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.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
19 mins
15 mins
49 mins
6 tacos


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


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 21g 42% DV; carbohydrates 44.7g 14% DV; fat 17.7g 27% DV; cholesterol 47.3mg 16% DV; sodium 1127.1mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
i love it but dont ever call Navajo Tacos ....Fry BrEaD TaCos ever again!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
i love it but dont ever call Navajo Tacos ....Fry BrEaD TaCos ever again!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was soooo good and soo easy ! I will definitely make this for my family again ! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I love navajo tacos and I'm always looking for the perfect recipe! I liked this one a lot! The dough was nicely stretchy and fried very well. The end result was a little tough -- we couldn't easily cut into it with a knife...not a problem for the kids as they just picked it up with their hands:) I think though that the ratio of flour to baking powder to water may be off. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I googled red wine to tacos and then read an article on a Swedish site about tacos (www.vinomondo.se). After having procured that specific wine I felt that I needed a great recipe for Indian tacos and then stumbled upon this one. It was really great and the bread gave the whole experience some extra zest as the kids loved the new type of tacos and I really enjoyed hove well the wine tasted with the fried bread tacos. I will be making this time and time again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super easy. Great results. We loved it. Load it up and enjoy. Read More