Mexican Albondigas Soup Recipe — Easy, Rico!

Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe

Ed. Note: Please welcome Nicole Presley, of Presley’s Pantry, as the newest regular contributor to the Tiki Tiki. Her food essays and recipes will give you hambre y felicidad.

Nicole Presley Presley's PantryBy Nicole Presley

At first people thought it was a joke. How could something so absurd be true? I would tell my family and friends:”Whenever I make albondigas Mando refuses to share the pot with anyone.”

Usually the person I was telling would laugh, and instantly request a bowl or ask to be invited over the next time I made a pot. Still not understanding my point, I would then have to go further to explain that Mando, my fiancé, had become insanely attached to my albondigas to the point of questioning how many servings I was going to consume out of the ginormous pot I always make.

Yes, every time I make a pot he asks with ownership, “You’re only going to have one bowl…right?”

Anything past one bowl would be over-stepping my boundaries in his book.

This story about Mando and my albondigas is usually received with shock, because everyone who knows Mando knows he is a quiet, nice, down-to-earth, and an all-around generous guy. But, this is not the case when it comes to albondigas.

He wouldn’t even allow a single serving to slip past the front door to be sent to his mother (whom he adores with all his heart ), so can you imagine the resistance he puts up when friends ask. Ha! It’s hopeless.

Once my circle realized there was a troll named Mando guarding these sacred albondigas like his life depended on it, they started devising schemes on how to get their hands around a bowl. They were confidant one plan would be a break through. One of my brave girlfriends sent a Christmas card addressed to him, with a drawing of a bowl of soup…big meatballs popping out over the top…and it simply stated “All I want for Christmas is a bowl of Nicole’s albondigas.”

He didn’t budge.

Whenever a dark cloud passes or a forecast of drizzle is on the horizon…the words “albondigas” and “please” are repeated in a song-like chant and delivered to my ears by a darling named Mando.

Like clockwork, the second they are made, the greedy monster face slides across his handsome face to stake his claim on the entire pot. It’s the equivalent of dealing with a spoiled child. He will eat every last drop of it over the course of two days. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. He insists I keep it HUSH HUSH!

“Don’t breathe a word to anyone that you made albondigas until I finish the pot.” By then who would care? Most people think it’s ridiculous he won’t spare a bowl, much less a taste….

I guess, I secretly love the thrill of knowing the albondiga troll. Witnessing such psychotic behavior from a grown man is pure comedy.

Mexican Albondigas Soup Recipe

Ingredients for Meatballs:

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands till all ingredients are well combined. Then take a small handful of the meat mixture and roll between both hands to form a ball. Each should be the size of a golf ball or slightly smaller. Continue until all of the meat mixture is in ball form.

Then in a large frying pan, add a little oil (2 tablespoons) and fry meatballs over a medium high flame on each side for 2 minutes, just to brown/sear them a little. Take off flame and set aside.

Soup Ingredients:

In a large pot (20 quart) over medium flame, pour in olive oil and let heat, then add onion and yellow bell pepper and saute for 8 minutes.

Then add seared meatballs. Slowly pour in chicken broth and raise flame to medium high. Let cook for 10 minutes.

Then add carrots and let cook for 10 minutes. Then add celery and let cook for 10 minutes. Lower flame to medium. Then add zucchini and cilantro and let cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Next add potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes.

Lastly, add corn on the cob and cook for the last 10 minutes! That’s it….You’re done!

Serving Albondigas Soup

I like to serve my albondigas meatball soup with fresh lime, corn tortillas that are slathered in butter, and homemade salsa (optional if you like life more on the spicy side).

Hope you don’t have an albondiga troll in your house.

Nicole Presley is a culinary enthusiast who lives to eat, cook, breathe and talk food. She writes an original recipe food blog called Presley’s Pantry from her home in East Los Angeles. Apart from working on her blog everyday, she dedicates her time to raising her 2-year-old with her fiance, and dotes on her Mother. Any small left-overs from her blog recipes are feed to her two grumpy chihuahuas, Oso and Penny. Nicole tweets @PresleysPantry. A version of this post previously appeared on her blog.


