Fry Bread Tacos II


A yummy twist to an old favorite. The fry bread makes the difference. It's a popular request at my house. I do up everything but the fry bread in advance, and just heat up before serving. You can also top with other of your favorite taco toppings, such as onion, sour cream, or guacamole. Leftover fry bread can be used as dessert - coat it with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzle with honey.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
22 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
47 mins
4 servings



  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans, with liquid

  • ½ cup picante sauce, divided

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

Fry Bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • oil for frying

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Combine beans and 2 tablespoons of picante sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine ground beef and taco seasoning mix in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Cover, and keep warm while you prepare the fry bread.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk and mix until the dough comes together. Add more flour if necessary to be able to handle the dough.

  4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, at least 5 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Break off 3/4 cup sized pieces of dough, and shape into round discs 1/4 inch in thickness, making a thinner depressed area in the center.

  5. Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a large, deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry dough in the hot oil until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Top fry bread with beans, ground beef, lettuce, and Cheddar cheese. Spoon picante sauce on top.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

808 Calories
37g Fat
77g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 808
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 2255mg 98%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 490mg 38%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 726mg 15%

* 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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