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Mexican Meatball Soup

Warm and comforting chicken meatball soup, spiced to perfection. So perfect for these cool evenings!

Mexican Meatball Soup | Fabtastic Eats

Trying to find a house in seven days in a place that we have never been too and don’t know all that much about, is kind of stressful, and definitely a giant pain in the arse. If I’ve been a little sparse here as of late, you can just envision me with a latte in hand and my other hand on my head, because this is tough.

Rent out here in Washington is pretty ridiculous, and way over priced. After looking at an obnoxious amount of houses the past couple of days, we’ve decided that putting all that money every year into rent is a complete waste, so we are going to buy. Yep, buy a house.

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It’s kind of exciting, and really scary. I’ve been crazy particular when it comes to finding something to rent, I can’t even imagine how much more neurotic I will be about buying. I hope my husband doesn’t kick me out by the end of it. I’m kidding. Kind of. I think he wants to slap me silly after this little house hunting adventure, he has no idea what he’s in for when it comes to buying one. 😉

We’ll rent for the next six months, because obviously buying a house takes some time and we definitely can’t live in a hotel much longer. (Heck if we’re here another two nights I think my husband may blow a gasket. I’m kind of with him on that one.) So any advice or tips on shopping for a house to buy is much appreciated. Gimme what you got!

Mexican Meatball Soup | Fabtastic Eats

In the meantime, I’ll keep giving you beyond tasty foods, like this here Mexican Meatball Soup. Holy heck is this one goooood. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big leftovers lover, but I ate this one for three days straight. It is SO warm, cozy, and comforting. It reminds me of curling up in front of the fireplace with a whole lot of love.

This soup is homey and healthy. Flavorful and filling. We loved this one right down to the very last drop. You must try it before soup season ends. Though, I eat soup all year round, anyone else?

Mexican Meatball Soup | Fabtastic Eats

Mexican Meatball Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Mexican Meatball Soup

Warm and comforting chicken meatball soup, spiced to perfection. So perfect for these cool evenings!


    For the Soup
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped in 1/4" pieces
  • 1 leek, greens only, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 15 ounce can whole corn, drained
  • lime juice
  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 slices whole wheat bread, chopped to crumbs, or 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  2. Saute 5 minutes, until translucent
  3. Add the zucchini, leeks, oregano, and cumin. Stir and cook 4-5 minutes to begin softening.
  4. Add chicken broth, water, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. While the soup is simmering, make the meatballs.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic powder, bread crumbs, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well with hands.
  7. Form into 30 mini meatballs. Add them to the soup along with the drained corn.
  8. Cook 10-20 minutes on medium-low.
  9. Serve with freshly squeezed lime juice. Enjoy!

Adapted from Food and Wine

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  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Finding a house in seven days?? Um whoa. My advice? Do not settle!! When Kev and I first starting the home buying process I was so excited, I made him put an offer on a house I thought was “the one,” even though it wasn’t what I wanted to begin with, thank goodness the inspection didn’t turn out well, otherwise I might be moving again right now. After that debacle, we took our time and found the perfect house for us, and I’m SO happy I didn’t settle. Also, another big thing I found to be helpful is to keep a VERY open mind, most aesthetic things can be changed pretty easily and cheaply!

    GOOD LUCK! 🙂

    Annnddddd I don’t have any idea how you’re having time to post, but I’ll take it, this soup look so comforting and is making my stomach growl, like a lot.

    February 12, 2014 at 6:51 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Im happy it worked out for the best for you guys! Thanks for the tips! We’re renting now, so hopefully we find something we love enough to buy this year!
      Thanks for the soup love!

      February 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    You read my mind! I was thinking of making something similar this week!! <3

    February 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Great minds! 😉

      February 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply julia

    What a comforting soup! I just love this. Best of luck finding a new house–that can be stressful but I am sure you will find something you love!

    February 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much!

      February 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Holy moly, this was delicious! Your recipe totally inspired me, though I made a few small changes:

    – doubled the zucchini and added a diced red bell pepper at the same time
    – no leek (store was out!)
    – added smoked paprika, chili powder, and dried red pepper flakes to the meatballs (ran out of jalapeño and wanted heat & smoke)
    – served with 1/2 a diced avocado in each bowl

    It was really delicious and I didn’t even miss the pork or beef that we usually use for meatballs. I couldn’t find ground chicken at the store, so the butcher ground up a couple breasts for me. Both the broth and meatballs were nice and spicy. I look forward to leftovers already!

    January 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      this is one of my favorite soups too! so happy you enjoyed it so much!

      January 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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