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 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.
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!
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.
On hot fry bread layer
- Your favorite Mexican-style meat. Carnitas, carne asada or in these photos I used Kadee’s delicious mix for her southwestern burritos.
- Beans- ANY kind. Black beans, pinto beans, or refried!
- Cheese (we love Cojita but you can also you a mexican blend)
- Pico de gallo
- Avocado or Guacamole
- Top with creme or sour cream.
Pile it high and devour!
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Delicious and hearty navajo tacos
- 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
- Let yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tsp sugar stand 5 minutes in a separate bowl.
- Cream together shortening, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt.
- Then add eggs, 2 cups warm water, and the yeast-water-sugar mixture and continue creaming.
- Add 3 cups flour, cover, let rise for 1/2 hour
- Stir in 2 or 3 cups of flour and let rise in fridge for a few hours.
- Roll into small balls and flatten thin and fry in heated oil.
- 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.