Indian Tacos

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Indian tacos AKA Navajo tacos are like tacos but made with Indian frybread (AKA Navajo frybread) in place of the tortilla. They are drop-dead delicious. (And pretty much drop-dead unhealthy due to the frying and the, uh … all the frying.)

They were invented in the 1860s by the Navajo after their “relocation” by the US government. “Relocation” seems like a nice word for it, but it was not nice. They were forced at gunpoint to walk 450 miles to an overcrowded internment camp. Rations of wheat flour, powdered milk, and lard were supplied. Indian Frybread was the result.

After a few years, this particular camp was abandoned – deemed a failure – and the remaining Navajo were allowed to walk back to their traditional territory and granted 3.5 million acres in which to resettle. The frybread came with them and is now a feature at not only in home kitchens, state fairs, and powwows, Β it’s also the official bread of South Dakota! Similarly to a tortilla, frybread is served as an accompaniment to most meals but is often eaten on its own with honey for breakfast – I’m thinking kind of like a sopapilla.

This frybread recipe makes the kind of frybread I had at the Oklahoma state fair. There are many regional variations so this might not be the exact frybread you’re thinking of but it’s real good. To make Indian Tacos, just make the frybread and serve topped with taco meat, cooked beans*, shredded cheese, tomato and lettuce, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, hot sauce, you know, whatever you put on a taco normally. I recommend eating with a knife and fork, though; these are huge and messy.

Indian Tacos recipe

Indian Taco Recipe


Indian Frybread and Indian Tacos

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  • Yield: 4 1x


  • For the Frybread:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Additional 1/4 cup flour for shaping
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • For the Indian 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 countertop well with the remaining 1/4 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 1/3″ 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.


See recipe for crispy beef tacos (linked in post) for taco meat recipe

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*Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how to cook dried beans.

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  1. Kendra on July 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Nice one, Hilah, I’ve made these before. They’re really good but very different from flour tortillas. It’s amazing how many flavors you can get from the same basic ingredients. Side note, I just got the worse cramp in my leg watching this *about to walk it off*. Not cool, wth? lol

    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Thanks, Kendra! You’re right; it is amazing what the same ingredients, treated differently, will create. Thinking about chapatis and flour tortillas, too, or corn tortillas vs sopes. I guess it shows the human desire for diet diversity is ancient!

      • William on April 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

        Arent you an actress also

        • Hilah on April 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

          I am. πŸ™‚ It’s been a few years but that’s partly why we moved out to LA.

    • dg on September 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Hyland makes a product called Leg Cramps. It is homeopathic and it stops leg cramps almost instantly. Cheap too and harmless. CVS, Rite Aid GNC has it $7.00 you only use it when you get a leg cramp. I always have it onhand. A miracle!

  2. Mother Effingby on July 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Well, shucks, pretty lady. I growed up in Montana, and the Crow Indians all think they invented Indian fry bread, aka Navajo fry bread, aka Crow fry bread. I hope this isn’t a reason for a war. Nations go to war for many reasons: Here’s some food war for you:

    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Ha! I’m sure we can all get along through the difficulties of deciding who has the rightful claim on frybread. Is Crow frybread different than this? People have told me it “has to have a hole in the center” – maybe that’s the Crow way?
      Thanks for the video – I hadn’t seen that. Love it!

      • Mother Effingby on July 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

        Crow fry bread is the exact same, but with Crow fry bread, if you happen to be in Montana at the Annual Crow Fair Powwow, you get a ceremonial dance with fry bread! But you know what else, completely not too off topic?

        Stuffed flat breads! Indian – meaning from India – Aloo Paratha is a stuffed flat bread filled and rolled very flat. And in Central and South America, they also have a stuffed flat bread – pupusa! Try getting a smart alecky white bread kid to eat a pupusa. HAAH!
        “Is there Poo-poo in it?!”
        “Taste it and find out, my darling child!”

        • Hilah on July 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

          And that reminds me of an idea my buddy Jay at TheAimlessCook had, which was to split the frybreads open and stuff them. That would be like a pocket pita bread, I suppose. Seems like it would work, though!

        • Reyes on October 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

          As the Lakota boy raised by Salvadorans with a desire to eat food from around the world I thoroughly enjoyed your comment and I’m glad to have reached it across the vastness of the Internet.

