California Style Indian Fry Bread Tacos

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

If you have ever been to the State Fair in Sacramento, you would have seen booths selling these wonderful tacos! One definitely makes a meal!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make the breads:.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, powdered milk, and baking powder into a large bowl. Pour the water over the flour mixture all at once and stir the dough with a fork until it starts to form one big clump.
  3. Flour your hands. Using your hands, begin to mix the dough, trying to get all the flour into the mixture to form a ball.
  4. NOTE: You want to mix this well, but you do NOT want to knead it. Kneading it will make for a heavy Fry Bread when cooked. The inside of the dough ball should still be sticky after it is formed, while the outside will be well floured.
  5. Cut the dough into four (4) pieces. Using your floured hands, shape, stretch, pat, and form a disk of about 5 to 7 inches in diameter.
  6. Use a large dutch oven and heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350°F (If you don't have a thermometer you can tell if the oil is ready for each batch when a un-popped popcorn kernel is dropped in and pops immediately!).
  7. Take the formed dough and gently place it into the oil, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Press down on the dough as it fries so the top is submersed into the hot oil. Fry until brown, and then flip to fry the other side. Each side will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. The bread can be kept warm in a 200°F oven for up to 1 hour. They refrigerate well and can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  9. Make the Tacos:.
  10. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown ground meat and onions until cooked; add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  11. Place Fry Bread, cupped side up, on separate plates. Layer ground meat, lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, and green chiles onto top of each Fry Brad. Top with sour cream, if desired.
Most Helpful

Loved these tacos. DH finished off the rest of the fry bread so I know we will have this one often. I did add some refried beans to the taco meat but made as written. Only served us two using 1/2 lb. beef.

adopt a greyhound August 14, 2013

OMG!!!! I wish I could give this a GOLD star - they are that awesome and looked so nice too. Really easy just following the instructions and came out tasting just exactly like the ones I've had at the fair. The only thing I did differant was double the recipe and that made 4 really nice sized breads perfect for topping with the taco blend, fresh chopped tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and onions. YUM!!! Even my very picky DGSs - one of which swears he does NOT like tacos loved this. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe that I'll be using again and again.

Bonnie G #2 July 07, 2009

very good, taste just like the ones we get at the local fair, but a little smaller (which isn't a bad thing! ) Thanks for posting :)

PickleLover June 10, 2009