30 by 30: Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup


When I added albóndigas to my 30 by 30 list, I intentionally left it vague.  Albóndigas (meatballs) can be in soup, they can be in chile sauce, they can be poblano-sauced, they can be a lot of things.  I wasn’t sure which version I wanted to make, so I didn’t specify.  Well, at some point, I was going through the bazillion posts I had in my Reader and realized—oops—I already had an albóndigas soup recipe starred, one that Cara had adapted from Bon Appétit.  Looking at the original recipe, I instantly remembered why I starred it–it was a soup, and there were poblano pieces mixed right into the meatballs themselves and it’s in ancho broth. Score!

This recipe was great.  I am constantly delighted by ancho chile powder.  It does amazing things.  It’s just got such a deep, rich flavor.  It’s not very spicy at all, so do not be deterred by the amount.  Also, you really need to use pure ancho powder, because commercial chili powder has a lot of stuff in it besides ground chilis, one of which is cumin, and this soup is already pretty cumin-heavy.  In fact, I would probably reduce the amount of cumin the next time around by a bit, probably bringing the meatballs down to 2 tsp..  The only other change I would make to this soup is to reduce the amount of broth or to add more rice.  I thought 9 cups was excessive, but then I thought that with the rice absorbing so much of it, maybe it would turn out fine.  It was definitely too brothy for me (though leftovers, where the rice did absorb more broth, were better).  I think you could easily reduce it by 1-2 cups, but I’ve left the original recipe below since I’ve not tested the spice amounts with less broth (obviously the spices would be more concentrated).  Alternatively, you could up the amount of rice to 1/2 – 2/3 of a cup.  I did bake my tortilla strips rather than fry them, which is what I always do.

So, bottom line: I would make a few tweaks to this recipe, yes, but we still very much enjoyed it.  It’s rich, warm, and flat out tasty.  Although I’m way behind on completing it, I’m so glad I made the 30×30 list, because we’ve been eating so many great things that we otherwise may not have tried for years and years, or until Google Reader threatened to crash, forcing me to actually make those hundreds of recipes I’ve starred. 🙂

30 by 30: Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup

14 thoughts on “30 by 30: Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup

  1. I’ve had albondigas on my radar for quite a while as well but for some reason they haven’t gotten made yet…no clue why. This soup seems like an awesome way to enjoy them, especially for someone who’s on a soup kick (like me). I love that it calls for poblanos and ancho chile powder..both good stuff.

  2. WOW – looks amazing! These are all of my favorite flavors – I have to try this. Hmm, I never made a 30 by 30 list… guess I need to start on a 40 by 40. ha.

  3. I made this last night and it was excellent. I made a few changes: 6 cups broth and 1 cup water (left the spices the same); added1 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes and 1/2 cup shredded carrots from the salad bar. I also cooked the rice and added to each bowl so I could portion control better. A definite repeater.

    1. Glad you liked it Celeste. Those are great changes. I like adding the rice to the bowls and I think I will do that next time.

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