Mexican Meatball Soup

Meatball-eh meatball-eh!

Okay. I’m already royally scrizzed for this month.

See, Aaron and I have this tradition. And I should know better, really. Each Halloween we watch scary movies. And they’re across the board scary. Like, Scream-scary, Rosemary’s Baby-scary, Poltergeist-scary, Joan Rivers documentary-scary. Anything goes.

But a couple of days ago we accidentally totally on purpose got a head start on things. Ugh. We started watching Paranormal Witness. I’m sorry, but anything with the letters P-A-R-A-N-O-R-M-A-L-W-I-T-N-E-S-S in them should be banned in a water well for all eternity.

Hugest mistake ever. Have you heard of the show and the premise of it? It’s REAL LIFE. As in, IT HAPPENED. Ghosts and spirits and UFOs and faceless people on the side of the road. IT ALL HAPPENED TO REAL LIFE PEOPLE.

I can’t feel my legs.

And like, you can’t just watch one episode. Because that would be sane and smart and wise and totally not me.


Oh no. You watch one episode with a mom and a daughter in a huge abandoned house being tormented by stuffed animals and flower vases flying across the room, slamming doors, staticky TVs (come on, ghosts. that’s a little cliché), condiment bottles standing on top of each other, weird words written on the walls and this is a good idea because why?

I can’t feel my torso.


But. We. Kept. Watching. We seriously kept watching, episode after episode until I was literally curled up in the fetal position awkwardly ON TOP of my husband with a blanket over my face, my dog’s limbs in my sweaty grip and a handful of darling expletives shooting from my face.


I can’t feel my arms.


Oh yeah! Mexican Meatball Soup. Right.

I mean, I don’t know how we can even think about soup at a time like this. For all you know, this might not even BE ME. I could very well be some distant hollow spirit betwixt two falcons.

But just so you know, this soup is nothing short of incredz. (that’s the way ghosts say incredible, by the way. incredz.)

You have seasoned turkey meatballs (with tostada shells in them. ain’t no willy nilly here) all browned up and stuff. And THEN, get this. You take some salsa and blitz it up with some chipotle peppers. Dump that in a pot with some tomato paste and broth. Add the meatballs, get your simmer on, and then throw it in your mouth with some zesty garnishes and I THINK I JUST FELT SOMETHING ON MY NECK.

I probably shouldn’t have told the ghosts that staticky TVs were cliché, huh?


Mexican Meatball Soup:

What it took for 4:

* 1.2 pound ground turkey
* 2 scallions, finely chopped
* 1 Tbs. ground cumin
* 2 Tbs. chili powder
* 2 tostada shells, pulsed in a food processor until crumbs
* 2 chipotle peppers, in their adobo sauce
* 2 Tbs. tomato paste
* 2 cups fresh salsa (store-bought is fiiiine)
* 1 quart chicken stock
* 1 avocado, diced
* crumbled queso fresco, for garnish
* freshly chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a bowl, combine the turkey, scallions, cumin, chili powder, tostada shells, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Using your hands, roll them into little balls. You’ll get about 19 or 20.

Bring a large skillet to a medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and brown all over, about 6 minutes. Set them aside.

In a blender, combine the salsa and the chipotle peppers. Pulse until liquified.

In a large pot, bloom the tomato paste for about a minute. (just press it around with a wooden spoon.)

Add the spicy salsa and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, add the meatballs, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste that right now. WHUT.

Serve the Mexican soup garnished with avocado, queso fresco and herbies!

