Navajo Fry Bread - Traditional

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READY IN: 49mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Gradually stir in the water and work it in, adding more water a little at a time, if needed.
  • Knead by hand until soft but not sticky. Form the dough into a round ball, cover and let stand for about 30 minutes. Shape into 2" balls.
  • Heat shortening or cooking oil in a 1 1/2 " deep frying pan until hot.
  • Flatten each ball of dough by patting and stretching into a pizza shape. Carefully place the dough into the hot oil.
  • Fry until edges of the bread are golden and turn to cook the other side. Makes 4-5 pieces.
  • Layer the beans, chilis, onion, tomato,lettuce, cheese and if desired sour cream dollops on top of each piece of fry bread to make Navajo (or Indian) Tacos
  • Fry bread may be served with stews or drizzled with honey or powdered sugar for dessert. Many Navajo cooks prefer to use "Bluebird" a high-gluten flour, in this recipe. Variations: The Navajo Nation in Window Rock serves a taco topped with chicken, chili beans without the beef and the remaining ingredients.
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