…Viva Las Albondigas!

Ingredients: (Serves 8)
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb chorizo sausage, casing removed (not the fully cooked kind)
1 egg, beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 carrot, minced
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin


Albondigas Broth: 
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, cut in chunks
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes (with nothing added)
1 fresh roma tomato diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup cilantro
1 large zucchini, sliced


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).
You should make around 20 to 24 meatballs, set aside.
3. Combine chicken broth, onion, celery, fresh and canned 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. Drop meatballs in the soup (Make sure the soup is slightly boiling, the meatballs need to be cooked quickly).
6. Return to simmer and cook another 10 minutes.
7. Add zucchini and cook 10 minutes.
8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Garnish your bowls with tortilla chips or avocado if you’re feeling extra fiesta-fiesty. This zesty meal will be dancing it’s way to your Cinco De Mayo table in under 40 minutes! Arriba Arriba!