A version of a traditional Navajo Taco – fry bread topped with meat, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Save any leftover fry bread to eat with honey for dessert!
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons oil or lard
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2–4 cups additional all-purpose flour
- oil for frying
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small to medium onion, chopped
- 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chiles
- salt and pepper
- 1 can (16 oz) pinto beans, warmed
- shredded cheddar cheese
- chopped lettuce
- chopped tomatoes
- sour cream
To make the fry bread:
- In a large bowl, combine the honey and the oil with the warm water. Stir in the yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to proof.
- Add in the whole wheat flour, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix together. Add 2 more cups of flour, oil hands well and knead until dough is firm and begins pulling away from the sides of the bowl, adding more flour as needed.
- Spray the inside of a large ziptop bag with oil, put dough in and seal, leaving plenty of air inside. Put in the refrigerator for 12 hours. De-gas the dough by squeezing the bag to deflate the dough and let it rise again, preferably overnight.
- When ready to fry, bring the dough to room temperature. Heat at least an inch of oil in a large cast iron skillet.
- Flour your work surface, then roll the dough into a long rope. Cut into 12 equal portions. Roll each into a ball and flatten into a disc. Keep the dough covered, and working with one or two portions at a time, fry in the hot oil until browned and bubbled. Flip and cook the opposite side. Drain on paper towels.
To make the meat mixture:
- In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, breaking up as you cook it. Cook until browned through, then add the diced onion and cook until the onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green chiles and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Put a fry bread on a plate. Top with some of the meat mixture, followed by beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Top with sour cream if desired.
- source: my mom