Navajo Tacos are fry bread topped with homemade chili and taco fixings. Indian fry bread became a Navajo tradition in the mid-1800s. As years passed it became a common food among many tribes across the American continents. Today, fry bread is often found at state fairs and is served with honey, cinnamon, sugar or honey butter.
For the fry dough you can either make your own bread dough or use frozen rolls. However, if you chose to use frozen dough make sure you set it out to thaw at room temperature (this usually takes 1-2 hours depending on the dough). If you’re in a hurry try one of these quick methods for thawing frozen bread dough.
Estimated cost: $10
Prep time: 1 hour
Estimated calories per person: 775
- 1 lb ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped green pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes (16 oz)
- 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained (16 oz)
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
- 2 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp basil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 8 Terrell’s Country Bakery Rolls & Scones Dough
- Grated cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- 2 quarts oil, for frying
Brown hamburger, onion, green pepper and garlic together in a large pot.
Stir in undrained tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, salt and pepper.
Bring to boil.
Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
1. Thaw frozen dough
2. Line cooling racks or plates with paper towels.
3. Fill a large saucepan with 2 inches of oil.
4. Heat oil on stove over medium-high heat to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Use your fingers to stretch out the balls of dough (rub flour on your hands if the dough is sticking to your fingers).
6. Carefully place two flattened balls of dough in oil.
7. Fry until golden brown on each side (about 1-2 minutes).
8. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
9. Repeat until the dough is all fried.
10. Serve hot and top with cooked chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and anything else you’d like to add.
11. Save a few for dessert to eat with honey, cinnamon sugar or honey butter.
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