Delicious Homemade Fry Bread – aka “Navajo Tacos” or “Indian Bread” – one of the best recipes you’ll ever try! Pillows of dough fried until it’s a little crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Make it sweet or savory!
What is Indian Fry Bread/Navajo fry bread?
Have you ever had Indian Fry Bread before? It’s also known as a “Navajo Taco,” but we typically just call it “Fry Bread.” If you haven’t had these before, I highly recommend giving them a try. They are amazing!! The recipe I’m sharing today is one we’ve used since I can remember. My mom has been making them ever since I was little, and I’m pretty sure it was a recipe that Grandma Luna had taught her decades earlier.
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Everyone in my family eats them a bit different. We usually serve them up with hamburger and beans and let everyone add their own toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and olives. Others in my family pour honey over them and a few also like to add powdered sugar and just eat it as is. Personally, I like adding all the hearty ingredients like hamburger and beans and pile that baby up high with all the fixings. Top it off with some salsa, and it’s like heaven on a plate! Add some tomatoes and avocados too and you’ll definitely be in heaven!
How to Make Fried Bread:
This recipe for Indian fry bread only requires FOUR ingredients! And chances are you probably already have all of these on hand.
- Baking Powder
All you have to do is combine the dry ingredients and add the warm water. Mix with your hands until it forms a dough. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes. Break off the dough into golf ball sized balls (or even a little bit bigger if you like bigger fry bread). Roll the dough balls into ½-inch thick circles that are about 6 inches in diameter, and fry each piece in a sauce pan. Make sure the oil is 1-2 inches high in the pan. Fry until dough is golden and poofs up, and then fry on the other side keeping it in the oil. Set on a paper towel to drain oil.
If you want to eat it like a Navajo Taco and pile meat, beans, and other toppings on, check out the recipe card below for instructions on making the toppings! And if you want to keep things simple, you can enjoy it like many of those in my family and just add powdered sugar to it. 😉
I wish I knew how to describe what these tasted like, but they’re just like a bread-y taco salad. That doesn’t even do it justice – trust me! Just know you’ll love it!
For more great recipes, check out:
- Homemade Flour Tortillas
- Taco Quiche
- Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos
- Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- Mexican Lasagna
Indian Bread Recipe
Delicious Homemade Fry Bread - aka "Navajo Tacos" or "Indian Bread" - one of the best recipes you'll ever try! Pillows of dough fried until it's a little crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Make it sweet or savory!
- 2 c flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 c warm water
- 2 c pinto beans soaked overnight
- 1 lb hamburger
- sour cream
Combine dry ingredients and add warm water. Mix with your hands until dough forms. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Break off the dough into golf-ball sized balls (or even a tid bigger).
Roll dough into ½-inch thick circles that are about 6 inches in diameter.
Fry each piece in a medium sauce pan with hot oil (that is about 1-2 inches deep). Fry until dough is golden and poofs up, and then fry on the other side keeping it in the oil. Set on a paper towel to drain oil.
Put soaked beans in crock pot, cover with water. Cook on low until tender (for 4-6 hours). 2 hours before beans are done, toss in 2-3 slices of chopped bacon. *You know beans are done when they start breaking up. You can also use beans from the can for an easier version.
In the meantime. Cook up 1 lb of hamburger. Once beans are done, toss in hamburger.
Spread beans over your fry bread and add desired toppings.