Mini Meatball Mexican Soup

Remember when I mentioned I was testing a few soup recipes last week?  Work has been super busy, but I finally got around to making this one last night and had to post it right away because it’s so addicting! I had a huge bowl for dinner and went back for seconds, and I wish there was more left because I wouldn’t mind a little snack right about now…

It’s really all about the mini meatballs. I love them in soup because they just make it so much more hearty and tasty. Instead of making a traditional Italian wedding soup though, I decided it would be fun to try a Mexican inspired version. I mixed Ancho chile powder, cumin, and oregano spiced mini meatballs in a red and poblano pepper tomato broth and garnished the soup with avocado and feta. Next time I’m going to make a double batch so the leftovers last longer!

Mini Meatball Mexican Soup
Printable Recipe


1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon salt

1 large red pepper
2 poblano peppers
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta

To make the meatballs, heat oven to 375˚F. Place ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, chile powder, cumin, oregano, and salt in a large bowl and knead with your hands until well mixed. Shape into 50 mini meatballs and place on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 375˚F for 13-15 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

To make the soup, heat oven broiler. Place peppers on a greased cookie sheet and broil for 15 to 20 minutes or until outsides are black and charred, turning once. Cool to room temperature, remove blackened skins and seeds, and roughly chop roasted peppers.

Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Add chicken broth, water, tomatoes, and roasted peppers, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer for 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree soup until smooth or place batches in a blender and process until smooth. Stir in lime juice, cumin, and salt. Mix in cooked meatballs. Scoop into four bowls and garnish with avocado and feta. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 418 calories, 18.9g fat, 6.1g fiber, 44.8g protein per serving
Cost: $2.72 per serving

37 Responses to Mini Meatball Mexican Soup

  1. Kerstin, this soup looks wonderful! I love the flavors you used… I recently made a chicken enchilada soup that also has ancho chile powder – love it! I don’t know what I would do without my immersion blender ;). I am definitely going to make this soup sometime soon.

  2. I am living off of soup now that the temps are below zero! This sounds like a fiery soup that would warm me from the inside out! Love the idea of mini meatballs too, so fun!

  3. Adorable. I have to say I am not usually a meatball girl but last night I was watching a Cooking Channel holiday special (interestingly enough with a pair of sisters from Cambridge) and they made mini meatballs and I found myself with a craving. Your soup couldn’t come with better timing.

  4. Mini meatballs are the best. My grandma used to make them to put in Italian wedding soup and man were they amazing. I haven’t had any as good. Ever.

    I love this Mexican twist! I bet it has such great addictive flavor.

  5. This looks good! I love mexican meatball soup, I’m going to have to try your version. I’ve never thought about making mini meatballs, and I usually use mint instead of the oregano for my meatballs.
    Thanks for sharing, and I just found your site!:)

  6. Man, I haven’t had meatballs in soup in ages… probably since I was a little kid. That sounds so good. Love the Mexican spin on it. Will definitely be making that! I’m all about soups after making one this past weekend.

  7. Wow, Kerstin. How do you make a simple bowl of soup look so artistic? Oh wait, it’s NOT some simple soup. It’s an amazing concoction of wild flavors! I’d totally love this!

  8. Thanks everyone! This is my favorite soup on my blog so far! There’s just something so fun and satisfying about mini meatballs.

    Lauren – My immersion blender is one of my favorite kitchen tools too :)

    Grace and Megan – It’s actually not too spicy. Ancho chile powder is made from dried poblanos so it adds a lot of flavor but not too much heat.

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