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By Contributor on September 12, 2011 · Posted in featured, food

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Carla @ All of Me Now says:

Love how much he loves your albondigas (that sounds terribly inappropriate, lol)! Your story makes this recipe so incredibly irresistible. Can’t wait to have my hubby try this =)

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Monica says:

This is a popular dish from my childhood, but a little different. I haven’t had it in years! I can’t wait to try my hand at it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ says:

que rico. I’ve never had albondigas in sopa but it sounds intriguing. Especially con lima y tortillas…. :) The celery must give it a great touch. Love it.

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Ericka says:

Congratulations on becoming Tiki Tiki’s feature contributor, my dear friend Nicole! Your cooking brings out the troll in all of us so I don’t blame Mando one bit! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! Hugs!!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

rachel says:

Bookmarking this. I have been wanting to make this for a while now!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie says:

Congratulations, Nicole on your new “job”! :)

The weather here in my pueblito is so cool, this soup would be perfect. I ♥ Albondigas! :)

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Chantilly Patiño (@biculturalmom) says:

Delicious! I’ve never had this, but it looks and sounds fabulous!!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Blanca Stella says:

I have never had albondigas in a soup, but do love the idea of cilantro in the soup and in the albondigas. Suddenly very hungry!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Justice Jonesie says:

This sounds really tasty. I love how it has so many veggies in it. I will be printing and adding to my stash.
Thanks for sharing!

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Laurita says:

Bahahaha! I love Carla’s comment! I hope someday I have the courage to try this recipe. ;)

Posted on September 12th, 2011

Sujeiry, 1st Lady of Love says:

“Don’t breathe a word to anyone that you made albondigas until I finish the pot.”

That is very cute! I hope to find a man to love my albondigas (which will be more like rice, beans and chuletas) as much as Mando loves yours!
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Posted on September 12th, 2011

Presley's Pantry says:

THANK YOU CARRIE for welcoming me to your home Tiki Tiki! I am honored to be here and look forward to leaving my words on this blog for your readers to find. Abrazos! xoxoxo! Hope you make these albondigas, and let me know what you think. :)

Posted on September 13th, 2011

vianney/sweet life says:

albondigas are one of my fav childhood soups, Mando is a lucky man to have acces to this tasty meal!!

Posted on September 13th, 2011

The Wise Latina Club says:

What can top this succulent recipe? Oh, I know, a funny, fantastic story! I will soon try this albóndiga soup b.c the cool DC AMs are hinting at Fall–soup season. It’s consolation, actually, that warms and satisfies!

Posted on September 13th, 2011

Carrie says:

Nicole, Welcome Aboard!!!

We are very, very happy to have you here.

Thank you everyone for welcoming Nicole so beautifully.

Posted on September 14th, 2011

Ana Flores says:

This is the time of homemade food my girl loves! Thanks for the recipe

Posted on September 17th, 2011

Rosa says:

Albondigas make a great family meal. I loved hearing your story.

Posted on September 22nd, 2011

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Posted on October 2nd, 2011

Annette says:

I totally was calling my Mama for this Albondigas mexican soup (recipe). NO answer, in Vegas.So I thought why not google the image so,I can see what close to my Mama’s…and sure enough!. Yummy in my hubby’s tummy. Thanks Love.

Posted on January 5th, 2012

Kelli Rae says:

I made this soup this last weekend. I searched the web until I found one that would “Fit” my family. Well this is the one! The only thing I did different is I added a large can of crushed tomatoes to the broth and added some of the chile flakes to the broth too. OMG, it was amazing to say the least! Thank you soo much for this lovely recipe! I will continue to make this for years to come for my family. I even had my daughters help make it. We had the best time!

Posted on January 16th, 2012

Sarah says:

I’ve just made this soup and thank you, it is really delicious. I recommend everyone to prepare it

Posted on February 27th, 2012

Jennifer says:

Thankyou Nicole for the delicious recipe! Made it yesterday and it was an amazing hit! I can see why he doesnt wants to share, I made it for 7 and the kids were going crazy lol! Big thanks from the Baza family <3.

Posted on October 12th, 2012