Instant Pot Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

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This Instant Pot Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup is my version of the popular, Mexican meatball soup albondigas. Flavorful meatless black bean balls are added to a simple tomato-based broth with celery, carrot, and potato and seasoned with oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, and cilantro. The bonus is this soup is also gluten-free.

Instant Pot Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

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Instant Vegan Pot Mexican Meatball Soup

This pressure cooker version of Mexican meatball soup is very warming. the perfect comfort soup for this cold weather we are experiencing here in Florida. It is easy to prepare and cooks on high pressure for only 10 minutes. 

If you are a big fan of Instant Pot soups like we are then you are going to enjoy Instant Pot Split Pea Soup and Instant Pot Lentil Soup.

What is Mexican Meatball Soup?

Traditional Mexican meatball soup also is known as albondigas soup. is traditionally made with seasoned ground beef meatballs cooked in a light tomato, vegetable broth, and spices. 

What Veggies Go In Albondigas?

For my Mexican meatball soup, I used simple vegetables that I had on hand, celery, carrot, and potato. You can also add zucchini and green beans to make a hearty soup. 

How To Make Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup?

Learn how to make meatball soup with my easy instructions:

You can use a store-bought vegan meatball or create one of my vegan, gluten-free meatball recipes below minus the sauce or you can make my black bean meatball:

  1. Lentil Meatballs
  2. Tofu Meatballs

Ingredients For Black Bean Meatballs

  • Walnuts
  • Black Beans
  • Oat Flour
  • Cooked Rice
  • Yeast Flakes
  • Ground Flaxseeds
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying

To make black bean meatballs, add walnuts to a food processor and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add black beans and pulse. Transfer mixture into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients and mix well. Form pieces in balls using the palm of your hands and set aside.

Transfer the black bean mixture in a bowl, form into balls and set aside.

Heat up your Instant Pot, press Saute and oil to Instant Pot. When heated up, add black bean balls and cook on both sides until brown about 8 minutes. Remove black bean balls from Instant Pot and set aside on a plate.  

You can also bake these black bean balls on a greased parchment paper lined baking sheet in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes turning halfway. 

Make The Soup

Add onion, garlic, celery, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in carrots and potatoes, oregano, smoked paprika, cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, vegetable bouillon, nutritional yeast flakes, cayenne pepper,  salt and stir to combine. 

Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to reset the cooking program. Select Pressure Cook or Manual Setting and set the cooking time for 10 minutes at high pressure. 

When Instant Pot is finished and beeps, Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes then perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to 'Venting'. When the pin drops, open the lid and stir. 

To Serve, place black bean balls in each bowl, ladle soup over the black bean balls, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Notes: If you use a store bought vegan meatball, saute vegan meatballs in the Instant Pot until brown. Remove and set aside. Add meatballs to the soup when finished. 

Make your own oat flour by blending rolled oats in a high-speed blender.

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Easy Mexican Meatball soup made in a pressure cooker

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Nutrition

Energy:
296 kcal / 1237 kJ
Fat:
11 g
Protein:
13 g
Carbs:
36 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

Preparation:
20 min
Cooking:
15 min
Ready in:
35 min
For:
6 Servings

Ingredients

For The Black Bean Balls

For The Soup

Instructions

For The Black Bean Meatballs

  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add black beans and process. Scoop out mixture into a large bowl, stir in rice, yeast flakes, ground flaxseeds, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt.
  2. Form pieces of mixture into balls and set aside on a plate. Heat up your Instant Pot, press Saute and oil to Instant Pot. When heated up, add black bean balls and cook on both sides until brown about 8 minutes. Remove black bean balls from Instant Pot and set aside on a plate.  

For The Soup

  1. Add extra oil, onion, garlic, celery, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in carrots and potatoes, oregano, smoked paprika, cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, vegetable bouillon, nutritional yeast flakes, cayenne pepper,  salt and stir to combine. 
  3. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to reset the cooking program. Select Pressure Cook or Manual Setting and set the cooking time for 10 minutes at high pressure. 
  4. When Instant Pot is finished and beeps, Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes then perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to 'Venting'. When the pin drops, open the lid and stir. 
  5. To Serve, place black bean balls in each bowl, ladle soup over the black bean balls, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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10 Comments
  1. Constance
    June 28, 2019

    This was very flavorful, make sure to add the balls at the end, otherwise, it is a great recipe.

  2. Jeni
    February 4, 2019

    Turned out pretty amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 4, 2019

      That’s awesome Jeni, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback.

  3. sandy.que
    January 31, 2019

    I tried this for my lunch/dinner last night, it came out better than I could’ve imagined. Who knew you could you could do that with walnuts

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 31, 2019

      Thank you Sandy.que, I’m happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate your feedback.

  4. Pat
    January 30, 2019

    What if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 30, 2019

      Pat, I only tested it in a pressure cooker but I’m sure you can make it on the stovetop following by making the black bean balls and setting them aside. Make the soup on your stove top and cook for at least 20 minutes. Serve the soup and then add the black bean balls.

    • Sandy
      January 30, 2019

      Then use a regular pot and cook until the consistency is correct. Think! This was a totally irrelevant question.

      • Karen
        April 29, 2019

        Well that was cruel.