      • Susan G on August 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Every Indian tribe, and each family within each tribe has their version of fry read with minor variations. It is like asking a group of Cajuns for their gumbo recipe or a group of Italians for their pasta sauce recipe. You get as many answers as you have people you ask. The hole in the middle varies by tribe. Some in Olahoma put the hole in, some don’t. And it has a meaning. But every tribe has a version of fry bread because they all got the same crappy rations of flour in the 1800’s. So there was a lot of simultaneous invention of the same thing. But most Indians I know don’t use milk because a huge majority of Indians have lactose intolerance.

        • Patricia Clarke on March 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm

          No one will ever know which tribe truely invented fry bread.but we all have our versions of it.and being Choctaw we do put the hole in the middle…

          • Kyra Huddleston on April 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

            Nice to find a Choctaw on here. I am not but my sons father is and I’ve been wondering how to make it like his family does. In my opinion, the Choctaw make it best.

      • Georjann on March 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Up here in North Western Ontario we(Ojibwe) make frybread the same way, although we call it “Bannock” sometimes adding an egg will make a more tender dough as well. When we make Indian Tacos to avoid a mess especially at pow wows or for small kids you can cut in pieces and place in foil bag with all the fixings and eat with fork. πŸ™‚

        • Hilah on April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Thanks, Georjann!
          I have heard Canadians call it bannock, but have not seen a recipe with an egg before! Seems like it would make it a better thing to put sugar and cinnamon or honey on, more like a funnel cake texture. Yum!

          • wendy on August 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

            lol I grew up in upstate NY on the St. Lawrence River across from Canada. On cold winter Saturdays my father would make fried rabbit, or perch, or homemade soups and we’d snack on that all day. With the soups, my mother would make fried dough, which we called galletes. I know the French Canadians galletes are pastries.

  3. Great Stone Face on July 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This looks delicious. My wife and I were salivating while watching you put this together.

    Now, Mother Effingby may have a point, although my first two experiences were not Crow frybread. The first Indian frybread we tasted was Tohono O’odham frybread at the Mission San Xavier del Bac south of Tucson, Arizona. Later, during that same trip, we had Pueblo frybread at the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Was there much of a difference between the Tohono O’odham and Pueblo? Shape, size, texture, brown-ness?
      Hope y’all try this recipe!

      • Great Stone Face on July 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        The frybread at both places resembled yours alot — color, texture, no hole in the middle. I remember that the Pueblo cook was reassuring everyone that it was being cooked in canola oil.

        • Hilah on July 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

          Hmm. I wonder where the “hole in the middle” people are from, then…

          • Angel on July 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

            hole in the frybread is south dakota, Sioux Tribe.

          • Hilah on July 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

            Thank you for clarifying that, Angel!

          • Rob on March 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

            Its the Plains Cree….also you can save the fry bread and put the meat and fixings into a 60 gram bag of Nachos, cut the side and presto – Indian Tacos in a bag!
            Its awesome by the way..

          • Jana on February 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

            I grew up on the Navajo reservation, but I am not Navajo. I make fry bread with a hole in it like my Navajo friends. They may have a reason they make the whole, but my mom told me it was so that it doesn’t puff up like a sopapilla.

          • tanisha lesandrini on June 3, 2016 at 6:19 am

            Also potowatomi put holes in the center

          • Hilah on June 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

            Thank you Tanisha!

          • Chris Collins on October 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

            Some of the Cherokee ,NC native americans make them with a hole in the middle to keep the chili and other ingredients in place.

          • Hilah on October 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm

            Thank you!

          • Patty on September 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

            Ojibwe, Odawa, & Potawatomi also put a hole in our fry bread. The reason is to cook thoroughly… not for any other reason.

  4. Great Stone Face on July 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    P.S. Have a great summer! Thanks for the show!

    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

  5. Bev @ Bev Cooks on July 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Dyyyyyying. Like, dying.

    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Not before you eat dees tacos!

  6. Victor on July 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I used to make these all the time but as a dessert. Just fry the bread and top with some honey or Nutella. They are out of this world with Nutella.

    • Great Stone Face on July 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Everything is good with Nutella! The man at the local Lebanese deli told us his Mom used to send him to school with Nutellla-filled pita.

    • Hilah on July 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Mmmmmm. Oh man. With Nutella, they’d be like a chocolate donut of the best kind!

