Soups | November 9, 2019

Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup

Hearty potato and carrot, tangy tomato, fresh zucchini, and savory meatballs come together in this Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup. Made in minutes in the pressure cooker, this homey soup is the perfect weeknight meal.

This post was sponsored by Crock-Pot®. All opinions are my own.

Albondigas Mexican meatball soup in black rimmed bowls on top of a cutting board.

What is Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup?

Albondigas is the spanish word for meatball -so this soup is simply -Mexican Meatball Soup. A simple soup base is made with sautéed onions, garlic, broth, and tomatoes. The meatballs are paired with fresh vegetables in this simple broth. You can dress this soup up with some delicious toppings, or keep it simple and traditional.

Albondigas Mexican meatball soup in black rimmed bowls on top of a cutting board.

Let’s Chat Crock-Pot®

For this recipe I am using the 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker, which works perfectly because I can cook my meatballs and my soup all in the same pot. I love that this guy eliminates the need for an additional air fryer. We do a lot of pressure cooking around here , so I’m no stranger to pressure cookers. Crock-Pot® is one of the leaders in one-pot cooking, so there is no question that their Express Crisp Pressure Cooker is amazing!

The 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker is really the jack of all trades. You can pressure cook when you want a meal done in a short amount of time, you can slow cook when you want to leave something to slowly cook all day, and you can air-fry when you need to crisp something (like chicken or ribs). You can also sear or sauté in the Express Crisp Pressure Cooker, and of course – you can steam!

We are big fans of pressure cooking because you can cook up to 70% faster than traditional cooking. And with the 8-qt capacity of this pot – you can serve up to 10 people.


What Do I Need To Make The Meatballs in Mexican Meatball Soup?

For the Meatballs you’ll needL

  • ground beef
  • bread crumbs
  • garlic
  • cilanto
  • egg
  • salt and pepper

Meatball ingredients.

How Do I Make The Meatballs?

  1. In a medium bow, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, cilantro, and salt and pepper.
  2. Using clean hands, mix mixture until well combined.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls.
  4. Place inside of a 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker.  You can use the rack to double stack your meatballs.
  5. Set to Air Fry for 15 minutes.
  6. Meatballs should be perfectly golden.  Transfer to a plate.

Pro Tip: Alternately, you can cook meatballs on a baking sheet in the oven, or in a frying pan.

How to make meatballs.

What Else Will I Need For The Soup?

You will also need:

  • diced onion
  • minced garlic
  • carrots
  • red potatoes
  • zucchini
  • cilantro
  • minced serrano pepper
  • diced tomatoes
  • oregano cumin
  • chicken broth
  • prepared meatballs

Albondigas Mexican meatball soup ingredients.

How Do I Prepare Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup?

  1. Set your 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker to sear.  Add olive oil.  Once heated, add onion and garlic.  Saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Add carrots, zucchini, potatoes, and Serrano pepper.
  3. Also add diced tomatoes, cilantro, and seasonings.
  4. Transfer your prepared meatballs to your 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker.
  5. Pour in chicken broth.
  6. Close the lid of your 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker and set valve to seal.  Cook on manual for 2 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.
  7. Serve soup hot.

Pro Tip – The nonstick inner pot of the Express Crisp Pressure Cooker is dishwasher safe and a dream to clean, so don’t hesitate to put it in the dishwasher.

How to make Mexican meatball soup.

Albondigas Q&A

What Should I Top My Soup With?

I like to ganish with cilantro and avocado.  Mint is the traditional garnish, but I prefer the spiciness of cilantro.  Serve with warmed tortillas.

Do You Have A Recipe Video For This Dish?

We do:

How long does albondigas soup stay good for?

Albondigas soup will keep well in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. It will also keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.

Albondigas Mexican meatball soup in black rimmed bowls on top of a cutting board.

I Love Pressure Cooking Soup!  Do You Have Other Recipes?

We sure do!  If you love pressuring cooking soups – be sure to check out our:

Albondigas Mexican meatball soup in black rimmed bowls on top of a cutting board.


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5 from 3 votes
Albondigas Mexican meatball soup in black rimmed bowls on top of a cutting board.
Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Time for Pot To Pressurize
30 mins
Total Time
57 mins

The perfect soup for cozy evening suppers.

Course: dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: albondiga soup, meatball soup, mexican meatball soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 226.98 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup season bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced
  • 1 cup red potatoes diced
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 serano chili diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 48 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • prepared meatballs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro for garnish
  • avocado for garnish
  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. Using your hands, stir and squish until well combined. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  3. Place in your 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker. You can use the rack to create two layers of meatballs.

  4. Cover with the crisping lid. Use the air fry setting and cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Transfer to a plate while you prepare soup.

  1. In your 8-quart Crock-Pot® Express Crisp Pressure Cooker, add 1 tbsp olive oil.  Set to sear and add onions and garlic. Cook until translucent.

  2. Add carrots, potatoes, serrano pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, meatballs, zucchini, broth and seasonings.

  3. Cover with pressure cooker lid. Set valve to seal and cook on manual for 2 minutes. Use a quick release to release steam.

  4. Taste broth and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with additional cilantro and avocado.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Stovetop Instructions

  1. In an 8qt dutch oven, brown meatballs in 1 tbsp olive oil. Turn to brown all sides. Once all sides are browned transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Meatballs do not need to be cooked through - as they will continue cooking in soup.
  2. Add onions and garlic to your dutch oven and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, serrano chili, seasonings, meatballs, and broth.
  4. Simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Taste broth and add salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Albondigas Mexican Meatball Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 226.98 Calories from Fat 116
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.9g20%
Saturated Fat 4.71g29%
Cholesterol 60.77mg20%
Sodium 912.64mg40%
Potassium 725.8mg21%
Carbohydrates 14.9g5%
Fiber 2.69g11%
Sugar 5.29g6%
Protein 13.75g28%
Vitamin A 4162.01IU83%
Vitamin C 37.68mg46%
Calcium 86.28mg9%
Iron 3.36mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. 5 stars
    This soup looks delicious! I love homemade soup and make it often. What’s better than a one pot meal that can be reheated for days?! Adding this to my soup recipe list.

  2. 5 stars
    Really pleased with how this turned out – wanted to do the healthy version using ground turkey & it was sooo good, lots of flavor, didn’t miss the ground beef at all! Great recipe, thanks so much!!