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Indian Tacos (Navajo Fry Bread)

This dinner holds great memories for me, a lot of history for my grandparents, and tons of deliciousness for my family. Nothing brings people together like some good food!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Indian tacos, Navajo fry bread, Navajo fry bread recipe
Servings: 12 servings


  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp pink salt or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder non-aluminum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soft refined coconut oil and extra for frying
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water plus and extra 2-3 tbsp if needed


  • In a large mixing bowl, with a whisk, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  • Measure in 3 Tbsp coconut oil and mix into flour. (I use my fingers work it in.)
  • Pour in your hot water and mix it in. I use my hands to work the hot water into the dough.
  • If you still have some dry ingredients that you can't get worked in, add 1 tbsp of water at a time until all the dough comes together.
  • Knead the dough (I do it right in the bowl for less mess) a couple of minutes until a smooth dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a bag and place on the counter for the dough to rest for a least 15-20 minutes, but up to an hour.

Frying bread

  • In an Iron skillet heat, 3 tbsp REFINED coconut oil over medium-high heat (you can use other oil, but coconut has a high smoke point and is best for frying)
  • You will know when oil is hot enough when you take a small piece of dough and place it into the oil, if it sizzles and bubbles, it's ready.
  • Pull off a tennis ball size of the dough. Stretch the dough out about 5 inches long and 4 inches wide (this doesn't need to be exact) while stretching rotate the dough so you're stretching it on all sides making it circular.
  • Place dough in oil and fry 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Lay on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.


Topping Ideas
Top with your favorite taco toppings. Above I used black beans I seasoned with 1/4 tsp of each- cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Use chopped lettuce, tomato, jalapeƱos, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, black olives, avocado, fresh limes, cilantro, etc....
For protein, you could also use seasoned ground beef, chicken, refried beans.