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27 Responses to Mexican Meatball Soup

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 4, 2012 at 11:02 am #
    I want this right now. By the gallon. In my mouth. Faster.
  2. NanaBread (Jeanne) October 4, 2012 at 11:06 am #
    I wonder if the meatballs would rise out of the bowl if I eat this while watching Paranormal Witness. I'M SO GONNA TRY IT! Because I live on the edge like that. Hysterical and fabulous as always, Bev.
    • Erin October 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm #
      I second what she said!!!
  3. Ashley@BakerbyNature October 4, 2012 at 11:43 am #
    I can't even watch scary movie PREVIEWS without curling into fetal position and crying for my mama. I'm crying for this soup right now, too.
  4. Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm #
    In a moment of insanity, I bought a groupon for my boyfriend and I to go to a haunted corn maze this month. I think I might actually cry when we do it. Things jumping out at you and it's IN THE DARK, and what if we get lost? I think I should probably have this soup ready and waiting for us when we get back (if we ever get back) so I can cry into IT instead.
  5. Cassie October 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #
    I definitely don't do scary movies or TV shows. I much rather do spicy soup. Love this!
  6. the 3volution of j3nn October 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm #
    Italian-Mexican fusion... I dig it! Looks very tasty. :)
  7. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm #
    Amazing! So hearty and comforting.
  8. Tracey Evans @cookingwithloveblog October 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm #
    Oh my gosh, I love me some Mexican! AND with meatballs??? Oh my gosh... I don't watch scary movies, or those real life documentary's. No way jose!! :)
  9. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm #
    I. Love. Soup! And keep scary movies/shows away from me. I won't sleep for a week... or more. I'm still tormented by Freddy Kruger from my childhood. :o
  10. Heather @ Heather's Dish October 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm #
    um, my stomach turned when you said the baby monitor sang a lullaby. as scared as i am just reading about the scary stuff on your blog there's no way i can handle the real movie/show/whatever!
  11. Tina @ mylifeasamrs October 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm #
    I cannot do scary movies... like at ALL. i'll have to sleep with the covers over my face for 3 weeks and freak out if i wake up at 3:33. ahhhh the bewitching hour. CREEPS.ME.OUT. Oh, and mexican + meatballs?! HECK YES!
  12. Erin @ EK Can't Cook October 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm #
    This entire post is made of win. Erin -
  13. Jenny October 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm #
    You all should watch "The Descent" talk about some scary stuff right there!!! You should have been coon (racoon) hunting w/me one time in an old farm house in the middle of nowhere with an old rocking chair that started moving back and forth on it's own. Freaky. But I'm all for this soup. Sounds and looks so yummy!!
  14. DessertForTwo October 5, 2012 at 6:46 am #
    I love albondigas! It's about time I made a batch again! :)
  15. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm #
    I don't do scary movies, but I will have a bowl of this soup :)
  16. Michelle October 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm #
    This truly was THAT good! Perfect for a cold fall or winter night. Warms you right up:). My family is wimpy though - so will use one chipotle next time. We also stirred in sour cream in lieu of the queso - which worked great. Thanks do much, this is a keeper!
  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 7, 2012 at 12:04 am #
    I freaking LOVE that show!! It is really scary! There was one from the first season about poltergeists and the family showed their own photos and video and it really scared the crap out of me! I might need a bowl of this soup before I watch the next episode!
  18. October 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm #
    Definitely making this (now that the weather is finally reasonable)! Love your site! & photography!
  19. Kevin @ Closet Cooking October 9, 2012 at 10:40 am #
    That is one tasty looking meatball soup! I am really liking the creamy avocado in it!
  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm #
    I have seen commercials for that show - can't watch it. This soup though, I will take a whole pot of it.
  21. Jennie @themessybakerblog October 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    This soup sounds amazing. Pinned! Your tradition sounds like fun. I'll have to look into that show.
  22. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids October 11, 2012 at 6:17 am #
    Look at me all sitting here drinking my tea, fully dressed, and taking time to read one of my favorite blogs at 6:15 am. Usually when I am this proud about something, the morning takes a quick turn. So, I will enjoy this moment for a few more minutes... This soup look amazing. So amazing that it is on my menu for Sunday night. Cannot wait! You know...if you moved next door (which I have requested countless time), I am pretty sure that I would have more time on my hands because you could just cook for us a few nights each week. :) Happy Thursday, Sweet Bev!
  23. Heather October 11, 2012 at 8:40 am #
    This looks delicious, Bev! I'm gonna try it!


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