Fry bread dough can be made into a sweet dessert or a savory compliment which makes them perfect for these fry bread Navajo tacos.
I was first introduced to this wonderful fried bread during a diversity week activity that included multiple cultural recipes that we all got to try. I’ve been hooked ever since. And every single time that I’ve made these for friends, they’ve become addict too.
Making fry bread
So, simply fry bread (or frybread) is exactly what it sounds like. Bread dough fried in fat. Flour, salt, baking powder, oil, and milk. (The original recipe I was given way-back-when was made with water but I have since changed it to milk based on other recipes I’d come across.) It’s mixed together into a sticky dough then rolled into little discs before being fried in hot oil.
Fry bread Navajo tacos
Once out of the oil they can be eaten just as they are. We have made them sweet with a glaze made of powdered sugar and milk and with cinnamon sugar dusting. But the best way to eat these, in my most humble opinion, is as a taco. Yes. Yes. Yum, yes.
We spice up ground beef with salt, onions, cumin, and chili powder. Then we top a fry bread with lettuce, beef, cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes. I’m getting happy (and hungry) just thinking about it! Soooo good!
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- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 c white onion diced
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 c all purpose flour more for rolling as needed
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder optional
- 1 c milk
- oil for frying
- sour cream
- In a large bowl blend 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt and chili powder. Add oil and milk and mix until a soft sticky dough is formed.
- Pour dough on to floured surface and cover with remaining 1-2 cup flour and knead into a ball. Pull palm sized amounts of dough and roll with hands to form balls. Use a rolling pin to flatten and shape dough balls into disks.
- Heat cooking oil (enough to fry; about 2-3 cups) in a cast iron skillet to 375. Fry 1-2 breads until golden on each side. About 1 1/2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and keep warm until ready to serve.
- In a separate skillet over medium heat, add oil and ground beef. Season with suggested seasonings and spices and allow to brown for 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until the beef is crispy. Drain any excess fat before serving.
- To serve, add 2-3 tbsp of beef to a frybread along with preferred toppings.