  7. Patrick Soltis on July 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve never had frybread, but my dad’s Central- and Southeast-European relatives used to make something that looked similar and was, if possible, even more of a menace to one’s health: langoş. The word is Hungarian and plural. They’re made from a yeast-raised dough that has mashed potatoes kneaded into it. After it rises it’s rolled out in circles and deep-fried, just as you did with the frybread. The finished langoş are slathered with melted butter and sour cream. I understand that they’re now popular as street food in Budapest. My only visit to Budapest was in 1999, and I didn’t see them then.

    • Hilah on July 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Holy Mackerel that sounds SO good. I imagine them being salty and buttery and… oh my. Must find recipe.

    • Beth Y on July 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I think I had something like this at a Hungarian food cart in London. It was flat grilled bread with a variety of things rolled into the dough itself. Mine had beef and maybe some herbs? And they served it with hummus slathered on it, a handful of lettuce and rolled up. SO good.

      • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        Oh, Beth, that sounds wonderful! Kind of like a pita bread I guess. Thanks for sharing!

  8. William on July 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You are # 1 (& not just cause it says so on your shoulder) you know I go for the Bison!

  9. Patrick Soltis on July 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Oops! As I look around the Internet, I find a consensus that “langoş” is not the correct spelling. It should be “lΓ‘ngos”. Apologies to all you people out there whose Hungarian is better than mine.

  10. jamsion on July 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Hey Hilah,For the milk in this did you use 2% or what? All I every have on hand is non-fat, you think that would be ok?thanks and keep your stove on!

    • Hilah on July 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Jamison! I used 2% but I think skim would work fine. Thanks for writing! πŸ™‚

  11. Uncle Mark on July 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks a lot Hilah! Steal my recipe and never mention where you got it from… haha, just joking’! Your website looks great, good job! We’re making my grandma “Muzzy’s Gumbo” today (pg. 21 of GiGi’s Yummy Cookbook). Okra season! Hope to see you guys soon.

    • Hilah on July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Bwahaha! Gotcha!
      Thanks for watching, Uncle Mark! Sadly, we still haven’t gotten GiGi’s Yummy Cookbook to load right so I had to wing it on this one. Hope they’re as good as Nita’s! We do need to get that book though. The gumbo recipe is one I definitely want to steal. πŸ˜‰ We love okra ’round here!

  12. Erin on July 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    So. I just found your site because of your Chick-Fil-Gay recipe (love it, by the way, so excited to try it!) and then I click to the homepage and you have INDIAN TACOS right up top.. I’m pretty sure we are friends that just haven’t met each other yet. So, Hi friend. Nice to meet you! I’m glad I found your blog!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Friend!
      Nice to meet you, too! Happy to hear we have the same taste in (potentially deadly) food. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for writing! I’m gonna go check out your site now, too!!!

  13. Robin W. on July 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks to Tumblr I discovered your blog through your Chick-Fil-Gay YouTube video. So I decided to check out your blog and I’m really digging it. I really like this recipe because it’s simple and I can easily convert it to vegetarian (I’m a vegetarian). I’m looking forward to more recipes.

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Robin!
      Yes, this is a great dish to convert to vegetarian. I have a vegetarian category on here, too, to save you some time looking around. I’m glad you found me. Thanks for writing!

  14. Drew on July 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    If you want to learn a bit more about how culturally significant Fry Bread is among the various nations of Native Americans… rent the movie “Smoke Signals” (1998) – the first ALL-Native American movie. There are a couple of segments about fry bread in that movie that are HILARIOUS. PS – I’ve never tried making it, but I’ll test out your recipe… all I need now is some elk, goat or buffalo meat…

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Omigosh! That movie is on my “to watch” list. My boyfriend showed me a clip of it – the one with the HUGE frybread – and yeah, I was like “We need to watch this whole thing, STAT!”

  15. alixe on July 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    brilliant! the first thing i saw on your site was the Chik-fil-Gay sandwich; looks delicious, and i get to support something important, so that’s just icing. then i started watching a bunch of other videos; those all look delicious.
    unfortunately, i happen to be on juice fast this week, so i just sit in front of my computer looking at your food, and drinking juice. but come this sunday, something is getting made, and i know it’s gonna be good.

    P.S.: you remind me of Phoebe from Friends. if Friends were on HBO.

