Basic Navajo Fry Bread

READY IN: 16mins
Recipe by byZula

I first made this on 06/04/02. Very tasty and easy to make. Fluffier and more bread-like than versions I've tried before. I like to add 1 more tbsp. of shortening and about 1/4 cup of white sugar. I like to use these when I make something for dinner that has a sauce like curry or something. Try different things like adding spices to the dough that's similar to your main dish. My family loves these!

Top Review by ~*Miss Diggy*~

These were "OK", but nothing fantastic. I want to try these again by using the advise in the description of using sugar, as they needed something else for the dough. It was pretty bland. I love Navajo Fry Bread, and hope that this will help the outcome next time. I will review again once I make them. Thanks

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Cut in the shortening until it resembles crumbs.
  3. Slowly add water and mix thoroughly until you have a good dough.
  4. Knead the dough for a few minutes.
  5. Use flour when needed and break off pieces about the size of a golf ball.
  6. You flatten these balls to about pancake size and fry in hot oil.
  7. I don't remember the reason why but the Indians poke a hole in the center of the dough before frying.
  8. When they are golden, drain on paper towels.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a