Navajo Fry Bread


Tender and fluffy Navajo fry bread! As far as I know, this is the original recipe for Navajo bread. It tastes great with honey and butter. The Navajo put chiles, cheese, onion, lettuce, and beans on them, and call them Nava tacos.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
18 rounds


  • 2 cups oil for frying

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 ½ cups warm milk


  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; mix in milk to form a soft dough. Divide dough into eighteen 2-inch diameter balls; flatten or roll each ball into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.

  3. Lower dough rounds, about 3 or 4 at a time, carefully into hot oil. Fry until rounds have bubbles on the surface and are golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining dough.


Make a small hole in the center of each round to help keep them flat while frying.

Editor's Note

The salt amount has been reduced based on review feedback. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
25g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 831mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 137mg 11%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 81mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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