Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe:


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Toppings (Optional):

  • Pinto beans
  • Taco meat
  • Rice
  • Salsa
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sliced jalapeños


1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. Add Wet Ingredients:

  • Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients. Gradually pour in the milk while stirring continuously. Mix until a dough forms.

3. Rest the Dough:

  • Allow the dough to rest for 15-20 minutes. This helps it relax and makes it easier to work with.

4. Roll and Shape:

  • Divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a flat, round shape. The thickness can vary depending on your preference.

5. Heat the Oil:

  • In a deep skillet or fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).

6. Fry the Bread:

  • Carefully slide each round of dough into the hot oil. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to flip the bread halfway through the cooking process.

7. Drain Excess Oil:

  • Place the fried bread on paper towels to drain any excess oil.

8. Optional Toppings:

  • Top the Navajo fry bread with your choice of toppings. For a traditional Navajo Taco, consider adding pinto beans, taco meat, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, green onions, and jalapeños.

9. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve the Navajo fry bread immediately while it’s warm and crispy. Enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures.


  • Experiment with different toppings to create your own variations, such as sweet options with honey or powdered sugar.
  • For a dessert version, top the fry bread with cinnamon sugar or drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauce.

This Navajo Fry Bread recipe is versatile and can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings, making it a delicious and satisfying meal.

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