Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

I've had this recipe a long time and is a favorite. If you like hot, be sure to put out the hot sauce!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add 1 3/4 cups onions, 2 garlic cloves and bay leaves; saute 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth, tomatoes with juices, salsa, and cilantro; bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine ground beef, pork sausage, cornmeal, whole milk, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, remaining 1 cup onions, 2 garlic cloves and 1/4 cup cilantro in a medium bowl.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Shape meat mixture by generous tablespoonfuls into 1- 1 1/4" balls.
  8. Add rice and meat balls to soup and bring to a boil, stirring occasionall.
  9. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice and meatballs are tender.
  10. Stirring occasionally,about 20 minutes.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
Most Helpful

love it!my dh ,who is not a soup fan enjoyed it as well. i am finding if it has spice and pep he enjoys it. i loved it! i used orzo instead of rice but that is a minor replacement. it will become a winter soup staple in my house!

kimbearly September 15, 2002

Great soup, awesome flavour. I made and baked the meatballs ahead of time and froze them in a ziploc bag. On the day I served the soup, as I defrosted the meatballs in the microwave, I dumped the rest of the ingredients into a large pot. I did use crushed tomatoes instead of diced, and I left out the cilantro as my husband does not care for it. By the time my meatballs were defrosted, the broth was ready and I just simmered it for about 25 minutes until the rice was tender. I served this with Mexican corn bread recipe 11012. Great winter recipe-thanks!

* Pamela * January 14, 2004

This is so good, and pretty fast if you make the meatballs ahead of time. I thought it served more like 9-10 for a decent sized appetizer course. I also made my meatballs smaller so there wouldn't be any embarrassing spills during dinner. :) My gourmet group gives this a five! Yum!

Lil' Nutbrown Hare January 21, 2009