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Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)

Fry Bread (Navajo Fry Bread)

Fry bread is a very common food among the Native Americans Navajo Tribe and other tribes of the Native American. I have never tried fry bread before but when we moved to New Mexico and we were invited to the Navajo cookout and fry bread was one of the meals served, that day I was so surprised how incredibly good it was.

According to my friend that shared this and other fry bread recipes with me told me there are several ways to make fry bread. Some tribes use yeast, baking powder, or the combination of both.

The dough needs to rest just to relax for a minimum of 5 minutes or more. You can serve fry bread as you would with Taco or as desserts by drizzling honey, and confectioner sugar on the fry bread.

Mostly, the toppings for fry bread or Indian taco is beans/ground beef, lettuce, tomato, olives, sour cream. I absolutely like it with ground beef, with others toppings but olives.

Let get started.

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Fry Bread (Navajo Fry Bread)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 8
  • 2 Cups Blue bird flour (or all-purpose flour) plus more
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening (or butter)
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • Oil for frying
  1. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt.
  2. Melt shortening or butter let it cool down then mix with milk.
  3. Combine the liquid with the dry ingredients using a fork or spoon. 

  4. The dough should a little sticky if necessary sprinkle a little flour
    Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)
  5. When done cover and kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 5 minutes or more.
    and when done cover and kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 5 minutes or more.
  6. Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat, about 350 degrees.
  7. Get the dough out and cut a small dough out like a golf ball size, or better still just divide the dough into 8 depending on the size you want.

  8. Pick one dough at a time (cover the rest of the dough) stretch it out using your hand or place it on a floured surface and roll out to form a shape similar to circle, use your hands to stretch it out. 

    Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)
  9. Gently submerge it into the oil and fry until golden brown then flip to fry the other side. It doesn’t take time to fry so watch closely.

    Fry bread (Navajo fey bread)
  10. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

  11. Repeat the process until you’re done.
    Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)

  12. Serve it as a taco or dessert by drizzling honey, and confectioner sugar.

    Fry bread(Navajo fry bread)

  13. Enjoy!

    Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)


  • ¾ Pound Ground beef
  • ½ Cup Onion (sliced/diced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red pepper flake (or chili pepper)
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated ginger(or minced ginger)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For serving
  • Iceberg or Romaine Lettuce cut up
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (chopped/diced)
  • Shredded cheese (I used Mixture of Colby and Monterey blend with Taco seasoning)
  • Sour cream
  1. Place a skillet over medium-high heat, render all the fat in the beef by adding the ground beef and stir.

    Fry bread(Navajo fry bread)
  2. Continue to stir when you see no traces of pink color left. Drain all the fat (that's a lot of fat) in the skillet and add red pepper flake, and ginger. Stir and continue to cook.

    Fry bread(Navajo fry bread)
  3. Add the seasoning powder/cube, granulated garlic, thyme, onion, and salt.

    If the beef is too dry add a little water and stir.

    Fry bread(Navajo fry bread)
  4. Check the seasonings and adjust if necessary. If you add liquid (in the last step) let the liquid thickens with the beef before turning off the heat

  5. Serve by assembling the fry bread by placing bread on a plate and add the beef, tomato, cheese, and top it with a dollop of sour cream.

    Fry bread(Navajo fry bread)

  6. Fry bread (Navajo fry bread)

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