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Homemade Navajo Taco (Indian Fry Bread) Recipe

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Indulge in the crispy delight of Homemade Navajo Taco (Indian Fry Bread) Recipe. With a simple recipe of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and hot water, create dough that transforms into golden, puffy circles of perfection. Fry to a crisp, then load with savory taco meat, beans, and your favorite toppings. 

homemade Navajo taco fry bread recipe on a serving plate topped with ground beef, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado.

Have you ever had Navajo taco fry bread? If not, you’re in for a real treat! If you have had it and are looking for the perfect way to make it at home, you’re in the right place! Navajo taco Indian fry bread is essentially a fried bread that is used for tacos, and it is absolutely delicious! Think of it as a tostada, but better. This fried bread is super simple to make and only uses 4 ingredients! If you’re looking for a way to switch up your taco night, or to avoid using store bought tortillas, then this Indian fry bread recipe is just what you need. This crunchy, tasty fry bread will be a new family favorite.

Making this Homemade Navajo Taco Fry Bread is so simple and can be done in almost no time at all! Start by mixing your flour, baking powder, and salt together. Next, you will add in hot water and mix the dough with your hands. It should be pretty sticky! Once it’s mixed together, cover the dough and let it sit for around 10 minutes. While it’s resting, you can go ahead and start heating the oil in your pan. To start frying your dough, you’re going to want to divide it into golf size portions. Once you’ve divided the dough, roll each piece out on a floured surface and get it nice and flat. As soon as your dough is ready, drop them one at a time into the oil and fry the dough until it puffs up and is golden brown on one side. Flip the dough and let it fry on the other side, as well. This should only take about 20 seconds on each side (told you it was quick!). That’s all that there is to it! You can top your Navajo Taco Fry Bread with any of your favorite toppings and it is ready to enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe Navajo Taco (Indian Fry Bread)

  • This Indian Fry Bread is a fun, tasty alternative to traditional tortillas. 
  • This is an easy recipe to make at home and is a great alternative to store-bought tortillas.
  • This Navajo Taco Fry Bread is simple to make and you already have all of the ingredients that you need in your pantry.
  • This bread is crunchy, tasty, and the perfect base for your favorite taco toppings.
  • Even your picky eaters will enjoy this Navajo Taco Indian Fry Bread.

Ingredients For Navajo Taco Fry Bread

Extra Toppings if Desired:

Chili Beans, Taco Meat, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado

How to Make Navajo Taco Fry Bread

Step 1: Add flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add hot water and mix with your hands until a dough forms (dough should be a little sticky). Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2: While the dough is resting, Fill a medium saucepan with 1–2 inches of oil and heat over medium-high heat to about 350°F.

Step 3: Break off golf ball–sized pieces of dough and roll into balls about 1½ inches wide.

Step 4: Using a pastry roller and working on a lightly floured surface, roll each dough ball into a thin circle 6–7 inches in diameter.

Step 5: Working in batches, fry each dough piece in hot oil until the dough is golden and puffs up, about 20 seconds, then flip and fry on the other side for 10–20 seconds more. Set on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Keep the fried bread warm in the oven while frying the remaining pieces.

Step 6: Spread beans and taco meat over fry bread, top with any other desired toppings, and serve warm.

Homemade Indian fry bread stacked on a serving plate with cilantro, tomato, and avocado in the background

What to Serve/Pair with Navajo Taco Fry Bread

Homemade Navajo Taco Fry Bread goes perfectly with any of your favorite taco toppings! I even love topping them with chili instead of traditional taco meat to switch it up a little bit. If you want to serve a couple of sides with this fry bread, try this Authentic Mexican Rice. This Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso also pairs perfectly with this Navajo Taco Indian Fry Bread.

Popular Substitutions & Additions 

While the recipe calls for vegetable oil, I have also used olive oil to fry this bread. It adds delicious flavor to the bread, you just want to make sure that you watch the temperature. Olive oil can get hot fairly quickly, and you don’t want to burn the bread.

Storage & Leftovers

Indian fry bread is going to taste the best when it is fresh out of the oil. Once it has been cooked for a while, it loses its crunch. While you won’t want to keep this bread left over, there is still some good news! Because this bread is so easy to make, when you want to enjoy it again, you can quickly whip up a new batch! 

Indian Fry Bread Recipe FAQs

How will I know that the bread isn’t doughy on the inside?

When the dough has puffed up on both sides and is golden brown on the outside, it will be done on the inside, as well.

Can I freeze the dough?

Yes! You can definitely freeze the dough for this bread. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and put it into an air-tight container. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before you are ready to use.

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homemade Navajo taco fry bread recipe on a serving plate topped with ground beef, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado.

Homemade Navajo Taco (Indian Fry Bread) Recipe

April King
Indulge in the crispy delight of Homemade Navajo Taco (Indian Fry Bread) Recipe. With a simple recipe of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and hot water, create dough that transforms into golden, puffy circles of perfection. Fry to a crisp, then load with savory taco meat, beans, and your favorite toppings. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Toppings: chili beans, taco meat, lettuce, tomato, avocado, olives

Instructions
 

  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add hot water and mix with your hands until a dough forms (dough should be a little sticky). Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, fill a medium skillet with 1-2 inches of oil and heat over medium high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.
  • Break off golf ball size pieces of dough and roll into a ball.
  • Using a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • Working in batches, fry each dough piece in hot oil until the dough is golden and puffs up, about 20 seconds, then flip and fry on the other side for 10–20 seconds more. Set on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Keep the fried bread warm in the oven while frying the remaining pieces.
  • Spread beans and taco meat over fry bread, top with any other desired toppings, and serve warm.
Keyword Navajo Taco Fry Bread
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