Easy Navajo Tacos Recipe

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Several years ago, a few Native American women from the Pima Indian tribe taught the ladies in our church how to make delicious Indian Fry Bread. (Have you ever tried this stuff? It is AMAZING!) If I could guarantee yummy results every time I made it, I would make it every week. Problem is, I can’t bake to save my life and I hate investing time and ingredients to be disappointed. That’s when my dear friend introduced me to an EASY way to get the same flavors and the same results in no time at all and you cannot mess it up- for reals! You can top these babies with honey, jam or powdered sugar, OR you can use them in this EASY Navajo Tacos Recipe. Here is how:

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 HOW TO MAKE INDIAN FRY BREAD:

Ingredients

  • Rhodes Rolls
  • Vegetable Oil

(That’s it!)

Directions

  1. Heat a small pot of oil on the stove. You’ll want it to be about 3-4 inches deep- just enough oil in the bottom to completely cover the dough while frying it.
  2. Meanwhile, place 3-4 frozen bread rolls on a plate in the microwave and cook them for 30-45 seconds. You just want them to be soft enough to flatten out, but if you cook them any longer they will start to harden around the edges.
  3. Using your hands, flatten the soft dough into pancake-like saucers. (Get the kids to help you with this part, they will LOVE it!) 1 roll is perfect for a kid-sized portion, but if you have some hungry adults, combine 2-3 rolls of dough and flatten them together.
  4. Carefully place your flattened dough (1 at a time)  into the oil and watch it carefully as it begins to brown. If it gets too brown too quick, your oil is too hot. Use metal tongs to flip the dough as needed to ensure the entire piece is golden and cooked through.
  5. Remove the fry bread from the oil on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb left-over oil. Dab each piece with more paper towels as necessary.
  6. Repeat until you have enough fry bread to serve a crowd!
  7. Top it with your choice of toppings for a sweet dessert OR, make Navajo Tacos!

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HOW TO MAKE NAVAJO TACOS:

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 cans of your favorite beans (pinto, black, refried, white, ranch style etc.) *Rinse and drain pinto, black or white beans
  • Your favorite taco toppings- lettuce, tomato, sliced olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole etc.

Directions

  1. Brown your ground beef over the stove in a large saucepan. Drain and rinse, then return to pan.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of salsa and 2 cans of beans. Cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Top your delicious fry bread with the beef/bean mixture, then top with your favorite taco toppings.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I have never heard of fry bread, but this looks amazing!

  2. Michele says:

    I grew up in Southern Arizona and love love love Mexican food. We use a different base – made of masa flour and water and then fried – but the topping are generally the same – try adding a fried egg or two on top. So delicious and takes it to the next level!

    • Stephanie says:

      I was just at a Mexican restaurant on Saturday and they had the option of adding a fried egg to some of there dishes for an extra dollar or two and that sounded so weird to me. I think you’ve convinced me to try it next time! :)

  3. Deborah C. says:

    which variety of Rhodes rolls did you use? They have the regular ones & the quick-baking ones. Does it matter?

  4. I would wish for you to share the recipe the Pima ladies shared with your ladies group.

  5. HI, can these be drained on a wire rack rather than paper towels, so they don’t get soggy?

  6. I’m Navajo and this video is exactly the way we make our frybread. Very simple. Blue Bird is the best flour to use and I find it at Kroger stores. I add a tiny bit of salt to mine because I prefer savory over the sweetened versions. We don’t usually use measurements but estimate in handfuls lol. The dough should be very very soft. Don’t overwork the dough. Do it like she did in the beginning with your fingertips then add small amounts of the water to combine the little crumbles in the bottom of the bowl while you gently mix and knead. The girl in the video didn’t specify how long to let the dough rest but it is usually about 30 minutes. You’ll find other recipes online that use milk and other ingredients. This is the authentic way. Flatten gently like she did and then toss the dough back & forth between your hands and shape the edges like she does in the video. When you place into the oil make sure the dough is very thin. If it tears a little, just pinch it back together. Make sure the oil is hot or your frybread will be really soggy. Using paper towels is better because it also absorbs some of the surface oils. I also place a sheet in between each one. Good luck! This stuff is delicious!

  7. Oops forgot to link the video!
    http://youtu.be/rKYsCTbOzD8