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Hi Alixe!
      So glad you found me and thanks for looking around at the other recipes! I’m sure it’s torture right now. Or maybe it’s more like you get to escape into a fantasy world of solid food for a while. πŸ˜‰
      Have fun on Sunday!
      P.S. I love Lisa Kudrow. Did you ever see her HBO show The Comeback? Holy shit. That was some brilliant acting.

  16. Linda on July 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love you Hilah! You’re recipes are easy and so good! Just the way I like it. Did the whole Indian taco thing from the frybread, to the refried beans and stuff and boyhowdy were they great! Made your Key Lime Pie for dessert and it was great having something cool and creamy after the spiciness of the tacos. Will be making the frybread again this weekend but this time for breakfast with honey! Thanks girlie!

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Great combination, Linda! So glad y’all enjoyed the meal. Thanks for writing!

  17. M86 on July 22, 2012 at 4:27 am

    You are my new hero! I’ve always wanted to try Indian Tacos… Back up North, I always had them at county and state fairs and different festivals.
    Like the Chick-Fil-Gay sandwich, the frying always intimidates me! It’s so awesome you have a great video to go along with it! I’m crackin’ out the cast iron tomorrow!

    • Hilah on July 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Thank you! The Indian tacos are ridiculously easy and delicious. Hope you like them! The only thing to be careful of when frying is not to have the oil so deep that it overflows when you put your food in. You can see in this video, I got a little close for comfort at some points.
      Thanks for writing!

  18. podec on July 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Just found you this past weekend on our internet tv & you are spot on with the fried bread. I’ve made them recently & managed to make them way too thin. Will definitely be trying your thicker ones on the next go round.
    And could you not eat Indian Tacos every week? We made them one night & doused ’em with chili & shredded cheese & sour cream. Heaven!
    We also sprinkled one hot from the Crisco bath with cinnamon sugar & it was as close to an elephant ear pastry as a girl can get without having to wear her state fair hair.

    • Hilah on July 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Awesome, Podec! Thanks for stopping by the website. I’m so happy that the tacos were a hit! I can not believe it took me 30 years to find out about Indian tacos, either. What a shame. πŸ˜‰
      Can’t wait to hit the OK state fair in September and get an elephant ear.

  19. Amyeslate on July 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Hi, Hilah! Came across your frybread and Indian Taco recipe after seeing your ChikFilGay recipe. Takes me back to my days of employment with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. You could get frybread and tacos at their summer fairs and as treats when a family would sell them by the roadside for extra cash. They were fabulous, and I miss them. Now, armed with your recipe, I can now make ’em myself! Thanks, chick!

    • Hilah on July 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

      That makes me happy to hear, Amyeslate! I love food memories. Have fun with them!

  20. Dan The Man With The Master Plan on July 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and making it look so easy. I’m totally going to try this at home if I can find a kettle big enough to load up with cooking oil. It looks really yummy. I’d love to try it the New Mexico way topped with chopped roasted green chiles. –By the way, I came across your site from watching the Chick-Fil-Gay recipe and its been spreading like wildfire on Facebook. The lgbtq people of the world would like to thank you for standing up to corporate homofobia and bigot bullshit and fighting back in such a quirky creative way. You’re really good lookin on TV btw, and you remind me of a young Gwenyth Paltrow. Muah! Kisses.

    • Hilah on July 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Hope you try this one, Dan my Man! I can’t wait to go back to Oklahoma and get one of the giant ones they have at the date fair.

  21. Johnny on July 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Hilah
    I never heard of this kind of taco, man they are super. Thanks

    • Hilah on July 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you Johnny! Glad you liked them!

  22. Texascowman on October 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I really enjoyed your video on fry bread. I spent part of three years in New Mexico on the different Indian reservations and tried a lot of fry bread, but the best I had was on the Zuni reservation south of Gallup.

    • Hilah on October 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you! What a wonderful adventure that must have been. I’d love to see life on a reservation.

  23. Victor on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I command you to make a video on puffy tacos before the season is over. I recently discovered them and have not been the same since. Puffy tacos, puffy tacos!!!

  24. Jessi on October 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Delicious. I always wanted to make these and of course the meskwaki I live near by would never tell me their secret :p.
    Fun fact…meskwaki settlement is the only indian settlement in the united states.

