Bread | May 3, 2018

Navajo Tacos Recipe

Years ago we went to a friend’s house to celebrate his birthday. She made us these navajo tacos and this cucumber limeade.  Fresh homemade fry bread, your favorite meat, beans, piled high with lettuce, pico, salsa, and of course guacamole, This meal is always a win in our family.

Navajo Tacos Recipe finished product, deliciously topped with diced tomatoes and avocado, lettuce, beans, and sprinkled cheese

Navajo Fry Bread

In the recipe card below is a handed down family recipe for homemade fry bread that will knock your socks off. It is also a little more work and time intensive than I often have time for so I do have a short cut for those weeknights where you need a quick meal. HOWEVER, if you are making this for a fancy dinner, for guests or do have some time on your hands to make the homemade bread dough, I highly recommend it.

Overhead shot of warm fry bread right out of the oven on a cooling tray

Fry bread shortcut: Use a frozen roll dough- the best is Terrell’s Country Bakery, or if your store doesn’t carry those you can grab another brand like rhodes rolls. Thaw them out, flatten and fry!

Close up of golden brown fry bread

How to make this Navajo Tacos Recipe

Navajo Tacos are made in layers. You can add what you want or don’t want. I love this because it makes it a perfect meal for everyone! The picky eaters and the ones who want it all.

Overhead shot of Navajo Tacos- topped with diced tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, cheese, cilantro, and surrounded by limes on a tray

On hot fry bread layer

  1. Your favorite Mexican-style meat. Carnitas, carne asada or in these photos I used Kadee’s delicious mix for her southwestern burritos.
  2. Beans- ANY kind. Black beans, pinto beans, or refried!
  3. Cheese (we love Cojita but you can also you a mexican blend)
  4. Lettuce
  5. Pico de gallo
  6. Avocado or Guacamole
  7. Top with creme or sour cream.

Close up of Navajo Tacos recipe on a tray

Pile it high and devour!

Navajo Tacos Recipe finished product. Toppings piled high

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Navajo Tacos Recipe
Prep Time
2 hrs 35 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins

Delicious and hearty navajo tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fried tacos, homemade tacos
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 T yeast
  • 1/2 Cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 5-6 cups flour
  1. Let yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tsp sugar stand 5 minutes in a separate bowl.
  2. Cream together shortening, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt.
  3. Then add eggs, 2 cups warm water, and the yeast-water-sugar mixture and continue creaming.
  4. Add 3 cups flour, cover, let rise for 1/2 hour
  5. Stir in 2 or 3 cups of flour and let rise in fridge for a few hours.
  6. Roll into small balls and flatten thin and fry in heated oil.
  7. Depending on size of pan you can fry 2-3 at a time and it only takes a few minutes on each side. Watch carefully. They fry quick! Garnish as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Navajo Tacos Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 360mg16%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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