Indian Tacos with Yeast Fry Bread

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My cousins grew up on a reservation in South Dakota, and this is how we always made our fry bread (with yeast).

close up view of a Indian Taco with Yeast Fry Bread on a white plate
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Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 large onion, minced

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch chili powder, or to taste

  • ½ pound Cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cored and shredded

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion, or as desired

  • 1 cup finely chopped mild green chiles, or as desired

Directions

  1. Mix yeast, sugar, and 1/4 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl and set aside until the yeast mixture forms a creamy foam layer on top, about 5 minutes. Whisk flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into yeast mixture by thirds, alternating with 1 cup warm water in thirds, and beat to make a firm dough.

  2. Cut the dough into 6 pieces and roll each piece into a ball on a floured work surface. Roll out the dough balls into flat round tortillas.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Gently place tortillas, one at a time, into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

  5. Cook and stir ground beef with 1 large minced onion in a skillet over medium heat until the meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease and stir in diced tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, black pepper, and chili powder. Bring the chili to a boil and reduce heat to low; simmer until thickened, 30 to 40 minutes.

  6. Place a piece of fry bread onto a plate and ladle a generous portion of chili onto the bread. Transfer Cheddar cheese, lettuce, 1 cup finely chopped onion, and mild green chilies into separate bowls and top each portion with about 1 tablespoon of Cheddar cheese and desired amounts of lettuce, onion, and chilies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
28g Fat
38g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 807mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 46mg 229%
Calcium 265mg 20%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 670mg 14%

* 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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