I looked at a lot of recipes for Taco Soup but they all called for lots of beans and a can of corn. I wanted something that actually tasted like tacos and I don’t know about you but corn is never an ingredient in my tacos. I called this Liquid Tacos because it sounds sexy and this is closer to a chili than a soup.
To start I made a cheese sauce. You could use a can of cheese soup here but why would you this is easy. I am not able to make anything in small batches so you will have half of this cheese sauce leftover it keeps in the fridge just fine. Use it to top nachos or pour it over elbow macaroni and you will never want to buy another box of powdered junk again! You will need:
¼ cup butter blend or margarine
¼ cup flour
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup milk (at room temperature)
Place the butter into a saucepan over medium low heat and let melt. Once the butter is melted whisk in the flour and let cook for 1 minute. Begin whisking in the milk ¼ cup at a time making sure that you have no lumps. Once all the milk has been whisked in and you are sure you have no lumps then add the cheese and stir until melted in. Remove your cheese sauce from the heat and let sit while you make the taco portion of the dish. I used some of my own pinto beans but canned is fine too just rinse them. You will need:
1 pound of ground turkey or beef
1 cup pinto beans
1 cup of chicken stock
3 cups of water
2 handfuls of tortilla chips crushed (trust me on this one)
1 tablespoon of oil
If you want to you can use a taco seasoning mix or season yourself. I like to season myself to control the amount of salt. Those premade mixes are really high in sodium. If seasoning yourself use:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt.
Brown the meat in the oil along with the seasonings. Once it is browned add the beans, stock, and water. Let simmer over medium low heat for 15 minutes then add half of your cheese sauce and the chips. The chips are here to help thicken the soup and will completely cook out so don’t worry. Allow the soup to simmer for about 40 minutes. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, chips, and salsa or whatever you like on your tacos. The lettuce is really essential though as it really does make it taste like tacos. Hope you enjoy it!