    • Hilah on October 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Interesting, Jessi! I hope you try these and that they live up to your expectations. πŸ™‚ There’s a lot of ways to make them I’ve found out.

  25. karan on October 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    hi hilah!
    loved ur indian taco recipe, i also tried ur veggie burger…those turned out to be really awesome!…loved it! πŸ™‚

    • Hilah on October 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Karan! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

      • karan on November 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

        Hello Hilah !
        I being a Indian guy(the asian indian πŸ™‚ )….”spicy” indian food is not my thing…it would be great if u come up wid some fantabolous indian recipes without all the “burn in hell” spice thing… πŸ™‚
        Karan πŸ™‚

        P.s : You have become a star in india !

        • Hilah on November 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

          Hi Karan!
          I have been meaning to do some Indian food on the show. We love it! Any particular requests?
          Thanks for writing! πŸ™‚

          • karan on November 15, 2013 at 1:49 am

            Hello there! πŸ™‚
            For starters…Chicken Tikka
            I’ve had many variations of thia dish…be it the british(it’s their national dish! ), the original indian version…and even a chinese version of it ! Damn! πŸ™‚
            So why don’t you give an American twist to it?
            I’m pretty sure a talented chef like you would come up wid something great ! πŸ™‚
            Check out Biryani…they say it’s one of the most complicated dish in the world…takes years to perfect it! Give it a shot! πŸ™‚
            Karan πŸ™‚

          • Hilah on November 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

            Thanks for those suggestions! πŸ™‚

  26. Harold on November 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I like your cooking style. Simple, minimal pots, pans, utensils used. Some of your meals though, could use a few more veggies to make them a little more healthy. Frozen vegetable blends offer an acceptable alternative to fresh, so for meals for 1 or 2, there is minimal waste. Stay away from canned vegetables as much as possible. Just a thought.

    Where were you 40 years ago when I was learning to make simple, quick meals? I had to use the, if it is from a box or seasoning packet, I can do this…

    • Hilah on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Hi Harold!
      I totally agree on the convenience and healthiness of keeping a few bags of frozen veggies on hand. I also try to avoid canned things generally. Thanks for writing! I’m happy to hear your thoughts any time. πŸ™‚

  27. Mel on December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    I just found you on youtube. Your recipe for frybread is great. I’m Hochunk from Wisconsin and the frybread recipe that I inherited from my female relatives is very similar to yours. We, meaning all North American first nations people, received government surplus foods (they’re called “commodity” foods) and adapted our traditional recipes accordingly. We’re still doing it today, as I prefer to use two parts non-bleached flour blended with one part mesquite flour, sometimes I even substitute some whole wheat flour, depending on my meal plans. I also use canola oil for frying. Keep up the good work!!

    • Hilah on December 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Mel! πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful that you use traditional ingredients like mesquite flour. I had no idea anyone did. What is it like? I imagine it’s a little sweet.

  28. Squish on December 12, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Just want to shout Hey. I surely enjoy your real ness,for real.
    You crack me up. I love to cook too, and often my neighbors say wow that
    Dish you made yesterday was awesome. I always feed my neighbors the to be leftovers before they are leftovers. Love to cook. Enjoy your carefree manner. Glad I tuned in and will make it a habit.
    Got a great veggie pizza recipe I can make for my guy?
    He will eat egg and cheese just not animals.
    Thanks and see you soon.

    Squish. ( name is Trisha and my guy thinks I am petite so he nicknamed me “Squish”

    His name is Mike and he has a hairy behind so I nicknamed him “Furbutt”

    • Hilah on December 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks, Squish! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you found me.
      I did a video on homemade pizza dough and sauce here.
      My favorite veg toppings are artichoke hearts, diced and fried potatoes, mushrooms, spinach or arugula, goat cheese and mozzarella.
      Say hi to Furbutt! πŸ™‚

  29. Rod on January 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Any cooking video that has me thinking of this : the entire time I’m watching it has got to be great! Can’t wait to make these!

    • Hilah on January 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Ha! I love that. Thanks, Rod. πŸ™‚

      • Rod on January 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

        I’ d hoped you’ d see the fun in it…Anyway, can’ t get these things out of my mind and was wondering about substituting Almond milk for the real moo-lk. Mom’ s on a low iodine diet and can’ t have milk/dairy except in very limited amounts. Any experience wth this sort of ingredient? If it works, it would,no doubt, be some kind of coup in the world of Navajo/hippie culinary fusion.

