Navajo Tacos

5 from 2 votes

This Navajo Tacos recipe is one of my all-time favorites. A little more work than a typical taco but well worth the effort!

navajo tacos

Most of us eat our tacos in corn or flour tortillas. But these Navajo Tacos are served on crunchy Indian Fry Bread that is out of this world.

If you’ve never had a Navajo Taco you don’t know what you are missing! Similar in nature to a Mexican Tostada like my Fish Tostadas or Beef Tostadas recipes.

While most taco recipes are really easy to make as you typically use pre-made tortillas, these Navajo Tacos are a little more involved as you need to make the Indian Fry Bread by hand. But believe me, it will be well worth it in the end.

navajo tacos

You might be inclined to make the Fry Bread ahead of time but it will be best if you make it as close to the time you will be making these delicious Tacos.

While making the dough is pretty straightforward, you need to make sure your oil reaches somewhere around 350°F before frying the bread. If you add your fry bread too soon it will take longer to cook and might become oil logged (yuck).

navajo tacos

When you are deep-frying, I always recommend using a thermometer to ensure you are at the proper temperature.

The temperature of the oil will fluctuate as you add stuff to it so you need to monitor it very closely for the best results. A temperature of 350°F is a good target temperature for the oil.

navajo tacos

As with all taco recipes, the toppings I list on the recipe card are my suggestions but feel free to use all, some or none of them.

Make it your own and use whatever toppings you like on your tacos. You can’t go wrong with this one.

For the red enchilada sauce, you can use whatever brand you have on hand. I usually use La Victoria brand as I always have some on hand but on a few occasions, I’ve used Las Palmas and Old El Paso brands with excellent results. And as always, you get to pick the heat!

tortilla press

If you are fortunate enough to own a tortilla press you can use it to make the Indian fry bread instead of rolling the dough out with a rolling pin.

So much easier. They are pretty cheap so if you flatten out dough on a regular basis then it might be worth the small investment.

navajo tacos

When it comes to Deep Frying food you want to choose an oil that has a high smoke point and neutral in flavor so it won’t affect the flavor of whatever you are frying. Vegetable Oil, Corn Oil, Canola Oil and Peanut Oil are some of the more popular and affordable options.

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You will need the following ingredients to make this Navajo Tacos recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Enchilada Sauce
  • Salt
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Water

Optional toppings: Shredded Lettuce, Grated longhorn or Cheddar Cheese and Diced Tomatoes.

  1. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic with a little bit of oil. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the red enchilada sauce and salt to taste. Stir in the pinto beans and heat until heated through.
    meat filling for navajo tacos
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry Indian Fry Bread ingredients. Add the warm water and mix with your hands until a dough forms. Add more water as needed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Break off a golf ball-sized piece of dough. Roll the piece of dough into circles that are about 6 inches in diameter. Try to make them as thin as possible.
  3. In a saucepan with about 2 inches of oil heated to 350°F, fry until the dough is golden and puffs up, flipping once. Set on a paper towel to drain the oil.
  1. Spoon a generous amount of the meat mixture on each piece of fry bread.
  2. Garnish each taco with lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa and cheese.

Printable Recipe Card

navajo tacos

Navajo Tacos 🌮

This Navajo Tacos recipe is one of my all-time favorites. A little more work than a typical taco but well worth the effort!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 8
Calories 284 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Clove, chopped
  • 15 oz Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ Cup Red Enchilada Sauce, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
Indian Fry Bread
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cups Water, warm, or more as needed
Toppings (optional)
  • Lettuce
  • Grated longhorn or cheddar cheese
  • Chopped onion
  • Diced tomato
  • Salsa

Instructions
 

Make the Meat Filling
  • In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic with a little bit of oil. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add the red chili sauce and salt to taste. Stir in the pinto beans and heat until heated through.
Make the Indian Fry Bread
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the warm water and mix with your hands until a dough forms. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Break off a golf-ball sized piece of dough. Roll the piece of dough into circles that are about 6 inches in diameter. Try to make them as thin as possible.
  • In a saucepan with about 2 inches of oil heated to 350°F, fry until the dough is golden and puffs up, flipping once. Set on a paper towel to drain oil.
Assemble the Tacos
  • Spoon a generous amount of the meat mixture on each piece of fry bread.
  • Garnish each taco with lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa and cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 21gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 754mgPotassium: 643mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Nancy says:

    First of all the Indian Fry Bread is delicious on its own, but with all the other ingredients in this recipe they turned out great.

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