ALBONDIGAS: How to Make Traditional Mexican Meatball Soup/Caldo de Albondigas


Albondigas or Caldo de Albondigas is one of the most traditional and delicious Mexican soups. In case you don’t know, “albondigas” means “meatballs” in Spanish, and so this is a yummy meatball soup that is hearty and packed with wonderful vegetables. Read on for the recipe. Albondigas 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 cup of uncooked or partially cooked long grain rice (you can also substitute 1/2 cup of raw oats) 1 egg 1 onion, chopped & divided (approx. 1/4 cup for meatballs, remainder for broth) 1 garlic clove, minced 2 roma tomatoes, chopped 3 potatoes, peeled & cut into bite sized cubes 1-2 Mexican squash or zucchini, chopped 1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 stalk of celery, chopped 2 Tbsp. olive oil 6 cups (48oz.) chicken or beef broth salt to taste (I used 1 tsp. for meatballs, and 1/2 tsp. in broth) 1/2 tsp. crushed pepper 1 tsp. whole cumin seed place ground beef in large mixing bowl. Add rice, 1/4 cup chopped onion, salt, pepper, cumin seed, and egg and mix until fully combined. Form meatballs about the size of a golf ball and set aside. Heat large saucepan over medium high heat. Coat bottom of pan with approx. 2 Tbsp. oil. Once heated, add in remaining chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Add in chopped tomatoes and celery and allow to cook down a few minutes. Add in minced garlic and sauté. Add broth. Stir and bring to a boil. When it boils, carefully add in meatballs and lower heat to a simmer. Meatballs will take a total of 30 minutes to cook. (You will gradually add in other vegetables based on how long they take to cook.) 15 minutes after adding meatballs, add in potatoes and carrots. 7 minutes later, add in squash. Squash will take about 8 minutes to cook, which should bring you right up to the 30 minute mark from the time meatballs were put in. Taste broth for salt and add desired amount. Remove from heat and let sit covered 5 minutes more before serving. Thanks so much for checking out this video. If you liked this recipe, be sure to give it a Thumbs Up and check out my other hearty soup recipes. I also invite you to Subscribe to this channel and follow me on Instagram at www. or on Facebook at ———————————————— ————————- All Music used with rights from Storyblocks: 2:16 “Latin Urban Rock” Composer: Joseph Sheu 4:10 “Latin “Hippy Party” Composer: Music Design by Jason Inc. 6:16 “Spanish Guitar” Composer: Joseph Sheu.





  1. Ok, I insist on helping you and Tony with the next video. I have to stop watching your excellent video on an empty stomach. I'll never learn. Great job again and hasta, I'm out of here and headed to the store to get the makings of albondigas soup. Yummy yummy….

  2. For some crazy reason I never had this till I moved to El Paso in 91! This wasn't one of those Foods I grew up with, to me meatballs always went with spaghetti. I make this in the winter a couple of times and my kids devour it. I also make Spanish ricewith it and they dump that into it too! This will be on the menu for next month. Good job!

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My mother used to make this with similar ingredients and it was so good. She has been gone now for a few years and never thought to ask her for her recipe. Thank you again…it’s the perfect time of year to taste some of my mother’s love.