Arizona Fry Bread

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Arizona Fry Bread (Indian Tacos)

Fry Bread (Indian Tacos)

Arizona Fry Bread

Dating all the way back to the 1860s, Navajo Fry Bread became a staple to the people of the Navajo Tribe after their lands were taken by the United States government. The government provided Navajo reservations with flour, lard, salt, sugar, baking powder and yeast. Other components of their diet were either farmed or hunted for on their lands, so these things combined created the foundation for fry bread, and ultimately, for Navajo Tacos. Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos (Indian Tacos) are a dish that can be found throughout the Midwest, but Arizona probably sees the most prevalence of these at both restaurants and fairs/festivals throughout the state.

  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2/3 C Lukewarm Water
  • Chili
  • 1 Medium White Onion, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 C Shredded Lettuce
  • 2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • 1 T Lime Juice

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and water, and stir continuously for 3 minutes until flour is absorbed. Use your hands to fold over the dough several times until the dough is mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let proof for 30-45 minutes. Bring 1 ½” vegetable oil to medium-high heat in a frying pan (temperature should register 350 degrees). Divide the dough into four equal balls, and individually flatten and stretch the dough into 6-7” disks about ½” thick. Poke a hole into the middle of the first dough disk and gently place the dough into the frying pan. If you got your oil hot enough it should take about 2-3 minutes per side to get a nice and golden brown color on each side. Transfer fry bread to a paper towel-lined plate and continue frying dough until finished. Top with hot chili, shredded cheddar, onions, jalapenos, lettuce and tomato. Finish with a drizzle of sour cream, or whisk together 1 C sour cream with 1 T lime juice and drizzle on top. Fold and eat like a taco.