Albóndigas al chipotle (spicy meatball soup)

Albóndigas Al Chipotle (spicy Meatball Soup) Recipe

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Meredith Marin

By
@meredithmarin

Great for rainy days and using leftover rice!

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 1 c
    cooked rice (leftover is great!)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    (give or take) mexican dry oregano
  • 1
    egg
  • ·
    salt and pepper to your liking
  • 4 large
    ripe tomatoes, chopped (try to conserve juice)
  • 2-3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch
    cumin seeds
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 6-8 c
    chicken broth (bouillon, tetra-pak, homemade...whatever)
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2
    carrots, julienned
  • 1
    potato, julienned
  • 1-2 sprig(s)
    fresh oregano or epazote (herb found in latino markets)
  • 1-3
    canned chipotle chiles en adobo (depends on your tolerance for heat)

How to Make Albóndigas al chipotle (spicy meatball soup)

Step-by-Step

  1. For the broth:
    On medium heat, in a pot, saute the onion, garlic and cumin seeds in the olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and continue to simmer slow and low. It's ready when the tomatoes are cooked down and it looks saucy. You may need to add a little broth. At this point, either transfer tomato sauce to a blender jar with the chipotles, or if you have a hand-held blender, throw the chipotles in the pot and blend there with a little broth. When your tomato sauce is smooth, transfer back to the pot, add all of the broth, carrots, potatoes and fresh herbs, S&P, cover, and bring to a steady simmer for about 20 minutes or so. (I like to add zucchini, and kale if I have it. Add it a little later though.)
  2. Meatballs:
    In a large bowl, combine ground beef and pork, rice, oregano, egg, S&P with your hands. It's fun. Form into balls, size is up to you. I wouldn't recommend larger than baseball sized or they might fall apart. Gently add the meatballs to the soup one at a time. When they are good and buoyant and firm, they're done. Serve in deep bowls. Have fresh, chopped white onion, cilantro, lime wedges and chopped avocado for a garnish, and of course, plenty of warm corn tortillas! ¡Buen provecho!

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About Albóndigas al chipotle (spicy meatball soup)

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups, Pork




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