Serving Size:
3 meatballs + 3/4 cup liquid with 1/3 cup veggies

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Gluten-free
  • Higher Potassium


  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 48 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 ounces canned diced green chiles
  • 4 ounces unsalted tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne chili pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Finely chop 1/4th of the onion and set aside until ready to make the meatballs. Dice the remaining onion, carrot and zucchini into 3/4-inch dice pieces. Chop the cilantro.
  2. Pour broth into a pot and heat over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables, 1 teaspoon cumin, green chiles, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup cilantro, lime juice, paprika salt and cayenne pepper. Cover the pot and reduce to low heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1 teaspoon cumin and garlic. Add in ground beef, cooked rice and reserved finely chopped onion. Mix until combined.
  4. Form mixture into meatballs about 1-1/2-inch diameter to make 18 meatballs. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until browned and cooked through. Cool meatballs for 5 minutes.
  5. Add meatballs and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro to the soup and simmer for 10 minutes before serving.

Helpful hints

  • Meatballs can be cooked in the broth instead of baked if desired, but will make the broth cloudy. Add uncooked meatballs to hot broth, cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • Serve soup with corn tortillas if desired.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 218

Protein 21 g

Carbohydrates 11 g

Fat 10 g

Cholesterol 75 mg

Sodium 373 mg

Potassium 546 mg

Phosphorus 206 mg

Calcium 47 mg

Fiber 2.0 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Download Free Kidney-Friendly Cookbooks

Get instant access to recipes and kidney diet tips from DaVita dietitians.


900,000+ Downloads So Far!

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

Farrow and apple salad in a white bowl


Access free kidney-friendly cookbooks from DaVita dietitians.

900,000+ Enjoyed So Far!

Smiling couple sitting in a cafe drinking coffee together

Eating Out

See kidney-friendly food and drink choices to consider when eating out at your favorite restaurants. Choose from 12 cuisine types.

Write a Comment

Tell Us What You Think

Note: Your username will be displayed for reviews.

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.