My mother Lita (as the grandchildren call her) and I came up with this soup combining several recipes we tried until it was something we liked.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 43 mins
total:
2 hrs 28 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatballs:
Soup:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix ground beef, 1/4 pound tomatillos, eggs, white rice, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

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  • Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoon of the beef mixture and roll into a meatball. Repeat with remaining beef mixture.

  • Combine tomatoes, 1 onion, 3/4 pound tomatillos, chipotle peppers, and 3 cloves garlic in a blender; puree until smooth.

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add tomato puree; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth. Season broth with salt and pepper. Bring to a slow boil; reduce heat until broth is barely bubbling.

  • Lower meatballs carefully into the hot broth; simmer gently for 20 minutes. Add remaining 2 onions, carrots, celery, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon cumin. Simmer until rice in the meatballs is cooked through, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Squeeze some lemon juice into each bowl. Serve with corn tortillas.

Cook's Note:

Use a combination of ground beef and Mexican chorizo to make the meatballs if desired.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 18.9g 38% DV; carbohydrates 51.7g 17% DV; fat 13.8g 21% DV; cholesterol 89.5mg 30% DV; sodium 2084.8mg 83% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2017
Couple of things here. I think there might be an editing error with the 2 7 ounce cans of chipotle peppers. 14 ounces of those bad boys would set this so much on fire you couldn't eat it. I like spicy but no. I think this was supposed to 2 peppers so start there and add more to suit your taste if desired. My other suggestion is lime over lemon. It just goes better. With that being said, this is excellent. The end result is soupy but the broth is outstanding. Read More
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3 Ratings
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2017
Couple of things here. I think there might be an editing error with the 2 7 ounce cans of chipotle peppers. 14 ounces of those bad boys would set this so much on fire you couldn't eat it. I like spicy but no. I think this was supposed to 2 peppers so start there and add more to suit your taste if desired. My other suggestion is lime over lemon. It just goes better. With that being said, this is excellent. The end result is soupy but the broth is outstanding. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2019
It s that time of the year for soup so I found this recipe and thought I would give it a try and thought it was great. Read More