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Mexican Albondigas Soup

3 onions, finely diced
3 Tablespoons bacon grease
2 16-ounce cans of tomatoes
1/4 cup roasted green chile peppers (or one 4-ounce can of chopped green chiles)
3 quarts weak beef stock (if you're making a meal, reduce the amount to 2 quarts)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
handful of cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 corn tortillas, sliced into tiny, short slivers
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Garnish: strips of warmed flour tortillas and a slice of lime
In a large soup pot, saute the onions in bacon grease. Cut the tomatoes into the pot, reserving their juice, and cook down for 10-15 minutes. Add the reserved tomato juice, stock, green chiles, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and cilantro. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the soup is simmering, make the albondigas: mix the ground beef, egg, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, salt, and pepper. Shape into tiny (marble sized) balls.

When ready to serve, carefully drop the albondigas into the simmering soup. When they float, turn the heat off, cover the pot, and hold for 10 minutes (unless you like your garlic really strong--in which case, serve immediately!).

If you are serving a meal, put a big spoonful of Spanish rice in each bowl first. Otherwise, ladle the soup into bowls, garnishing with fine strips of warmed flour tortillas topped by a fresh cut lime round.

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