Navajo Tacos Recipe

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is one of our favorite main dishes of all time.  One of my children even has it reserved as her very favorite, requesting it for her birthday dinner each year.  Lucky for me, it's also pretty easy to make.  At first I was a little scared off by the fry bread in this recipe, but then I realized that with all of the healthy toppings piled on top (corn, beans, lettuce, tomato, avocados), that it was a painless way for my kids to eat foods they wouldn't normally touch.  We like the fry bread so much, that we usually make a one-and-a-half batch of it, just to make sure everyone gets their fill. Enjoy!

NOTE:  Recipe and pictures were updated from the original.  (January 2012)  

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Posted by Lara. 

The ingredients:


onion, chopped
1-lb. ground beef or turkey
3/4 cup water
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can (15-ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (16-ounces) black beans, drained
up to 1 tablespoon chili powder, to taste (we usually omit this)

FRY BREAD: (makes 6 rounds)

3 cups flour (I used 1/2 white whole wheat flour)
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups warm water
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying

TOPPINGS, as desired:

Lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, refried beans, shredded cheese, avocado

For meat sauce, crumble together onion and ground beef.  Cook over medium-high heat until meat is cooked through. 

Add 3/4 cup water, taco seasoning packet, corn, and black beans.  Allow the mixture to simmer while you make the fry bread.  Add additional chili powder, to taste, if desired.

For fry bread:  In a medium size bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.  Add water and stir together.  Dough may be slightly sticky.  Divide dough into six pieces. 

On a generously floured surface, pat the dough pieces into a flat round shape 5-6-inches across.  

Meanwhile, pour the vegetable oil into a medium size saucepan (make sure it's big enough to fit the rounds, but not so big you'll need lots more oil)
Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat .

(NOTE:  Do not leave the stove unattended during the heating or cooking process) 

When oil is hot, carefully place dough round into the hot oil until the bottom side is golden brown (it may be only 15-20 seconds depending on how hot your oil is, so watch carefully). 

With a metal set of tongs (or two metal forks), flip the round, and cook the other side until puffy and golden brown.  Use the tongs to remove the fry bread from the oil and place onto a paper towel lined plate.  Makes 6 fry breads.   

To assemble:  Place a thin layer of sour cream or refried beans to the top of the fry bread.  This will serve as a glue of sorts to keep the toppings in place better.  Add meat sauce and other toppings as desired. 

The meat sauce is enough for about 10 Navajo tacos, so I usually make a one and half batch of the fry bread, so there's enough bread for meat sauce. 


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Torie January 29, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

I want to try this recipe. One of my parent's friends used to make this when they had us over for dinner. I think you are woman after my own toile wallpaper!!!! & the cookies that you call mud pies (no bake) we call dodo cookies.

Mika,  July 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

I'd like to make a request for this next time we come over for dinner. Holy Yummy.

MADMommy January 8, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

We just made this for dinner. It was a lot of work (for me, I'm a lazy cook) but worth it. Hubby high fived me while he was eating :)

Carleen April 4, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

If you add a little powdered milk to it it will brown up nicely when fried.

Amy & Mike June 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

Very tasty! Seemed like we could have used more fry bread for the amount of meat, though.

Anonymous,  November 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

i needed something to make for dinner tongiht. i substituted chicken breast in the crockpot with salsa added to it frozen for high 4 hrs. then i added corn and cumin. and i made the homemade tacos. my hubs told me this was one of the best things i've ever made! thanks to you!!

Kirstin January 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM  

wow! these look yummy! Found you via Pinterest!!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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