Tortilla Meatball Soup

YIELD 4 servings


1 teaspoon canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 (14-ounce can) reduced-sodium beef broth (or vegetable broth)
2 cups water
8 ounces lean ground beef, pinched into teaspoon-sized free-form meatballs (or veggie-friendly meatballs)
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1 (14-ounce) can diced no-salt-added tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
6 ounces nonfat plain yogurt
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
Tortilla chips or homemade baked tortilla strips (optional)


1. Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion; cook until onion is tender, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes Add cumin; cook and stir 1 minute. Pour in beef broth and water; increase heat to high. While water comes to a boil, pinch ground beef into teaspoon-sized free-formed meatballs and place on a plate. When soup is boiling, slide in meatballs. Stir well, and simmer until meat is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes and corn; cook until heated through. Stir in lime juice and serve with toppings.

Recipe by Serena Ball, RD with photograph by Mark Boughton and Teresa Blackburn.This recipe originally appeared as Tortilla Meatball Soup on

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harperabout a year ago


Kath P.
Kath P.about a year ago

Sounds like something a whole family would enjoy...TY

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Croweabout a year ago

I put this recipe in my file, so I will have it when it starts cooling off. Thanks - it sounds delicious!

Brian M.
Past Member about a year ago

To kick up the flavor quotient even more, try making the meatballs with a blend of ground beef and lamb.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

Thank you :)

Ryvre S.
Lynda R.about a year ago

mmmm albondigas!!!

Dale O.
DaleLovesOttawa O.about a year ago

John c mentioned: "Not really soup weather."

At times, but waiting for a windy, rainy day!

inspector thirtyseven
inspector thirtysevenabout a year ago

Thank you

Winn Adams
Winn Adamsabout a year ago


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harperabout a year ago