Tortilla Ball Soup (Sopa de Bolitas de Tortilla)

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| Servings: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup sour cream thinned with 1 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

Tomato Chicken Broth

  • 4 roma tomatoes, broiled or grilled until soft with brown spots
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • 1 glove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6 cups chicken broth


  • 12 stale corn tortillas dried on a rack overnight
  • ½ cup hot whole milk
  • ½ cup finely grated cotija cheese
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup cold whole milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  1. TOMATO CHICKEN BROTH In a blender, puree the tomatoes, onion and garlic to a smooth sauce. Place the oil in a large saucepan and add the tomato mixture. Cook about five minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes and adjust the seasonings.
  3. DUMPLINGS AND ASSEMBLY Break the tortillas into small pieces and grind to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add hot milk, cheese, egg and salt and knead so mixture forms a ball. Set aside for several hours or refrigerate overnight.
  4. Knead the dough, adding the cold milk. Form the dough into one long piece and divide it into 24 balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the balls in batches very gently, turning them from time to time until golden.
  6. Reheat the broth, add the tortilla balls and bring the broth to a boil and reduce heat. Ladle into bowls allowing 4-6 balls per bowl and top with sour cream and chopped cilantro.


  1. Source: This is a recipe from Diana Kennedy’s The Essential Cuisines of México.