This albondigas soup recipe was one of my family’s favorite dinners growing up. This traditional Mexican recipe is made in a slow cooker with meatballs, fresh vegetables and spices. This crock pot recipe will quickly become one of your favorites!
Mexican recipes have always been my favorite type of food to make and eat. Some of my other favorite Mexican recipes are these Homemade Chicken Enchiladas, Tilapia Fish Tacos and a refreshing glass of Horchata.
What Is Albondigas?
Growing up, my family had a very favorite Mexican restaurant we ate at all. the. time. While the girls ate way too many chips with delicious salsa, my dad and brother would always order Sopa de Albondigas as an appetizer.
Albondigas (pronounced All-bone-dig-us) is Spanish for “Meatball Soup” and it is delicious!!! Basically, it’s a delicious soup filled with meatballs and several fresh vegetables.
Mexican Albondigas Soup
My entire family has fallen in love with this soup. My oldest would eat it every day if he could.
After ordering it all the time at the restaurant, my dad came up with his own homemade recipe and has now been making it for years. Unfortunately for me, he never keeps track of what he is tossing in the pot, so duplicating his version is not going to happen exactly.
I did help him make this albondigas soup one Sunday afternoon so basis of this recipe is from that day. I then took his recipe and simplified it using a slow cooker. So while my dad slaves away at the stockpot all afternoon, I can toss mine in the crock pot and still get the same delicious flavors. Here is how to make it:
What Goes In Albondigas Soup
- Beef broth
- Celery sticks
- White onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Salt & pepper
How To Make Crock Pot Albondigas Soup
Meatballs – After a long day, I am all about making things easier when it comes to dinner prep. In the albondigas soup recipe below, I suggest using frozen meatballs because it’s easier and faster. If you want to spoil yourself, I would suggest making these Homemade Meatballs ahead of time and using them instead of the frozen ones.
Vegetable Prep – Wash & cut all of the vegetables into smaller bite-sized pieces.
Combine – Put all of the ingredients, except for the cilantro and salt & pepper, into the crock pot.
Cook – You can cook the albondigas soup all day on the low setting. If you’re short on time, you can cook it on high for at least 4 hours.
Final Touches – Before serving, sprinkle the cilantro over the top and then salt and pepper the soup to taste.
Recipe Tip – If you prefer a little kick to your albondigas, add some diced jalapeños to the soup recipe.
Can You Freeze Albondigas Soup?
Freezing – Yes, you can definitely freeze this soup. Once the soup has cooled, I typically just pour the leftovers into a Ziplock freezer bag. If you don’t have these, any air-tight container will do.
Reheating – When you’re ready to use it, thaw the leftovers in the refrigerator overnight and then either warm it up on the stove or in the microwave.
More Easy Soup Recipes
- Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
- Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup
- Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Easy Baked Potato Soup
- Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Albondigas Soup Recipe
- 4 cups of beef broth
- 5 carrots, sliced
- 3 celery sticks, sliced
- 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 meduim white onion, diced
- 1 jar of salsa, approx. 2 cups
- 1 small bag of frozen meatballs, approx. 20
- chopped fresh cilantro, optional
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Toss all ingredients into crock pot, except the cilantro, salt and pepper.
- Cook on low all day or on high for 4 hours or until meatballs are heated through.
- Sprinkle with cilantro before serving, if desired and season with salt and pepper.