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When my grandfather was a child he lived in a small house that his father built. The house consisted of two rooms and no central heating. In the wintertime, it was my grandfather's chore to fill the wood stove with kindling and clean out its ashes. At night they would take the hot coals from the wood stove and use them to heat their bedroom and clothes. Still, during the night the coals would burn out and the house would get COLD. Dressing in layers and wearing a hat to bed helped but the bitter air has its way of sneaking in. Luckily, during the day eating warm and spicy foods like soups, stews, and anything with a kick helped keep you toasty.
To warm us up this holiday season I decided to make a Matzo Ball Soup but with a latina twist. A Mexican Matzo Ball Soup, if you will. Let me tell you it's delicious! To give it that Mexican kick I was going for I used La Morena® Whole Jalapeños that I picked up from my favorite Hispanic supermarket, La Michoacana Meat Market. It's my go-to store for tamales and barbacoa.
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These La Morena® peppers are tasty, high-quality ingredients that brought this soup from drab to fab. They gave this Mexican Matzo Ball Soup just the right amount of heat without setting your head on fire. It's fabulous! And super easy to make too!!
Mexican Matzo Ball Soup
- 3 oz matzo ball mix
- 1.5 tbsp parsley
- pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
- 1.5 tbsp sparkling water
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 whole jalapenos de-stemmed and de-seeded; finely chopped
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- In a small bowl, combine parsley, nutmeg, salt, and matzo ball mix. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and oils. Fold egg mixture into dry matzo ball mixture with a rubber spatula. Add in sparkling water and mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Shape the matzo ball dough into 1 inch balls.
- In a large pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, and jalapenos for about 4 minutes or until soft. Add in mushrooms and salt; cover and let the mixture sweat for about 8 minutes.
- Add in chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Gently drop in matzo balls and reduce heat to a low simmer and cover pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!
You may be wondering why I chose to add this particular twist to my recipe box. Well, my grandfather was telling me about how there's a link between Hispanics in Texas to Sephardic Jews. Marranos (the real Sephardic Jews) settled in places like New Mexico, Denver, and Monterey Texas. While his research into his bloodline suggests he may have a Jewish connection, my grandmother's last name alone raises some eyebrows. His mother's last name was Farias which is a Portuguese surname and likely Jewish. In 1492, about 120,000 Jews left Spain to go to Portugal and would of likely have been of Jewish ancestry.
On the other hand, my grandmother's parents were from Monterey Texas. The mecca of Sephardic Jews. Just having the last name Solomon is almost enough for us to believe she had a connection. Unfortunately, his research into her bloodline ended at church fire where all those nice Spanish documents got destroyed.
Whether I am related to Sephardic Jews or not remains a mystery unless you consider how my grandmother's family was always referring to each other as codo (tightwad) as proof enough. Jews have an old stereotype of being stingy with money. Or how my grandfather and grandmother were pretty fair skinned for Mexicans. Maybe descendants from gachupines (Spanish-born)? Who knows.
Either way, this Mexican Matzo Ball Soup hits the spot and makes you feel all warm and tingly thanks to La Morena®. It's a delicious meal that's sure to bring your friends and family together this holiday season.
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I have never had this but I can’t wait to try it!
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It’s always great to try something new
Didn’t know mexican cuisine uses matzo, had a friend when I was little who likes it
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Traditionally, Mexican cuisine doesn’t use this but it’s a twist 🙂
I’m Jewish, so matzo ball soup is like a staple in my home. I always have a box of matzo ball soup mix on hand. I could really use a good soup right now, as I am sick. I am so excited for this recipe, because I have never had a “Mexican twist” on matzo ball soup. I have only eaten traditional matzo ball soup for years. I am excited to try this!
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I’m sorry you are sick! I’ve been sick way too much lately and my son currently has a fever. I hope this soup does the trick and you start feeling better soon!!
This sounds so good. We are having a Mexican feast for our Christmas at our house. Can’t wait!
That sounds like such a fun way to do a Christmas meal! Enjoy!
Yumm I love matzo ball soup!! This is such a great twist on a traditional meal because sometimes I feel like the soup needs a bit more flavor!
I agree with you! I hate when soup is flavorless.
