Do you know how you start off making one recipe and it turns into something more delicious than you expected? That’s exactly what happened when I made this albóndiga soup.
I had some defrosted ground beef but I knew I didn't want to make burgers again. And since it had been extremely cold, I just wanted to eat soup every day! Albóndiga soup is one of my absolute favorites and I thought… Hmm, what if I throw in some black beans?? It would have to be good. As I went along and started adding the spices, I realized it had a lot of the same ingredients as when I make beef chili. It turned out to be the best chili soup with meatballs I could have imagined!
Start by combining all of the ingredients for the albóndigas, in the order listed. Using your hands, form 18 meatballs and transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
Preheat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat in a large, heavy pot for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onions, serrano and green bell pepper. Season lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic, cilantro, and Roma tomatoes. Cook for another minute.
Add the remaining ingredients for the soup base, minus the black beans. Stir well to combine, taste for salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat just slightly. Carefully add the albóndigas to the soup, stir gently. Cover and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, add in the remaining black beans. Cook for just another few minutes. Serve right away, garnish with fried tortilla strips, guacamole, and lime wedges. Yields up to 6 hearty servings or 8 as a starter.