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Tortilla Meatball Soup

  • June 17, 2014
  • 1:00 pm
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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4:24AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014


3:43AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

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

3:04AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

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

11:29PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

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

10:09AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Thank you :)

11:46AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

mmmm albondigas!!!

10:51AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

John c mentioned: "Not really soup weather."

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

1:52AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thank you

8:36AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014


8:28AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014


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