Favorite Fry Bread Tacos


These fry bread tacos are a favorite at aboriginal pow wows all summer long.

close up view of Fry Bread Tacos garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 tacos


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water

  • 2 cups oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; stir in water until a slightly sticky dough forms. Set aside to rest while oil preheats.

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

  3. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Flatten each portion into a round disc the size of your palm.

  4. Fry dough discs, one at a time, in hot oil until bottoms are browned, about 2 minutes; flip with tongs and cook until browned on the other side, about 1 minute more. Drain fry bread on a paper towel-lined plate.

  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in kidney beans and chili seasoning; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  6. Place each fry bread on a plate; top each with a portion of chili mixture, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.


Lukewarm milk can be substituted for lukewarm water.

Dip bread dough into a bowl of flour if it is too sticky to work with.

For easier eating, especially at picnics, cut cooked fry bread into crouton-sized pieces; divide onto individual plates before adding remaining ingredients on top.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

696 Calories
41g Fat
51g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 696
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1371mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 452mg 35%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 417mg 9%

* 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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