        • Hilah on January 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

          I think that would work. In my experience, all those non-dairy milks sub just fine for regular milk in baking anyway.

  30. Miranda on January 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    I grew up on standing rock and Cheyenne river reservations in south Dakota. Can’t wait to try your recipe to see how it compares to the fry bread I’m used to. Btw no holes in Dakotan fry bread πŸ™‚ We used to hold school fundraisers and sell fry bread at basketball games ha

    Probably going to ask for your book for my birthday too


    • Hilah on January 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Miranda!
      Thank you for chiming it here. I’m very curious to see how this recipe holds up to the one you grew up with. Hope it’s as good! πŸ™‚

  31. Amanda on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Hilah!

    My husband found you on Youtube and now we’re both totally addicted to your channel. I made this Indian Fry Bread hoping that it would taste like the kind I had when I visited a reservation when I was littly bitty. Well, it did and now we’re stuffed to the max on Indian Tacos. So filling! My hubby made his into a kind of pita and chowed down. Now we have this idea to make a batch once a week so he can take it for lunches when he’s cruising timber (He’s a forester). We love that you’re from Austin because you sound like us and shop at H.E.B. lol We from East Texas. Anyways, We truly enjoy you and thank you for teaching me all kinds of things already!


    • Hilah on February 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Amanda!
      Hooray! Your note made me so happy. Yes I think these would make good portable and hearty lunches. πŸ™‚ Hope to hear from you again!

  32. Rita on April 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hi Hilah,
    Thanks for making this video on how to make Indian Tacos. Im Native American & im engaged to a white guy. He has never tried Indian Tacos & i been looking how to make them when i came across your website. Indian Tacos are awesome one of the best food ever invented lol . Im definatly making some for him tonight for supper πŸ™‚

    • Hilah on April 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thank you, Rita! πŸ™‚ I hope your boyfriend liked them and hope they lived up to your memory of them.

  33. jenny on May 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Loved the tacos at the okc state fairs,the only reason I went to the fair,going to make.

    • Hilah on May 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      The first time I had one was at the OK state fair. They are so good, and definitely one reason we go. Hope you like these, Jenny!

  34. Em on May 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Remember watching this video last year hadn’t cooked really that much before and decided to make it, it was so good and it got me watching other foodie youtube videos and cooking more and more. Now changing career and off to culinary school in September, thanks for inspiring!

    • Hilah on June 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Wow! Best of luck to you, Em! πŸ™‚

  35. Brian on May 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Just wanted to chime in! Best way to eat frybread, if it’s not being loaded up with toppings, is with sugar or honey but it’s fine all by itself even.

    Also, don’t skimp on the milk when making these. I made them over and over and I always had them turn out tough and flat. Then a buddy of mine told me that it was probably the milk I was using. He said his Seminole grandmother always made them with buttermilk and cut butter or lard into the dough as well. I tried it and it was night and day. The butter/lard isn’t strictly necessary but I wouldn’t use less than whole milk myself.

    • Hilah on May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you, Brian! That is good to note about whole vs skim or other milk. I bet buttermilk would be especially good.

  36. Eric Miller on July 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve made your version before and they are awesome! I’m making them tonight for all of my family to eat :] and I’m pretty excited. They’re exactly how I remember tasting them from from when I was younger, keep hustling hilah!

    • Hilah on August 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks, Eric! I’m so glad you like this recipe. πŸ™‚

  37. Leigha on August 29, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Hi! I came across this recipe via Pinterest and I never learned how to make Navajo style frybread. I am Cherokee from Oklahoma (my ancestors were forcibly removed from the east.. Grr..) and my mom uses ground beef in place of taco meat actually. Also, to make the frybread we do sometimes just use flour & water (haha no milk, too lactose intolerant) and it does taste pretty good like that actually. We don’t make our frybread thin and rounded, it is usually smaller and fluffy! I’m totally craving NDN tacos now! πŸ™‚
    Have you ever gotten around to watching Smoke Signals? Funniest movie & has that native humor for sure!! πŸ˜€

    • Hilah on August 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hi Leigha!
      I’m so glad you found me. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your family’s way of making this. It’s so interesting how one basic recipe can have numerous incarnations.
      And thanks for the reminder about Smoke Signals!

