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This hearty recipe was handed down from my mother, with a few modifications. Enjoy!


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
8 hrs 30 mins
11 hrs
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Chili Beans:
Fry Bread:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place pinto beans in a bowl and cover with room-temperature water. Let soak, about 8 hours. Drain.

  • Transfer drained beans to a large pot; pour in 6 cups water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if the level gets below 1 inch, until beans are tender, about 1 hour.

  • Stir thawed chili, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper into the pot. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft, about 1 hour more.

  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Pour in hot water gradually, 1/2 cup at a time, and knead until dough is soft but not sticky. Let dough rest, covered, about 30 minutes.

  • Pinch off a piece of dough the size of a tennis ball; flatten out into a round on a floured surface. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Melt lard in a large saucepan or deep-fryer over high heat. Gently lower dough into hot lard and fry, rotating with a fork, until evenly browned, 15 to 20 seconds. Flip dough and fry until second side is golden brown, 15 to 20 seconds more. Drain fry bread on paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Place 1 fry bread on a plate. Cover with chili beans and top with Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce.

Cook's Note:

For cheese lovers, add cheese before and after you add chili beans.

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

856 calories; protein 44.6g; carbohydrates 97.2g; fat 33g; cholesterol 93.5mg; sodium 2554mg. Full Nutrition