Recipe ~ Native American Frybread and Tacos


Living in Vallejo, California, for many years, I had the privilege of being in close proximity to the place where the local Native American tribes would gather every summer for a Pow Wow … and no summer is complete without at least one Fry Bread meal!  Even if you can’t make it to the next Pow Wow, here’s a great recipe you can create to join in the festivities and be there in spirit!  AHO!
Prep time   :   5 mins
Cook time  :   10 mins
Total time  :   15 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients …
  • For the Frybread:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • Additional ¼ cup flour for shaping
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • For the Tacos:
  • 4 cooked frybreads
  • Cooked pinto beans
  • Taco meat*
  • shredded cheese
  • lettuce, tomato, onion
  • hot sauce, pickled jalapenos
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Combine milk and water in a separate cup.
  2. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir with a fork to mix well. You will have a soft dough.
  3. Flour your counter top well with the remaining ¼ cup flour and coat your hands, too.
  4. Shape the dough into a cylinder and cut into 4 pieces.
  5. Pat each piece out into a circle about ⅓” thick (1 cm) and 6″ across.
  6. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F and fry breads one at a time, for about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Drain upright.
  8. Serve topped with beans, meat, cheese, and vegetables of your choice.
Notes:  Vegans can substitute Tempeh grounds or soy grounds for the ground beef.  Here are the ingredients to create your taco meat for this recipe …

    • ½ cup diced onion
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seed (or ½ teaspoon ground cumin)
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 jalapeno, minced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
    • 1 pound lean ground beef or 1 pkg. of Vegan grounds
    • ½ cup water, beer, or beef stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • For serving:   shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, salsa