heat in a heavy large pot over medium high heat. add 1 3/4 onions, 2 garlic cloves, bay leaves; saute' 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes with juices, salsa and cilantro; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
meanwhile combine ground beef, sausage, cornmeal, milk, egg, seasonings - then remaining 1 onions, cloves, and 1/4 cup cilantro. Mix well and shape into balls. Add rice and balls to soup - stir occasionally. Reduece heat and cover and simmer until meat and rice are tender. Season to taste.
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