Albondigas (Mexican Chipotle Meatball Soup)

Albondigas (mexican Chipotle Meatball Soup) Recipe

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Janin (MamiJ) Sayun


This is a staple of central Mexico cooking. The sauce is light, not thick, so serve in a deep dish with rice to soak it up. Make sure to use spearmint and not regular mint, it would be too strong to work with the fresh tomatoes. Beef stock or broth may be used instead of the beef bouillon, just adjust the salt and water accordingly. Also, use as many or as little chipotles as you like.


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10 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/3 c
    bread crumbs, seasoned
  • 2 Tbsp
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • 2
    canned chipotle chilies in adobo, plus a tablespoon of adobo sauce
  • 5
    roma tomatoes
  • 1/2
    small white onion
  • 1
    garlic clove
  • 1/2 c
    packed spearmint leaves
  • 1/2
    cube beef boullion
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil

  • ·
    cooked white rice

How to Make Albondigas (Mexican Chipotle Meatball Soup)


  1. Place breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Stir to combine and add ground beef and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and form golf ball sized meatballs. Set aside.
  2. Quarter the tomatoes and place in a blender with the rest of the ingredients except oil. Add water to cover and blend until a sauce forms.
  3. Place a medium pot over high heat, and heat a tablespoon of oil. Strain the tomato and chipotle sauce over the hot oil, carefully because it will splatter. Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. When the sauce is boiling, add the meatballs, one by one. Make sure the sauce covers the meatballs by one inch. Add more water as needed. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with rice to soak up the sauce.

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About Albondigas (Mexican Chipotle Meatball Soup)

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #spicy

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