Gatlin Brothers Mexican Meatball Soup

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Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (559.4 g)
  • Calories 417.9
  • Total Fat - 20.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 153 mg
  • Sodium - 1279.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5 g
  • Sugars - 11.4 g
  • Protein - 34.4 g
  • Calcium - 64.2 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 26.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring soup to a boil by adding all ingredients.

Step 2

Meanwhile, mix meat ingredients. Using teaspoon, make 48 balls. Drop into boiling soup.

Step 3

Cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For the best flavor, use fresh ground beef instead of pre-packaged.
  • Make sure to use mild green chilies for a milder flavor.

  • Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef to reduce fat and calories. This is a healthier alternative that still provides the same flavor.
  • Substitute vegetable broth for the water to add more flavor and depth to the soup. This will make the soup more savory and flavorful.

Vegetarian Version Replace the ground beef with a vegetarian meat substitute such as tempeh, tofu, or seitan. Omit the egg and replace with 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. Follow the same instructions for making the meatballs and adding to the soup.

Mexican Rice: This fluffy, flavorful Mexican-inspired rice dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Gatlin Brothers' Mexican Meatball Soup. The added ingredients of garlic, onion, and chili powder give the dish an extra kick that will complement the soup's flavor perfectly.

Chili Lime Corn: This simple side dish is the perfect complement to the Gatlin Brothers' Mexican Meatball Soup. The sweetness of the corn combined with the zesty flavor of chili and lime will provide a nice contrast to the soup, while still allowing the flavors to complement each other.


Q: How long should the meatballs cook?

A: The meatballs should cook for 30 minutes in the boiling soup. Make sure to reduce the heat and cover the pot while they cook.

Q: What type of soup is best for cooking the meatballs?

A: A light broth or tomato soup works best for cooking the meatballs. You can also add other ingredients to the soup such as garlic, onion, and herbs for added flavor.

3 Reviews


Delicious! Quick and easy and made for one great tasting soup. I did saute the onions and as I always do with meatballs baked the mini meatballs in the oven before popping them into the soup pot. This is another soup that earned a plastic sleeve and made it to my recipe drawer. A winner and a repeatable!


review by:
(30 May 2019)


Saw this on the main page, it looks fabulous, gonna make it soon!


review by:
(10 Feb 2016)


Such a fast and easy soup! We both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I had left over beef and chicken broths and used that for the water. I also baked the meatballs before adding to the soup. And used a wonderful Mexican chili powder. Served it over rice and garnished with sour cream & cilantro. Thanks for a wonderful soup! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(29 Sep 2015)

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Fun facts:

The Gatlin Brothers are a famous country music trio from the United States, best known for their hit single "All the Gold in California." The three brothers, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin, have been performing together since the 1960s.

The Mexican Meatball Soup recipe is a traditional dish from the southwestern United States. It is said to have been brought to the region by Spanish settlers in the late 1700s and has been a popular dish ever since.