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Lita's Albondigas (Meatball Soup)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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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2 h 28 m servings 397
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Mix ground beef, 1/4 pound tomatillos, eggs, white rice, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  2. Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoon of the beef mixture and roll into a meatball. Repeat with remaining beef mixture.
  3. Combine tomatoes, 1 onion, 3/4 pound tomatillos, chipotle peppers, and 3 cloves garlic in a blender; puree until smooth.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

Per Serving: 397 calories; 13.8 51.7 18.9 89 2085 Full nutrition

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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...