I love this twist on Matzo ball soup! I tried it for the first time in NYC and wasn’t very excited by it but, being from Texas, I think Mexican flavors will make it wonderful.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the twist! It turned out even better than I thought it was going to. I really like how much flavor it added.
I’ve never heard of the brand nor the recipe but it seems like something I can try. It looks delicious.
The recipe is my own idea but unless you eat Mexican food, the brand may be foreign to you. You should try it, I think you’ll like it!
I have never had this before but have seen Matzo ball in person and these looked like they came out great! Nice photos and recipe. -Breyona Sharpnack
I’m glad you like how it turned out! They’re easy to make!
Oh I love a little spice in my soup. I’d like to try this one out.
I looove spicy anything which is why I wanted to make this spicy.
This looks amazing! I have never tried to make this particular kind of soup before but I need to give it a try.
Yes, give it a try and then come back and let us know what you think!
Vaishnavi @ Dentmaker
Never tried it before. Look so yumm. Love the recipe. Pinning it to try later this week. Love that I’m seeing this just in time for the holidays!!
I’m glad I could help with some holiday recipe plans! Let me know what you think!
I have never had Matzo Ball soup but I’m obsessed with Mexican food and this looks incredible!
If you love Mexican food, you definitely will love this. Glad you like it!
You had me at jalapeños, this soup looks so delicious. I would love to try this!
The great part about this is that the jalapenos are cooked down a bit so they aren’t near as spicy as eating them fresh. Let me know if you try it!
I love soup, but I’ve never tried Matzo balls. I’ll definitely be looking out for this though. Honestly I’d never even tried mexican food till I moved to the USA 15 years ago. Love it now though, making up for lost time 😀
Girl, you’ve got to try matzo balls! You would love them, I’m sure!
This sounds like such a great twist on the classic matzo ball soup! I’d love to try this, pinning for later 🙂
I’m glad I could provide you with a new fun recipe! Let me know what you think!
Oh yum! This sounds delicious. I love soup this time of year, so easy and delicious. I will have to try this!
We love soup this time of the year as well! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
This looks so homely and yummy! I never really eat Mexican food because it isn’t popular in the UK but I love anything with jalapeños in haha x
I couldn’t imagine life without Mexican food! I truly thing you will love this even if you’re not quite used to Mexican food!
YUM! This sounds amazing. I might just have to try something new for the holidays! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂
Let me know when you try it! I’m so glad you like it!
Oh yum! This looks delicious! I would love to try this out! My husband is East Indian so i’ve been introduced to a whole new world of cuisine and love it! I’m always up for trying new dishes!
That’s amazing that you’ve opened up to trying new dishes! I think you would love this if you’re into Indian food!
What a really unique twist on this type of soup recipe! I am intrigued by the flavors, so might need to try this out soon!
The flavor mixture was odd to me too. I’m glad I went for it! Let me know if and when you try it!
This looks delicious! I love soup and I love meatball soup. I will have to try to make these at home.
These are actually matzo balls! Let me know if you try it, it’s very different than meatball soup!
My brother-in-law loves this soup and would think he had died and gone to heaven if I made it for him!!
Please let us know if you DO make it for him! We would love to hear some feedback!
What an awesome twist on a classic soup! I would never have thought to put a Mexican twist on Matzo Ball Soup – yum!
It sounded odd to me at first too but I think you would love it even if you’re used to the traditional 🙂
I grew up eating traditional matzo ball soup! So this is a big twist, but wow what a lot of flavor this must add!!!
I was the same way. This definitely perks it up a bit and I think you will enjoy it!
Kecia | Online Income Mom
This sounds like a great way to warm up! I have never had a Mexican soup but I would give this a try.
Oh goodness, you’re missing out! I hope you will try one soon and then let us know what you thought!
I have been all about soup this winter! this sounds yummy! I love spice and I have never had this soup before! I grew up on a farm with a wood burning stove as the only source of heating, there was many cold winter nights for many years!
I can imagine how cold that must have been! Those stoves seem to only heat a small portion of the home.
What a fun twist on traditional Matzo ball soup! I love that soup as it is, but your recipe seems to take it to a whole new level of awesome!
I’m glad you like the twist I put on it! We thoroughly enjoyed it!
What a great idea to add some spice to a traditional matzo ball soup. Happy holidays! ~ client
It turned out even better than I imagined. Glad you liked the idea!