Abondigas

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Happy Friday!

We’ve made to the end of the first “post-holiday” week.  By now, most of us have started to settle in to the new year and life is back to normal.

While the holidays are over, we still do have a few months left of cool weather…even here in California. 🙂  And, what better to serve for dinner on a chilly night than a warm, hearty bowl of soup?

Abondigas, also known as Mexican meatball soup, is most definitely a great choice for a chilly night’s meal.  The meatballs and potatoes make it a nice hearty soup without making you feel “over-stuffed”.

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The recipe below is for a very large pot of soup.  I love making enough soup  at one time to allow for several dinners and leftovers for lunch.  It’s a great time saver and soups are delicious when they’re reheated.  If you’re trying this for the first time or only need a small amount, you can certainly cut the recipe in half quite easily.

Here’s the recipe…

Abondigas

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup instant rice (I used brown…great way to “sneak” it in)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Meatball Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls.  Two pounds of ground turkey will make 50-60 meatballs.

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Soup Ingredients:

  • 4 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 large jalapenos, minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 pounds meatballs
  • 1 (29 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots
  • 6 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 4 large stalks celery, chopped
  • warm tortillas and chopped cilantro for serving

Soup Directions:

  • Bring broth, onion, garlic, jalapenos, and cilantro to a boil.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, meatballs and baby carrots and boil for 3o minutes.
  • Add potatoes and celery and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until potatoes reach desired tenderness.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with warm tortillas.

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Enjoy! ❤

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