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Indian Tacos with Indian Fry Bread

Indian Tacos with Indian Fry Bread

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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!  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.

Indian Tacos with Fry Bread

 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 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.  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.   I love the Fair and I will continue to buy them there, but now I have this recipe to enjoy these any time!

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!

Tips and Suggestions for Indian Tacos: 

  • Serve them at a party or a crowd. I would suggest serving each item separately.  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’m not sure exactly what the sauce they use at the fair is made of, but this is as close as I’ve tried.  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.

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5 from 6 votes

Indian Tacos with Indian Fry Bread

This is an Oklahoma State Fair favorite for Indian Tacos with authentic indian fry bread.  
Servings: 4 to 5
Author: Rachel

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Toppings:
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 lightly 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!

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Pamela

Friday 27th of May 2022

It's actually Chilli u make to put on top...

-a native person

Larry Wookey

Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Awesome recipe I'm very grateful to for posting it.

Larry

Friday 8th of April 2022

I’ve always warmed milk before adding it to most recipes. I think it rises better

Joe

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Never call us Indians we prefer native Americans

Gloria Rowland

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hey, Rachel! One of my most favorite cuisines is Indian food cuisine. Once, I tried their Vada Pav, a very traditional street food item, and I just loved it. This is the second dish from India that I made. I did spicy seasoning and served to my friends. They actually licked up their fingers. Thanks!

Stayce Rose

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Sorry, you have it wrong. This dish isn't from India. It is from Oklahoma (Indian Territory before 1889). It is a famous staple for Oklahomans' that went to the OKC State Fair.. We usually only ate them at the State Fair. When I was in College, there was a "Dan's Famous Indian Tacos" across from my Campus. I used to eat them all the time. Indian Tacos are definitely Okie Indian food and not Asian Indian food..

Janet Nyilas

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Wonderful recipe. My mother in law from Hungary made these all the time for my husband and I. I think Cheyenne you are critical of Gloria Rowland. If you want to get knitty gritty with Gloria, the Fried Bread recipe was brought over by the Europeans. The toppings are Native. Here in Canada, our native indians make their toppings very similar to your 'Native American.' They just don't put in beans.

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