Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread, is a very popular deep fried Flatbread that is used to make the Navajo Tacos. Indian Fry bread is also used to make a simple dessert when drizzled with honey or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

I love going to the fairs. We look forward to the fair time every year and speaking of Fair, Oklahoma State Fair starts this Thursday. I love the fairs for not just the fun and rides but especially the food. Fair food is something that cannot be compensated for and we start devouring it the minute we enter the fair grounds.

Indian Fry Bread or the Navajo Tacos is something that we ate for the first time after we moved to Oklahoma. The best part is any fair stall selling this would happily make it vegetarian with just the beans instead of the meat. The bread itself is the star of the Navajo Taco and its texture is something that cannot be swapped with anything else. I love watching the stalls making these giant Fry bread and always wondered if I would be able to make this at home anytime.


Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Thanks to the A to Z International Flatbread theme, that I was able to research into the recipe and make this beautiful Indian Fry Bread at home. Based on what I read, the Navajo’s who are the Native American people created this bread in the 1800’s . They were living in Arizona at that tie and were asked to relocate to New Mexico. This was about a 300 mile journey that they had to take and the US government provided them with flour, sugar, salt and lard. The Navajos made this Fry Bread with the supplies that was given to them for their journey.

The Indian Fry Bread needs just the basic ingredient and is so simple to make. Once the Fry Bread is made, the toppings for this is unlimited. We can make it sweet or savory. I used the Indian Fry Bread to make the Navajo Tacos that I often eat at the fair. The sweet version can be as simple as the Indian fry bread drizzled with honey or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A for Aish Baladi
B for Boulanee Katchalu
C for Chickpea Flatbread / Socca
D for Dhal Puri
E for Emirati Khameer 
F for Fruit Focaccia
G for Gozleme
H for Himbasha

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 1 hour of resting time
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Ingredients to make Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread – Makes 8

  • All Purpose Flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 TBSP Plus more to fry the bread
  • Water – as needed to make the dough
  • Lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream – to assemble the Navajo Taco

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Procedure to make the Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread –

  • In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  • Slowly add warm water to the flour and mixing to combine. Add about 1 TBSP of oil and knead to form a very soft dough. The dough will be a little sticky. We don’t have to knead it too much. Just knead enough to make a soft dough.
  • Pour the remaining 1 TBSP of oil over the dough and spread around the surface.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for at least an hour. It is alright to rest the dough longer.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

  • Heat about 2 inches of oil in a pan to deep fry the Indian Fry Bread.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll them into a ball.
  • Using your hands, stretch the dough to form a thin circle. I used my rolling pin to slightly roll it and then pulled from all the sides to stretch it thinner.
  • Stretch the dough as thin as you can get without tearing it too much.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

  • Drop a tiny piece of dough into the oil to see if it rises up immediately. If it comes up right away, the oil is ready. If it takes a little time to rise, then wait a few minutes for the oil to heat up.
  • Carefully slide the stretched dough into the hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. The dough will retract a bit when dropped onto the oil.
  • Drain the Fry Bread on a tray lined with paper towels.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

  • Repeat with rest of the dough.
  • When ready to assemble, place the Indian fry bread on a plate.
  • Top with beans, then lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream and serve.

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread
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Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread, is a very popular deep fried Flatbread that is used to make the Navajo Tacos. Indian Fry bread is also used to make a simple dessert when drizzled with honey or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Course Flatbread, Lunch Recipes, Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine American Indian, Mexican
Keyword flatbread, Indian Fry Bread, Navajo Taco, Street food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour - 2 cups
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 TBSP Plus more to fry the bread
  • Water - as needed to make the dough
  • Lettuce beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream - to assemble the Navajo Taco

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  2. Slowly add warm water to the flour and mixing to combine. Add about 1 TBSP of oil and knead to form a very soft dough. The dough will be a little sticky. We don't have to knead it too much. Just knead enough to make a soft dough.
  3. Pour the remaining 1 TBSP of oil over the dough and spread around the surface.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for at least an hour. It is alright to rest the dough longer.
  5. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a pan to deep fry the Indian Fry Bread.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll them into a ball.
  7. Using your hands, stretch the dough to form a thin circle. I used my rolling pin to slightly roll it and then pulled from all the sides to stretch it thinner.
  8. Stretch the dough as thin as you can get without tearing it too much.
  9. drop a tiny piece of dough into the oil to see if it rises up immediately. If it comes up right away, the oil is ready. If it takes a little time to rise, then wait a few minutes for the oil to heat up.
  10. Carefully slide the stretched dough into the hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. The dough will retract a bit when dropped onto the oil.
  11. Drain the Fry Bread on a tray lined with paper towels.
  12. Repeat with rest of the dough.
  13. When ready to assemble, place the Indian fry bread on a plate.
  14. Top with beans, then lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream and serve.

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11 thoughts on “Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread

  1. I totally agree with you…there are so many unique dishes at fairs that we don’t see otherwise. Love this fried flatbread. It looks so beautiful and inviting! Awesome pick for I

  2. We always go to exhibition to enjoy all the food available there. The fry bread sounds very easy to make and love all those toppings you have added. This one would make a filling meal. The sweet version also sounds so delicious..

  3. My mouth is watering Sandhya.. I had made this sometime back and we loved it. In fact made a couple of times when my son was visiting us and after that haven’t… have to remember to make it again. Love how it can be served with any topping or even enjoyed on its own.

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