Homemade Albondigas Soup


This albondigas soup reminds me of when I was young, staying home from school. My grandmother would make this for me. It is so good and flavorful. It is great on a cold rainy day or any day you feel like it. You can substitute any of the veggies for ones you like better. My grandmother would also make Mexican rice and scoop some into my bowl to make it even better!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 cups


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pinch garlic salt

  • 1 pinch onion powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • cooking spray

  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 3 potatoes, cubed


  1. Place ground beef, 1/2 of the cilantro, 1/2 of the onion, garlic, garlic salt, and onion powder in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper; mix gently until combined. Form meat mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs.

  2. Coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; warm over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs in the hot skillet until browned all over. Transfer meatballs to a plate and set aside. (Meatballs do not need to be fully cooked since they will finish cooking in the soup.)

  3. Cook and stir remaining onion in the same skillet over medium-low heat until translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer onions to a large pot.

  4. Pour chicken broth into the pot with onions. Stir in carrots, celery, and potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are nearly tender, about 15 minutes.

  5. Add meatballs and remaining cilantro; simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
12g Fat
26g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 29mg 143%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 886mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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