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Indian Fry Bread (Navajo Tacos)

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Best fry bread ever! Can be used as the base for Navajo Tacos, which are layered like tacos: fry bread, cheese, taco meat, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. My kids also like it with honey or cinnamon and sugar."
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27 m servings 837
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 fry breads)


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  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Pour in milk; mix thoroughly. Pour in warm water gradually, kneading dough until soft but not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest, about 15 minutes.
  2. Pinch off egg-shaped balls of dough and place on a flat work surface. Roll out into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Make a small hole in the center of each round.
  3. Melt shortening in a deep fryer or large saucepan. Working in batches, fry dough rounds in hot shortening until bubbly and golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Fry them in lard instead of shortening if desired.
  • 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: 837 calories; 69.1 48.6 6.8 < 1 369 Full nutrition

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FABULOUS! Nice and fluffy, excellent flavor, easy technique. But the 1-1/2 cups water was too much! I was mixing it with my 5yo and ended up with about 1-1/4 cups water added when I realized ...

I made this with less than a cup of water. The rest time was about 20 minutes. Cooking the fry bread to a light brown gave me a tender product. It was great!

This is a generous three stars because the ingredient ratios are off. The water was too much! I ended up having to add more flour and extra baking soda to adjust for the liquid. That said, it wa...

Yummy! Served this with cinnamon sugar after brushing with butter, better than some of the elephant ear recipes I've tried.