Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash!

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This Mexican meatball soup (Albondigas) is very hearty, quite easy to make and full of flavor - a warming dish for any day of the year!

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This Mexican meatball soup (Albondigas) is very hearty, quite easy to make and full of flavor - a warming dish for any day of the year!

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This Mexican meatball soup (Albondigas) is very hearty, quite easy to make and full of flavor - a warming dish for any day of the year!

The Recipe: Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash!

Tips and what you will need: You can buy butternut squash that is already peeled and diced in the produce section of your grocery store, or learn to do it yourself here. I also hear this soup gets even better when served the next day...I never have leftovers so no personal knowledge there. This recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free and Paleo and Whole 30 Compliant!

4.5 from 8 votes
Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Known as albóndigas, Mexican meatballs simmered in broth are a popular comfort food around the country—each region has its own recipe. Here, a mix of pork and beef combine for added richness. Be sure not to overmix the raw meat; gentle handling leads to tender meatballs.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: classic recipe, easy appetizer recipe, easy dinner recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sun Basket Foods
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • ½ pound peeled butternut squash diced 1/2 "
  • ¼ pound Napa cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 5 ounces ground beef
  • 5 ounces ground pork
  • 1 pasture-raised organic egg
Meatball spice blend:
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
Instructions
Prepare veggies:
  1. Peel the onion and cut it into ½-inch pieces.
  2. Scrub the carrot and peel, if desired. Cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.
  3. Finely chop the cilantro.
  4. Cut the lime into wedges.
  5. Peel and dice butternut squash
  6. Cut the cabbage into thin strips.
  7. Combine meatball spices and set aside.
Start the soup:
  1. In a pot over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, carrot, and squash. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, stirring to coat the vegetables. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook until the flavors have developed, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. While the soup cooks, start the meatballs.
Make the meatballs:
  1. Drain the ground beef and ground pork on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg with the meatball spice blend and half the cilantro. Add the beef and pork and season generously with salt and pepper. Using wet hands, mix until well combined, then form the mixture into 2-inch balls.
Finish the soup:
  1. Add the meatballs to the soup. Return to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve:
  1. Transfer the soup to individual bowls and top with the cabbage and remaining cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges.

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51 thoughts on “Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash!

    • Really?? Because my squash says ‘grown in Mexico’ and according to google: “Butternut squash is a type of edible plant with slightly sweet, bright orange flesh and an inedible, thick and tan skin. Native to Mexico and the surrounding areas, the flesh of the squash can be used in many dishes, and is a good source of vitamins. A popular winter squash, butternut squash can last as long as three months if kept in a cool place.”

  1. This is a really interesting recipe. I’ve never made a meatball soup with butternut squash before, they usually have an italian bent to them. Would definitely give a try.

  2. Holy delicious. There isn’t one thing about this soup I would change in the slightest– the squash, those meatballs and the amazing Mexican flavors, all perfection! Totally trying this!

  3. I made this soup on Thursday evening and it was delicious BUT I just warmed up some leftovers and the flavors are next level!!! That time spent in my fridge melding together made it even better.

  4. This looks so delicious! I recently found out that I have a chicken allergy/ sensitivity, so I have been looking for a Mexican soup that was not chicken based and am so excited to try this! I was wondering for the broth, if I had to sub with either beef or vegetable broth (vs chicken), which would you recommend in your experience?
    Many thanks!

  5. Quick question! When making the meatballs, it says to drain the meat first, which makes me thinking I should be cooking the ground beef and sausage first. I’m a little confused because then you mix the meat in with the egg and spices afterward. Should I be cooking the meat first? Thanks!

  6. How much salt did you include? I salted and peppered along the way, but the flavor was quite bland and my dinner guests kept reaching for the shakers. I like the main ingredients of this recipe, but is there a way to give it more flavor other than a ton of salt?

    • Ok my dear let’s see if we can figure this out. The recipe calls for sea salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, garlic, and fresh lime, onions and cilantro. All pretty flavorful herbs and spices. You mentioned you had guests and this recipe as printed, is for two. Now I know this sounds like a silly question but you would be surprised by how many people forget to double or triple the spices when they are making a recipe for more people! Assuming you did that, I have another suggestion, my go to’s for adding flavor to soups are: using homemade broth (much more flavorful than store bought), adding fresh minced garlic (at the end of sauteeing the onions and squash in this case) and adding a pinch of cayenne pepper (just that little bit of heat goes a long way!) I hope this helps!

  7. This soup is delicious! I made it last night. I love the way you break down the recipe in sections; made prep/cooking really easy; I added 1 cup of frozen, organic corn.

    Tweaks for next time (for me): sub/add sweet potato, use beef+turkey or chicken, brown meatballs before adding to soup, add 1 more carrot, use fresh garlic.

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