Indian Tacos (also called Navajo or Native American Tacos) are a delicious treat we have always enjoyed at the Oklahoma State Fair!
Make these delectable Indian Tacos at home with just a few simple ingredients and enjoy them anytime you want! What sets these apart is the amazing Indian Fry Bread which makes the base for these tacos.
Indian Tacos and I go way back. I probably first tried one as soon as my mom was able to feed it to me. The only drawback was that I never had it more than once a year at the State Fair! Probably one of the bigger draws of going to the Fair is enjoying all the “once a year” foods they have. Corn Dogs, Candy Apples and Indian Tacos were always among my favorites.
I realize that many State Fairs don’t have the Indian Tacos. If you have never tried one then I would compare it to the best Taco Salad in a shell you have ever tried, but a lot more bread to it!
The Indian Fry Bread is what really sets this hearty meal apart. Indian Fry bread (also called Navajo or Native American Fry Bread) is just a simple bread mixture with leavening and milk that is flattened out and fried. It puffs up and makes a delicious bed for all the yummy toppings.
This recipe makes around 4-5 fry breads depending on the size of the Indian Taco you are making. State fair sized Indian Tacos would be more like 1-2 of these, but I am assuming you want a smaller sized portion than that. When we have one at the State Fair we often split it between 4-5 people because it is so HUGE!
The great thing about making this myself is that I avoid the lines, the price of the fair and the crazy price for just one taco! Although, to be fair, it’s probably the most reasonably priced item there based on size. Since I love the Fair I will continue to buy them there, but now I have this recipe to enjoy these any time I want!
Mmm. Just looking at an Indian Taco makes my stomach growl. They are SOOO good and I’m glad I get to make them at home now!
Suggestions for Indian Tacos:
- Serve them at a party or a crowd. I would suggest serving each item separately and have your guests make a line to fill up their own Indian Tacos. This way everyone can use their favorite ingredients and leave off what they don’t love.
- Use extra fry bread as a dessert. Fry bread is great with sweet toppings as well. Instead of adding the toppings for an Indian Taco, try something sweet like powdered sugar or honey. You could even go further with fruits and other sweet toppings as well.
- Make a Taco Sauce seasoning like Dan’s from the Oklahoma State Fair. Take these Indian Tacos up a notch and serve them with a little taco sauce that that is seasoned with smoked paprika. I am not sure exactly what the sauce they use at the fair is made of, but this is as close as I’ve tried. Just mix 1 cup of taco sauce with 1/2 or more to taste of smoke paprika. This will get you that smoky flavor that the sauce at the Oklahoma State Fair has.
Indian Tacos with Indian Fry Bread
This is an Oklahoma State Fair favorite and is a Native American Heritage recipe.
- For Fry Bread:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 4 cups oil for frying or as needed
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 Tbsp . Taco Seasoning I make my own or use Penzey's southwest seasoning
- 1 15 oz . can of Ranch Style Beans (Ranch Style is a brand of beans, but you can sub any chili beans if you don't have them in your area)
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 1/4 cup of chopped onions optional
- Other topping suggestions: Sour Cream Picante or Taco Sauce, Guacamole
In a large skillet cook the ground beef with taco seasoning mix over medium high heat. Once the meat has browned turn heat down and add beans. Cook until the mixture is heated through. Cover, and keep warm while you prepare the fry bread.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk, and mix until the dough comes together. You may need more flour in order to handle the dough.Knead the dough until smooth on a floured surface. Let it rest for around 5 minutes.
Heat oil in a large, deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Oil should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Cut dough into 4 to 5 equal parts and flatten each part out into a thin tortilla sized circle. Fry breads in the hot oil until golden on both sides, turn only once. Drain on paper towels.
Top each fry bread with beans, ground beef, lettuce, cheese and whatever other toppings you want. Enjoy!