Trina Alaniz


This recipe was given to me by an elderly lady, who was from the state of Guerrero, Mexico. She often had requests to make the traditional Mexican wedding feast of mole for Mexican weddings and Baptisms in our small town in So. Calif. She was an excellent cook. This recipe is a tribute to her memory.
Albondigas is a traditional soup used in many homes. There are different varieties, depending from what state in Mexico the cook is from. I have tried different recipes, but when I tasted this one, I went bananas, cause it is the best one I have ever tasted, I love it and I know you will really like it, if you try it, serve it with some mexican rice on a side dish and some warm tortillas. Good luck and Enjoy!


★★★★★ 6 votes

5-6, according to serving portions.
30 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 1-11/2 lb
    ground beef (low fat)
  • 1 medium
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    white flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    white long grain rice
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper-ground
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    mexican oregano (crush oregano between both hands)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro-including stems (save additional 2 sprigs)
  • 3 sprig(s)
    fresh mint (yerba buena) dice leaves only. save 1 sprig
  • 3/4 c
    onions-finely diced
  • 1/2 medium
    fresh tomatoe, finely diced
  • 1 can(s)
    small tomatoe sauce ( save 3/4 of can)
  • 2 qt
    boiling water
  • 2 medium
    potatoes, quartered
  • 3
    carrots, cut 2 1/2 inch. long



  1. Place water to boil in a medium sized pan
  2. with the exception of the saved items.
    Mix all of the above together (except water) in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix well. mixture will be sticky.
    start forming meat balls, slightly smaller than a golf ball, between both your hands and drop Drop gently into boiling water. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF . DO NOT DROP MEAT BALL HIGH ENOUGH TO SPLASH WATER.
  4. After all meat is in the water, keep heat on high to bring back to boiling point, then lower heat to simmer and add: balance of tomato sauce, sprigs of cilantro and mint.
    Add: garlic salt, salt, and black pepper to your taste.
  5. Simmer approx. 20 min.
    test a meat ball by bring one out of pot and cut in 1/2 to test the rice.
    Rice must be ALMOST SOFT, NOT SOFT. Place back in pot.
  6. Add carrots and potatoes.
    When carrots and potatoes are done so is the rice.
  7. I am very picky about the Mexican food I eat. I cook all of mine and I prefer to cook from scratch, I guess I am old school lol. This recipe is one of the best I have ever tasted, I hope you will try it too, you might surprise yourself. It healthy and low fat. Enjoy!
  8. Note: The meat should end up being very soft, but the meatball should not be disintegrating.

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Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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