Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos) (2024)

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Easy Navajo Fry Bread Recipe– This bubbly bread makes a marvelous sweet or savory snack! Or to make the ultimateIndian Tacos!

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Why We Love This Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

It starts in the summer and goes through the fall. At every festival, fair, and carnival you will find bubbly golden delicious fried dough topped with all sorts of mouthwatering toppings. (At least where I grew up in Oklahoma.)

And long lines of patrons eagerly await their turn to get their hands and mouths on it. You can almost taste it. But who wants to wait in long lines at the fair? You can make your own Easy Navajo Fry Bread Recipe at home.

All you really need is a few ingredients and something to fry it in.

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What Ingredients You Need

For the Navajo Bread Recipe:

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Hot Milk
  • Hot Water
  • Oil for frying

For the Navajo Tacos:

  • Ground Beef
  • Chopped Onions
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Drained Red Kidney Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Chopped Green Chiles
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Simple Dough Recipe for Indian Fry Bread

Easy Navajo Fry Bread is made from a very simple dough. I’ll bet you already have everything you need to make it.

No need to worry about the frying either. No deep fryer or gallons of oil is necessary for this recipe. You can make Easy Indian Fry Bread in a skillet with only an inch of oil, or less.

  1. Mixtogether the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Heatthe milk and water together. Then slowly add the hot liquid mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time while mixing with your fingers until it forms a ball that pulls away from the side of the bowl. If needed, add more flour to the dough if it is still too sticky.
  3. Coverthe dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Thenheat your oilto 375 degrees F.
  5. Meanwhile,cut the doughinto 10 equal balls. Then flatten them and slowly pull the edges (or roll out the dough) until it becomes a 6 to 7-inch disk (the thinner the better). Make sure to make all 10 disks so they can rest before frying.
  6. Make atiny holein the middle of each disk, so the dough doesn’t balloon up as it fries. Lay them out in a single layer so they don’t stick together.
  7. Gently lay one dough disk in the hot oil pressing down with tongs so the oil goes over the top of the dough.Fryuntil golden brown around the edges, then turn over and cook until the color matches, usually 20-30 seconds per side. Drain on paper towels.

This brings back memories of mom experimenting with canned biscuits and a fry daddy, all the kids waiting to burn their mouths on the sizzling confections… Although frybread made from scratch is SO much better in taste and texture than fried canned biscuits.

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Versatile Indian Fry Bread

Navajo Fry Bread is extremely versatile. In New Mexico and Arizona, it is often made for any meal from breakfast to dinner, snacks, and desserts.

Top it with cinnamon sugar, honey, butter, fruit, eggs, cheese, and more. Our Navajo Fry Bread is so simple and inexpensive to make you will want to try it with many different toppings!

For variety, use it in place of bread or tortillas. You can also try making it gluten-free or whole grain.

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Indian Tacos for the Win!

But best of all, use this fry bread to make traditional southwest Navajo Tacos at home.

  1. Make a quick chunky ground beef taco meat, with beans and green chiles.
  2. Then spoon it over the Indian fry bread and top with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, sliced black olives, and sour cream.

If you are really short on time you can make easy Navajo Fry Bread with pre-made dough, such as frozen rolls or pizza dough. Follow the thawing directions on the package.

Yet homemade dough tastes the best!

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Optional Navajo Tacos Toppings

There are many ingredient options that you can top your tacos with, just like they do in southwest taco shops…

  • shredded lettuce
  • pico de gallo
  • diced red onion
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced black olives
  • chopped cilantro
  • avocado slices
  • sour cream
  • queso fresco
  • hot queso dip
  • lime wedges
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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do These Tacos Last?

Naturally, they are the best right after they are made, but Navajo bread can be stored for a day or two at room temperature. After they are fried, they start losing their structural quality pretty quickly, so you may need to reheat them in the oven.

