It’s that time of year when I love to grab my slow cooker to prepare my quick and easy-to-make Slow Cooker Mexican Soup. My sister, Carol first introduced me to this soup, aka Albondigas Mexican Soup. This is a really quick throw-together soup because I buy frozen meatballs from Costco. They are actually Italian meatballs, probably based on the seasonings, but they still work for this recipe. This is a very hearty soup that you can top with sour cream, cilantro, and croutons of your choice. The ingredients are in my pantry, other than the frozen meatballs.
I wanted to learn a little more about what the term Albondigas means and what makes this soup different from other possible recipes of Mexican Albondigas Soup. Here is what I learned. Basically, Albondigas means small meatballs prepared in a Mexican, Spanish, or South American way. It’s a traditional meatball soup made a few different ways with each family handing down their family recipe to the next generation. I love every Mexican soup recipe, just so you know…Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, SCCPVL610-S
I remember growing up and my mother would always have food to share with everyone at the kitchen table. We didn’t have a lot of money, but that didn’t matter. She could stretch a pot of soup like no other person I know. Of course, I learned that skill from her and my daughters carry on that tradition today as well. There is always extra food for everyone. She was a very generous person with meals and serving others. I learned a lot of things from her about breaking bread with friends and family.
There is something about sitting around a large table and eating with those you love and care about. We can talk and laugh and enjoy the company around us. My husband and I had this soup for lunch today and it was delicious. He doesn’t like things too spicy, and this soup seemed to be just what he wanted for the lunch meal.
We made enough to put two containers together for a later meal, one in the refrigerator and one in the freezer. The soup should taste just as good the second and third time it is served. Great way to plan ahead, and also to save money.
I hope your family enjoys this Slow Cooker Mexican Soup Recipe as much as my family does. Do you have a favorite Mexican soup recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation? I would love to know.
Mexican Soup Recipe:
- 2- 14.5- ounce cans of diced tomatoes do not drain
- 2- 14.5- ounce cans chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 peeled and chopped onion
- 1 carrot sliced into bite size pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 30-40 pre-cooked 1-1/2 inch meatballs I buy frozen cooked meatballs from Costco
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients, except the meatballs, and cook in a slow cooker for about 4-8 hours on low. You will add the meatballs half way through the cooking time. Cook on low for about 8 hours total. Serve with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.
Mexican Soup Recipe Add-Ons:
1. grated cheese
2. a dollop of sour cream
3. chopped Cilantro
4. taco chips
5. grated or chopped onions