How to Make Authentic Mexican Soup

When people consider Mexican food, they usually think of tacos, enchiladas and the like… but they hardly ever think of soup. Mexican cusine is not known for their excellent soups in the U.S., but soup is actually a staple in Mexican culture. Here some of the best authentic recipes of Mexican soups.

Authentic Mexican Soup, Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, MASopa de Albondigas

This soup is not similar to any American soup. “Albondigas” are similar to a meatball, yet they contain different spices and usually rice. This soup has a red broth, with plenty of vegetables, and rice and beef meatballs. The recipe below from is one of the best, if you have not eaten the soup before, try it!


  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2(10 ½ ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¼ cup finely snipped cilantro or ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ¼ cup long grain rice, uncooked


  1. In a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is tender but not brown.
  2. Stir in water, broth, and tomato paste.
  3. Bring to a boil; add potatoes and carrots.
  4. Simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile combine egg, cilantro or parsley, salt, oregano, and pepper.
  6. Add ground beef and rice and mix well.
  7. Form 1 inch meatballs.
  8. Add, a few at a time, to the simmering soup.
  9. When all the meatballs are added, bring soup back to boiling.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes, or until meatballs and vegetables are done.

Authentic Mexican Soup, Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, MASopa de Tortilla

This is one of the most common Mexican soups in the United States. It is also known as chicken tortilla soup. This recipe, also from, got a 5 star rating.  If you have not made Mexican soup before, just follow the recipe below to make a delicious chicken tortilla soup that your family and friends will love.


  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 fresh diced garlic clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, diced (optional)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes and chilies, diced
  • 1 (1 ¼-1 ½ ounce) packet taco seasoning (recommended: McCormicks)
  • 10 (8 inch) corn tortillas (cut into small pieces, about 1 inchX1 inch)
  • 12 ounces chicken meat, poached, diced
  • 1 cup milk or 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces Monterey jack cheese or 12 ounces Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • Corn tortilla chips, broken into small pieces for garnish


  1. Sauté carrots, onions, celery in corn oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until tender.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Add tomatoes, Rotel, taco seasoning, and chicken.
  4. Cut tortillas into small pieces, and add to broth mixture.
  5. Let boil for 20 minutes or until tortillas are thoroughly incorporated into soup stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.
  6. Reduce heat and add 8 ounces of cheese. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Add milk and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. If thicker soup is desired, add more diced tortillas and let incorporate into the soup.
  9. Garnish with cheese and broken tortilla chips.
  10. Substitutions: 1 cup Masa Harina (Masa Flour) for 1 10 ct. package of corn tortillas. Gradually add masa flour mixing into broth, mixing thoroughly into broth. If thicker soup is desired, add more masa flour.
  11. You can also use grilled fajita meat instead of poached diced chicken.

These two recipes are just a few ways to make authentic Mexican soup. At Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, we offer these two delicious soups as well as other authentic Mexican dishes. We are conveniently located throughout Massachusetts, so visit us today.