At least once a week, my husband requests Navajo fry bread for dinner. It is a Native American bread that is fried in small pieces, and is very easy and quick to make.
We love to rip our fry bread in little pieces, and then add beans, beef, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, avocados, tomatoes, and olives on top of it, kind of like a taco salad.
|Navajo fry bread… so yummy|
Actually, I like to add all of that good stuff. My picky husband and kids eat theirs with about three or four of those toppings… they don’t know what they’re missing! But they all love the bread. The good thing about this meal is that it is totally customizable. Each person can make theirs up however they like, and then you won’t get any complaints! Perfect for all your picky eaters.
My husband’s grandma was given this authentic recipe years ago from a Navajo woman. It is really simple and delicious, and I have gotten nothing but good reviews every time I have made it for friends and other family members.
This recipe is easy to double or triple. One year my family and I made TONS of these for a huge family reunion, and it was a hit. So have I convinced you to make this yet? Good, let’s get started! This recipe makes about 10 small pieces of fry bread, which is just perfect for my husband and I and our four kids. But they are still kind of small, so if you want leftovers, or your kids are older, you can easily double the recipe.
1. Mix together in a medium bowl:
* 1 c. white flour
* 1 c. wheat flour
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1 Tbsp. baking powder
* 1 c. milk (recipe calls for powdered milk and water, but I prefer regular milk- you can use either)
2. Heat some canola or vegetable oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Wet your fingers with a little water, and then grab a small piece of dough. Flatten it in your hand, and carefully put it in the hot oil.
The oil will be very hot, so please be careful! I don’t even allow my kids in the kitchen when I am frying the bread, just to be safe.
These little pieces of fried bread will all look different and not the exact same sizes, which is part of their charm. You can make them as thick or thin and as big or small as you like. Once the side of the bread that is in the oil is a nice golden brown, then carefully turn it over with tongs to cook the other side. Once that side is cooked, remove from the oil and place on a plate with a paper towel on it to absorb the oil.
3. When ready to serve, each person can rip their bread in small pieces onto their plate.
4. Now for the fun part! Add on your preferred toppings in your preferred order. Here’s how I do it, but feel free to make yours however you like.
* Refried beans (everything sticks to it and it holds the other toppings on better)
* Ground beef, shredded beef, or chicken (or none of these if you are a vegetarian)
* Mexican rice (I have a great recipe I invented that I’ll post soon)
* Shredded cheese
* Sour cream (or Greek yogurt tastes just as good and is much healthier!)
* Sliced olives
Am I missing any toppings? Have you ever tried fry bread? Suddenly I am very hungry…
Oh, you can also add strawberry jam to any leftovers like my father-in-law does. I imagine that these would also taste delicious rolled in some cinnamon and sugar while they are still warm. Think I’ll try that next time. Give this easy bread a try. You won’t regret it!