  38. Cafe Spice on October 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the recipe. The creation of this dish seems to have come from a sad part of history. Good read.

  39. Francesca on November 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, I was just curious as to what kind of oil you used? Corn? Vegetable? Peanut? Would anything work for this recipe? Thanks!

    • Hilah on November 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Francesca!
      I like peanut or canola for frying.

  40. Suchitra on April 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe for frybread. I’ve been wanting to make frybread ever since I saw the movie Smoke Signals and heard about it.

    • Hilah on April 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Hi Suchitra!
      I love that scene in the movie. Hope you try the fry bread!

  41. Jeff patke on August 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

    The best Navajo taco I ever had was from old town in Albq. It had a spicy green sauce

  42. LINDA on September 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Well, I ate my first Indian Taco this past weekend at an Indian Festival or Native American Festival, since as a Cherokee spokesman pointed out, as one of the emcees, that they never lived in India, and that the term Indian came from Europeans who came here to the original home of the people native to this land before it became the United States….Native Americans. The Native American Taco was delicious!

  43. LINDA on March 6, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Back in 1963, our 3rd grade class in Madison, Indiana learned to cook a form of fried corn cakes. We had a real good teacher, and she had to be to trust nine year olds with a little burner and corn meal. i had some Indian fry bread tacos last fall at the Ocmulgee Indian Festival in Macon, Georgia. Delicious. Thanks for the email and video demo.

  44. britney on April 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Best recipe I’ve ever tried! I used a glass baking dish and blended everything except the flour part with a blender ( I didn’t have a mixer). Turned out amazing.

  45. Don on April 14, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I am from Calif my mom and dad are promo Indian they have been making fry bread ever since I can remember some Times they put a hole in the middle and some Times they didn’t i asked why they told me the one with the hole will cook flatter but for me it’s all good

  46. Don on April 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Type o pomo not promo

  47. Mark on August 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Does this dough do well made ahead of time and refrigerated for a few days?

    • Hilah on August 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I haven’t tried it, Mark. I think it would probably be okay, but it’s likely that the dough would lose a lot of its rise and fluffiness after a day in the fridge.

    • Brian on August 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I wouldn’t refrigerate it. Since it is a type of quick/flat bread the dough really shouldn’t be stored. It makes up pretty quick, unlike yeast breads, so you’re not really saving much time by making it in advance.

  48. TashinaLynn on February 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Us Ojibwe in northern Minnesota like to cut our frybreads in half (like a bagel) and use the taco ingredients to make a “burger”, easier for the little ones to eat that way too! πŸ™‚

  49. Christina on February 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I made this and it was awesome! I will make it again! Thanks.

    • Roy Shivers on January 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      I am Creek Indian of the Muscogee Nation. Fry Bread has always been one of my favorites! I make it all the time. Try brushing the outside of the bread with honey butter, this makes it taste mlm even better. Tacos are a meal that came along many many years after the fry bread. I truly like the tacos as well but it’s just hard to beat good ol fry bread!

      • Hilah on February 1, 2021 at 9:41 am

        Thank you for writing, Roy! I love the idea of honey butter on the fry bread

  50. Sandra on May 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I added a pinch of yeast to this recipe and SHEIT! Mmmm yummy. Thank you????

  51. Rhiannon Burley on December 17, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I enjoyed making it, nice and light .
    I misplaced my grams recipe then found yours and made it. Turned out great!
    Made Indian tacos!!!! Yeah!!!! πŸ˜€
    Gotta say i was a little worried because it was pretty soft and sticky, but it turned out PERFECT!
    I doubled it, was barely enough for our family of 6. So… i will triple it next time πŸ™‚

    • Hilah on December 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Super happy to hear that, Rhiannon! πŸ˜€

  52. Victor Austin on August 9, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I saw your YouTube channel and this recipe for what Canadian Aboriginal people call bannock when you first posted the video. I expressed back then the recipe for bannock aka frybread varies just the same as spaghetti sauce recipes varies from one another.

    I see all the awful comments about a non Aboriginal making bannock according to how she learned as very sad.

    Italian people do not get angry about non Italian people making spaghetti sauce according to the way they were taught.

    Your knowledge about First Nations people (Aboriginal, native, Indian) also varies according to the different parts of North America.

