Navajo Tacos


A traditional Indian fry bread topped with a chili-style meat and bean mixture and taco-type toppings like shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, and sour cream. A family favorite. Serve the leftovers as dessert with honey, butter, or sugar and cinnamon.

close up view of of Navajo Tacos garnished with tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and cheese
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
19 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
49 mins
6 tacos


Fry Bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup warm water

Chili Mixture:

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning (such as McCormick®)

  • vegetable oil (such as Crisco®) for frying


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Pour in water; stir dough until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest, about 15 minutes.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain off grease. Stir in pinto beans, diced tomatoes with their juices, and chili seasoning until well-blended. Simmer until chili flavors combine, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Grease your hands lightly with oil and pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a baseball. Press it with your palms into a round about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Repeat with remaining dough.

  4. Heat oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches in a deep fryer or large saucepan. Fry dough rounds in batches until well-browned, puffy, and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Divide fry bread among serving plates while still hot. Spoon chili mixture on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
18g Fat
45g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 1127mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 403mg 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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