Mexican Meatball Soup

Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe
Photo: Dominic Perri; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Mexican Meatball Soup combines favorite Mexican flavors, veggies, and hearty meatballs. Kick this soup up a notch by using a can of diced tomatoes with chiles to add more south-of-the-border flavor to this one-dish meal.


Serves: 4

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 32 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 362
Fat 12 g
Satfat 3 g
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrate 43 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 86 mg
Sodium 889 mg


8 ounces ground chuck
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Combine beef, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, 1/2 tsp. salt, chili powder, cumin and 2 Tbsp. water in a large bowl. Shape into about 18 1-inch balls.

2. Warm oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, if necessary, brown meatballs on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total (you don't have to cook them through).

3. Carefully add broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in carrots, zucchini, tomatoes and rice. Return to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until rice and meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Season with salt, stir in cilantro and serve.