Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

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I’m so happy to be partnering with Casa Meatballs for their Holiday Meatball Recipe Exchange. If  you haven’t realized it yet, the holidays are right around the corner! This year has really flown by for us, and I can’t believe Thanksgiving is coming up so soon. And soon after that there will be lots of holiday get-togethers and celebrations with friends and family.

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This time of year I love to stop By Sam’s Club. Since I’m cooking so much, it really makes since to buy many of our items in bulk. It saves me both time and money. I buy almost all of my staple vegetables and fruit, as well as things I’ll be using a lot of like butter, sugar and flour for baking all those holiday treats.

There’s also some delicious items I like to pick up from the frozen foods section that make cooking our favorite recipes a breeze. One of my favorite items is Casa Meatballs. They’re easy to prepare and can be used in so many different recipes from just cooking for your family, to entertaining for friends and even for dishes that you can take to potlucks.

My son’s favorite way to eat meatballs is of course, spaghetti and meatballs. He could eat it everyday if I let him. I also like to use Casa meatballs to make appetizer slow cooker meatballs for entertaining. They’re always a crowd favorite. But one of my favorite things to make with meatballs is a warm hearty soup like this  wonderful Mexican soup called Albondigas Soup.

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This is a simple Mexican soup that’s traditionally made with a rice filled meatball. Here I’ve taken a shortcut and used my favorite meatballs that I always have on hand in my deep freezer. To the soup I’ve also added lots of fresh vegetables including tomatoes, spinach and carrots. To season the soup, I’ve added smoky cumin, paprika, garlic and lots of fresh cilantro.

This soup is filled with flavor, but isn’t too spicy so it’s great for the little ones. If you want to add some more spice. try adding a few teaspoons of finely chopped chipotle peppers and adobo, or simple some of your favorite chili pepper.

Don’t forget to stop by and sample Casa meatballs yourself at your local Sam’s Club. The product demo will be held nationwide on December 20, 21 and 27.

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Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (14oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano (or regular oregano)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
36 Casa Meatballs
1 (14oz) bag fresh spinach
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Preheat large soup pot over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil and add carrots, onion, and celery. Sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, chicken broth water, cumin, oregano and paprika. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Add meatballs and continue to cook over medium heat for 30 - 35 minutes. When soup is done, wilt in spinach and half of cilantro. Serve soup garnished with additional fresh cilantro.

This post sponsored by Casa meatballs. All thoughts and opinions 100% mine.

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20 Responses to “Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup”

  1. 1
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess — November 10, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    This looks so good! I make a ton of mexican soups but never a meatball version! Looking forward to trying this out!

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    Cookin Canuck — November 10, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    I need to look for these meatballs! It sounds as though they’re great for making easy meals. I could really go for a bowl of this soup right now.

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    The Food Hunter — November 10, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    sounds warm and cozy 😉

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    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — November 10, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    Yum! This would be a family pleasing recipe for sure!

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    Claire Gallam — November 10, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    The most gorgeous recipe!!

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    Heather / girlichef — November 10, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    We love sopa de albondigas in our house, and this is a delicious-sounding shortcut variation…I’d happily make my way through a big bowl.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — November 10, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    I’ve never tried Casa Meatballs – will have to look for them!

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    Bea — November 10, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    Yes please for a big bowl of this soup. It sounds perfect and everyone can use a tip for a great short cut.

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 10, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

    Mmmm meatballs are my comfort food of choice. Love the soup!

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    Ginny McMeans — November 10, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    Love cumin in my Mexican style soups. This soup look extra delicious!

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    Meseidy — November 10, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    I have a soft spot for soups with meatballs! Love this!

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    Anita — November 11, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    I’ve never had this soup before but the meatballs and the combination of spices sounds wonderful!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 11, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    I didn’t even know that Mexican meatballs were a thing, as silly as that is. Thanks for the introduction! 🙂

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    Kim+(Feed+Me,+Seymour) — November 11, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I could use a big bowl of this soup right now. So comforting!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — November 11, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    This looks like a marvelous soup. I love all the flavors going on in here.

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    Nancy P. — November 11, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    This looks womderful! I make meatballs all of the time but never thought to put them in soup!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — November 11, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    I’m with your son, I LOVE spaghetti and meatballs but I can’t wait to try this!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 12, 2014 @ 12:49 am

    I want this soup! So totally perfect for these cold winter days.

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    Kellie+@+The+Suburban+Soapbox — November 13, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    So comforting, I’m a big fan of Albondigas….I’ll have to make this.

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    sylviadewy — December 10, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    I am surprised because I have never tried meatball version of Mexican soup. Looking forward I will try this in my kitchen. I am sure that it would be a family favorite.

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