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

You can freeze the dough for this recipe, but it takes a little extra work to do so. Lay the separated dough balls on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper, about 2 inches apart. Place the sheet pan in the freezer for as long as it takes for the exterior of the dough to freeze solid. Then take them out and wrap them separately with plastic wrap and store them in a heavy-duty freezer bag.

When you are ready to use the dough, switch the dough balls to the fridge the night before and unwrap them while they are still cold. Before frying, allow them to become room temperature then roll them out or pull them into the disk shape. Then continue with the recipe as written.

Can I Use An Airfryer?

Yes, you can. Spray the air fryer with nonstick cooking spray and cook one at a time in an air fryer at 375 to 400 degrees F for just a couple of minutes each.

How Do I Make Them The Sweet Cinnamon Way?

This easy homemade fry bread can be made sweet or savory! Enjoy the fry bread as-is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Then sprinkle it over the hot fried bread!

What Kind Of Oil Can I Use?

As for the oil, peanut, or vegetable oil works great but shortening, lard, or other types of oil may be used as well. Make sure you use an oil that is good for high-heat cooking.

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Other Great Indian Recipes

  • Kulfi Indian Ice Cream Recipe
  • Indian Grilled Chicken Recipe
  • Indian Summer co*cktail Recipe
  • Aromatic Indian Rice Recipe
  • Roasted Indian Fish and Creamy Curried Cauliflower
  • Best Simple Roti Recipe (Chapati)
  • Easy Chicken Pakora Recipe
  • Vegetable Pakora Recipe with Kale

Check the printable recipe card below for the nutrition facts including calories, protein, carbohydrates, and sodium percentages.

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Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos) + VIDEO

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Easy Navajo Fry Bread Recipe and Tacos – Bubbly flatbreads you can enjoy as-is, use is tacos and wraps, or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for easy desserts!

Servings: 10 pieces

Ingredients

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For the Navajo Fry Bread Recipe:

For the Navajo Tacos:

Optional Taco Toppings:

  • shredded lettuce
  • pico de gallo
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced black olives
  • chopped cilantro
  • avocado slices
  • sour cream
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  • For the Navajo Fry Bread: Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat the milk and water together. once hot, slowly add in the hot liquid a little at a time, mixing with fingers until it forms a ball that pulls away from sides of the bowl.

  • Add more flour or water as needed to form a dough that is not too sticky. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Pour 1 inch of oil in a large skillet. Set a thermometer on the edge of the skillet and heat to 375 degrees F.

  • Meanwhile, cut the dough into 10 equal pieces. Flatten the balls and gentle stretch out the edges while turning to form a 6-7 inch disks. The thinner the better. (You could also roll them out on a lightly floured board, but pulling the dough is more fun.) Roll them out all at once, so they have a little time to rest before they go in the fry. Restretch them right before placing in the oil if needed.

  • Make a tiny hole in the middle of each disk, so the dough doesn't balloon up as it fries. Lay them out in a single layer so they don't stick together.

  • Gently lay one dough disk in the hot oil pressing down with tongs so the oil goes over the top of the dough. Fry until golden brown around edges, then turn over and cook until the color matches, usually 20-30 seconds per side. Place on paper towels to drain. Repeat until all the dough disks are cooked. *For lighter more flexible fry bread fry quickly, but if you want them crunchy, fry a little longer per side to golden-brown.

  • For the Navajo Tacos: Set a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Break the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Once it starts releasing its fat, add in the chopped onions, garlic, and all pieces. Continue cooking the meat until it is well browned. Then mix in the kidney beans, toamtoes, and green chiles. Simmer another 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat.

  • Once the Indian Fry Bread and Taco Meat are ready, start building tacos. Scoop the taco meat onto the fry bread. Then top with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and any other topping you like. Serve warm.

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Notes

Cinnamon Navajo Fry Bread

Enjoy the fry bread as-is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Then sprinkle it over the hot fry bread!

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco, Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 561mg, Potassium: 579mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 303IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 115mg, Iron: 4mg

Course: Appetizer, Dessert

Cuisine: Native American

Author: Sommer Collier

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