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Navajo Taco on a plate with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives and sour cream.
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Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread

Navajo Tacos are easy to make and fun to eat! Pillowy fry bread piled with chili, cheese and your favorite toppings.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican/Spanish
Keyword: navajo tacos, Tacos
Servings: 4
Calories: 553kcal
Author: Emily Walker


Indian Fry Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • oil vegetable oil or canola oil for frying

Navajo Taco Toppings


For the Indian Fry Bread

  • Heat oil to 375 degrees in a frying pan or electric skillet.
    Skillet with oil to fry Fry Bread.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    Mixing bowl with dry ingredients and water in the center to mix dough for Fry Bread.
  • Mix dough thoroughly, you may have to add more flour to get a soft dough consistency.
    Dough ball on floured surface to make Fry Bread.
  • Divide dough into 4 balls.
    Dough cut into four equal sections on a floured surface to make Fry Bread.
  • Roll each dough ball out on a floured surface making a thin circle.
    Rolling out a round circle of dough on a floured surface for Fry Bread.
  • Lift it like a pizza dough off the surface.
    Lifting a flattened piece of dough for Fry Bread.
  • Fry the dough in hot oil.
    When you see the dough turning a golden brown – about 20-30 seconds. Flip over and cook the other side. It's normal to see big bubbles in the dough.
    Remove from oil when both sides are a golden brown.
    Tongs lifting a piece of Fry Bread from a skillet with oil.
  • Drain off excess grease on a paper towel.
    Keep warm in oven (200 degrees) until ready to serve.
    Stack of Fry Bread on paper towels.

Navajo Taco Toppings

  • Prepare or heat chili. For an easy chili recipe, try our Cheater Chili.
    Pan and wooden spoon with homemade chili for Navajo Tacos.
  • Layer 3/4 cup chili, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1 tablespoon sour cream, olives, and salsa on each piece of Homemade Fry Bread.
    Fry bread next to toppings of cheddar cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives and chili to make Navajo Tacos.
  • Serve on a sturdy plate!
    Plate with a Navajo Taco topped with chili, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives and sour cream.



  • You can use Grands Biscuits dough or frozen roll dough (thawed) instead of the Homemade Fry Bread. Roll out the biscuits or dough into a thin circle.
  • Heat oil in a skillet to 375 degrees. Fry the dough for about 30 seconds on each side until golden brown.
  • Drain off the excess oil and or pat it off with a paper towel. Keep warm in the oven at 200 degrees until ready to serve.


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1429mg | Potassium: 956mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 164.1mg | Calcium: 486mg | Iron: 5.4mg