Take medium bowl and mix together using only half first 7 ingredients (except meat, use all of that)until blended thoroughly
Start assembling the meat balls making 2in. meatballs until finished with mixture. place to the side.
Using a large dutch oven or soup pot, mix water, tomato sauce and the remaining ingredients minus the remaining 1/2 cup of rice over medium heat. When the broth starts boiling, put remaining rice and all of the meatballs dropping them in the broth one at a time spacing them away from each other, DO NOT STIR THEM IN. Keep soup at a simmering boil until rice is cooked in both broth and meatballs. serve with soft corn tortillas and additional cilantro if desired.