    Just because what you know about the history of Aboriginal First Nations in the area you live doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

    I am sorry that my people have gone on your page for trying to share an obvious delectable dish because the recipe varies from how they were taught.

    Not all First Nations people are like that.

    Our traditional people welcome all who enjoy and want to spread Aboriginal culture to the world.

    By the way in Canada we like to be referred to as First Nations people since we were the first inhabitants of Canada’s great territories.

    I am not offended in any way of your referral to our traditional staple as Indian frybread.

    But the term Indian in Canada is going the way of the Dodo bird.

    Aboriginal people in Canada have not settled treaties for our lands as some of Aboriginal Americans have.
    We are in a new age where Aboriginal people are regaining our rights and lands that were taken from us long ago.

    Also there is so many First Nations that span both countries of Canada and America that we don’t traditionally recognize our two N American countries as seperate.

    For instance there are both Cree and Mohawk First Nations on both sides of the border hence we still think of N America as well as one nation.

    Take care Hilah and look forward to new Aboriginal food recipes that you come across.

    I live in Vancouver BC Canada but I grew up in Northern British Columbia.

    • Hilah on August 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Thank you so much, Victor! I have heard the term First Nations and agree it is a good descriptor. People don’t use “Indian” here really anymore, except this bread, I think. πŸ˜‰ even the Native Americans we know in Oklahoma still call it Indian fry bread.

      I think that is an important observation that the first people’s tribes did cross our modern-day borders. Same thing on the southern US border, too. We 3 countries are all one continent!

  53. Kathleen Marion on August 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I have not had the opportunity to try the recipe, but just thought you should know that your printer friendly page not only prints the recipe in such a small font that you can’t read it, it also prints out every single comment on this page. Colossal waste of paper!

    • Hilah on August 15, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Sorry about that. Just redid the site and that bug is fixed now

  54. Tammy Haller on September 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Your name sounds like an affirmation… lol.
    I have been told that the “Hole” is actually a practicality. As the bread comes from the oil, it can then be transferred to a stick or pole to cool. (No need for trays) As the stick is passed, every one gets a “Loaf” beginning with elders.(freshest) or Guests ( symbolic hospitality). There are no doubt, many many legends. Our native culture is facinating and rich. The philosophy of attaching life lessons to every aspect of life has unfortunately become a distant memory for most. I am looking forward to to trying your recipie, and letting it lead me to many more

    • Hilah on September 5, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi Tammy!

      Thank you so much for sharing this explanation. I hope you like the fry bread recipe πŸ™‚

  55. debbi on November 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Hilah what’s good for lower back pain (no drugs)

    • Hilah on February 2, 2018 at 11:21 am


  56. Sami on November 15, 2017 at 6:08 am

    My Southern (Scottish heritage) mamaw made these a lot! We ate them covered in butter and jelly that had been mashed together with a Mmmmm

  57. Sis on December 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I have made Indian Tacos several times. I have made it using frozen bread dough. I know it is not the original way but it makes for a light and fluffy taco and works great when I do not have or want to take the time to make it the real way. It is a raised dough but it still taste great. Fry bread and chili is also a great go together meal.

    • Hilah on December 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      That’s a great shortcut, Sis! Thanks for sharing

  58. Rainie on August 22, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Can I make the bread ahead of time and heat it up later?

    • Hilah on August 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      I haven’t done it, but I *think* if would work if you fried the bread, let them cool completely on racks so they don’t get soggy. Then refrigerated and reheat in the oven to crisp them up again – maybe 350ΒΊF for 5-10 mins? That part is a total guess!

  59. Joel Salt on June 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I want to set things straight… It’s really Navajo Taco AKA NDN tacos… Frybread was created during the long walk where Navajo’s where round up like be animals and the smallests refuseal was a lost of life. Close to a million Navajo’s die and everything they owned gone to fires. Things like fields, live stock, and homes. Like was saying though, the rations handed out by the army for us to survive on wasn’t much and the same time we didn’t know how to cook with it. Some families wouldn’t get enough so they would pick though house manure, just hoping to find some grain that the horses eat. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard if the trail of tears but never the long walk. It’s so devastating how the navajos never get any credit or brought up of any struggles that we have been going through. Just like this coronavirus, the impact is so overwhelming but do you hear about it.
    Sorry if I went to far but people never understand how something were just created, including myself

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