Albóndigas, which means meatballs in Spanish, are found in Sopa de Albondigas, a popular food dish that originated in Mexico. In this recipe, the meatballs are made with rice in them and the broth is usually chicken based. The following vegetables are commonly used in this dish: onion, carrots, potatoes, squashes, chayote, and seasonings such as cilantro, mint, salt, and garlic.

When mixing the rice and meat together, I’d recommend adding raw eggs so that when the meatballs are dropped into the boiling pot they will stiffen a bit and won’t break apart on you! Though, if you add the eggs, just remember to count in those extra Weight Watchers Points!

If you want to bulk up this dish for the non-dieters, you can follow the tradition of the Mexican Northwest, by accompanying the dish with warm rolled tortillas topped with mayonnaise and salsa. Yum!

Albondigas Recipe

1/2 pound ground chuck
1/2 onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/4 cup instant rice – uncooked
1 egg
Salt and pepper — to taste
4 ounces chopped green chilies –canned, drained
1 carrot – shredded
14 1/2 ounces stewed tomatoes – canned
4 cups hot water
2 cups low fat beef broth — or water
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley – or cilantro

In a bowl, combine beef, onion, garlic, rice, egg, salt and pepper to taste. Form into 1 1/2″ meatballs. Place chilies and shredded carrots in bottom of slow cooker. Spoon tomatoes evenly on top. Place meatballs on top of tomatoes. Pour in water, broth, oregano, and parsley or cilantro. Cover and cook on LOW 5 1/2 to 6 hours. Garnish this popular Mexican soup with sprigs of fresh cilantro or mint, and serve with flour tortillas.

Per serving: 121 Calories (kcal); 7g Total Fat; 7g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 45mg Cholesterol; 48mg Sodium

Weight Watchers Points Value = 3 (WW Points)


  1. Do you have the Points + numbers available for your pre-Points + recipes?

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Sadly, I don’t. :( I could kick myself for not tracking the nutritional info back then…I never even thought about Weight Watchers changing their Points program. In hindsight, I would’ve calculated all of the nutritional stats so that it’d be easy to just plus it into the Weight Watchers Points Plus calculator and get the new Points Plus value.

  2. So, why the instant rice if it’s a slow cooker recipe? Sorry, it sounds sarcastic, but honestly it isn’t. I just don’t know much about rice in slow cookers, which is why I’m asking.

  3. I am also interested in serving size and how many servings this recipe makes.

    • This Weight Watcher recipe makes 8 servings total. Serving size is 1/8th of the recipe.

  4. I'm curious–what is the serving size for this? Or how many servings does the recipe make? I would love it if someone could email me that information. :-)

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