Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)


Navajo fry bread is a simple recipe that creates a delicious sweet or savory snack. or to create the best Indian tacos ever!

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

The Navajo Fried Bread

It begins in the summer and lasts until the end of the season. You may get bubbling golden scrumptious fried dough topped with a variety of tantalizing toppings at every festival, fair, and carnival. (At least in Oklahoma, where I grew up.)

And there are long queues of customers who are ready to get their hands and tongues on it. It almost tastes good.

Who, however, wants to stand in line for hours at the fair? You may prepare your own Navajo fry bread at home using an easy recipe.

Really, all you need are a few ingredients and a frying pan.

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

What You Need in Ingredients


  • Baking powder for all-purpose flour
  • Salt, hot milk, hot water, and frying oil
  • chopped onions, minced garlic, and ground beef
  • Pepper Powder
  • Salt with ground cumin
  • Smoldering Paprika
  • Red kidney beans, drained
  • Cut-Up Tomatoes
  • Green Chiles, chopped
Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Easy Indian Fry Bread Dough Recipe

A fairly straightforward dough is used to make easy Navajo fry bread. You almost certainly already have everything you need to succeed.

There’s no need to stress about frying either. This dish doesn’t require a deep fryer or tonnes of oil. In a skillet, cook Quick Indian Fry Bread using no more than an inch of oil.

In a big basin, combine the dry ingredients.
Milk and water are both warmed together. Then, while combining with your fingers until a ball form that pulls away from the side of the bowl, gradually add the hot liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. The dough may require more flour if it is still too sticky.
For ten minutes, wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest.
Then, heat your oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the dough into 10 equal balls in the meantime. Then, flatten them and gradually pull the dough’s edges (or roll it out) to form a 6- to 7-inch disc (the thinner the better). Make certain you produce all 10 discs.

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Multipurpose Indian Fry Bread

Navajo Fry Bread has a wide range of uses. Any meal, from breakfast to dinner, snacks, and desserts may be cooked with it.

Add cheese, fruit, eggs, butter, honey, cinnamon sugar, and more on the top. You’ll want to try it with a variety of toppings because our Navajo Fry Bread is so easy and cheap to make!

Use it in place of bread or tortillas for variation. You might also try making it whole-grain or gluten-free.

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Mexican tacos are the best!

The greatest thing to do, though, is to utilize this fried bread to prepare authentic Navajo tacos at home.

Create a quick chunky taco meat out of ground beef, beans, and green chiles.
After that, ladle it over the Indian fry bread and top it with sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and sliced black olives.
Using pre-made dough, like frozen rolls or pizza dough, you can quickly prepare Navajo Fry Bread if you’re truly pressed for time. The packaging will provide instructions for defrosting.

But the greatest dough is handmade!

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Navajo taco toppings, if desired

There are many ingredient options that you can top your tacos with, just like they do in southwest taco shops…

  • shredded greens
  • chopped red onion in pico de gallo
  • sliced black olives and cheese
  • avocado slices and cilantro, chopped
  • soured milk
  • Lime wedges with hot queso from the grill
Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Frequently Asked Questions

Navajo bread can be kept for a day or two at room temperature, though obviously, they are finest the day they are baked. You might need to reheat them in the oven because once they are fried, they quickly begin to lose their structural integrity.

The dough for this recipe can be frozen, but doing so requires a little more effort. Place the split dough balls spaced approximately 2 inches apart on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper or wax paper. Put the sheet pan in the freezer for however long it takes for the dough’s exterior to completely freeze. Then remove them and wrap each one separately.

You can, indeed. Cooking one at a time in an air fryer at 375 to 400 degrees F for only a few minutes apiece. Coat the air fryer with nonstick cooking spray.

Eat the fried bread plain, with cinnamon sugar on top. Combine 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Then douse it on top of the hot, fried bread!

Shortening, lard, or other kinds of oil may also be used, although peanut or vegetable oil works best. Choose an oil that is suitable for cooking at high temperatures.

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Check the printable recipe card below for the nutrition facts including calories, protein, carbohydrates, and sodium percentages.

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe (Indian Tacos)

Prep time: 20 minutesCook time: 10 minutesTotal time: 30 minutesServings:9 servingsCalories:384 kcal


Easy Navajo Fry Bread Recipe and Tacos – Bubbly flatbreads you can enjoy as-is, use is tacos and wraps, or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for easy desserts!



  1. For the Navajo Fry Bread: Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat the milk and water together. once hot, slowly add in the hot liquid a little at a time, mixing with your fingers until it forms a ball that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add more flour or water as needed to form a dough that is not too sticky. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Pour 1 inch of oil in a large skillet. Set a thermometer on the edge of the skillet and heat to 375 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the dough into 10 equal pieces. Flatten the balls and gently stretch out the edges while turning them to form 6-7 inch disks. The thinner the better. (You could also roll them out on a lightly floured board, but pulling the dough is more fun.) Roll them out all at once, so they have a little time to rest before they go in the fry. Restretch them right before placing them in the oil if needed.

  4. Gently lay one dough disk in the hot oil pressing down with tongs so the oil goes over the top of the dough. Fry until golden brown around edges, then turn over and cook until the color matches, usually 20-30 seconds per side. Place on paper towels to drain. Repeat until all the dough disks are cooked. *For lighter more flexible fry bread fry quickly, but if you want them crunchy, fry a little longer per side to a golden brown.

  5. For the Navajo Tacos: Set a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Break the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Once it starts releasing its fat, add in the chopped onions, garlic, and all pieces. Continue cooking the meat until it is well browned. Then mix in the kidney beans, tomatoes, and green chiles. Simmer another 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat.

  6. Once the Indian Fry Bread and Taco Meat are ready, start building tacos. Scoop the taco meat onto the fry bread. Then top with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and any other topping you like. Serve warm.


  • Cinnamon Navajo Fry Bread
  • Enjoy the fry bread as-is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Then sprinkle it over the hot fry bread!
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