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Navajo Tacos |

Navajo Tacos

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


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!



Fry Bread

  • 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
  • 24 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When ready to fry, bring the dough to room temperature. Heat at least an inch of oil in a large cast iron skillet.
  5. 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:

  1. 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.

To assemble:

  1. 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.
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  3. source: my mom