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Indian Fry Bread | Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread
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5 from 9 votes

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.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Resting time1 hour
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Flatbread, Lunch Recipes, Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine: American Indian, Mexican
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 238kcal


  • Stand Mixer
  • Stove


  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Oil plus more to deep fry
  • as needed Water
  • Lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream to assemble the Navajo Taco


  • 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 tablespoon 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 tablespoon 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg