Indian Taco

Total Time:
20 min
10 min
10 min

6 servings

  • Seasoned Hamburger:
  • 1 pound ground chuck or sirloin
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • Frybread:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon lard or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Grated cheese, as an accompaniment
  • Chopped tomatoes, as an accompaniment
  • Chopped onions, as an accompaniment
  • Chopped green chiles, as an accompaniment
  • Chopped olives, as an accompaniment
  • Salsa, as an accompaniment
  • Sour cream, as an accompaniment

Brown the beef in saute pan over medium-high heat. Add taco seasoning, to taste. Add refried beans. Mix well and set aside.

For the Frybread: Mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and powdered milk. Add lard or margarine and mix. Add water to make dough soft. Refrigerate until use. Dough will keep several days.

In a heavy skillet, heat 3/4-inch of oil to 375 degrees F.

Pat or roll out dough into about 6 (1/4 to 3/8-inch thick) rounds. Slide into hot oil. Puncture once or twice. Fry until golden brown. Flip the dough over and fry other side to golden brown. Take out and drain on paper towels.

Spoon some meat onto hot bread and top with your choice of the following: cheese, tomatoes, onions, green chiles, olives, salsa, and sour cream.

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    the Indian tacos I get on the Muckleshoot reservation in Auburn, Wa don't have green chiles, onions or refried beans...or taco seasoning for that matter. But they do use chili with the ground beef and beans. The fry bread sounds similar, but try getting one of the native women to give you their recipe! I think that goes down with old family secrets. the Indian tacos are fantastic but much more rustic than presented here. These are thrown together for fundraisers and family get togethers...not quite so polished. But HOLY COW! So yummy!
    lol. this is under mexican foods and it's really an Native American dish. psh
    I lost my moms recipe and found this one. We had family and friends over and it was a hit!
    "Hey, Victor! You mother makes the best Fry Bread in the WHOLE WORLD!!!" 
    (quote from Smoke Signals ...great movie! 
    Always looking for the best Fry Bread recipe. When we visit or call Indian Casinos we always ask if they have "Indian Tacos"... We stopped at a casino in New Mexico because they had Indian Tacos. We were sitting at a table enjoying our discovery and my wife praised the taco by saying the movie line: "Hey Victor! Your mother makes the best Fry Bread in the whole world!" The Native American employee working the buffet line heard her and gave the next line in the movie! It was great but it tells you what can happen when you have real Indian Fry Bread! 
    This recipe was good and highly above average. We are still looking for Victor's mother and her recipe. Keep making them, folks. Great food anytime... just ask restaurants if they serve them and perhaps one day they will add them to their menu...
    Great Recipe
    Ive been making Indian Tacos all my life with my family at Pow Wow and other festivals. Ive never used seasoning nor refried beans. If you want the best tasting tacos make everything fresh. Buy a bag of pinto beans soak them and then cook them slow. Add Ham Hocks (cook first the add to beans for flavor. Cook hamburger meat then add to your beans with an hour left to cook. I cook my beans from 6 to 8 hours. I use fresh shredded cheese, diced onions (fresh, chopped lettuce, fresh chopped tomatoes. NEVER USE CANNED BEANS. In the Frybread all I use is Blue Bird Flour (the best Baking Powder, Salt and warm water. Cook dough in Conala Oil. I dont measure I just add by eye. Thats the way I was tought. Others do your powdered milk and sugar. They all taste great but I never make it that way. Just the way I was tought. Hope you try this and like it.
    This isn't Mexican~! It is Native American... I am also from Oklahoma and have been making frybread with my grandmother since I was little... This may be a way to make fry bread but not the way I knew...
    what is your recipe for frybread please.
    I'm sorry but I have been making fry bread since I was a teenager. I grew up in Oklahoma and I am Native American (which you don't have to be to make this...) but I learned my recipe from an elder. You just need the basics - flour, salt, egg, milk and some sugar. You don't even need to roll it out. Once mixed just put on surface with flour until no longer sticky, divide into balls and press into the size you want with your hands. Poke couple holes in center and fry in hot oil or grease. Then fry ground beef, drain. To make it easy just add pkg. of taco season with a little water and a can of kidney beans, drained, simmer until liquid is asorbed. Put meat mixture on fry bread add toppings desired, I add picante, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, onions, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. Simple, easy and delish! Also yummy when drizzled with honey.
    The fry bread was very nice and golden, but still soft inside after only about 1 to 1 & a half minutes of frying at medium to medium high heat (only flipping once to brown each side, which is perfect. Did not put the beans in with the meat, instead I just spread some beans on each shell and that worked well to keep the meat in the taco. Also used butter instead of margarine or lard. The bread also tastes really good on its own with some honey or maple syrup drizzled on it (almost like a pancake. ^_^
    Get tired of hard or soft shell tacos? This is a great spin on a great traditional meal!
    I followed the recipe exactly...... the fry bread will burn at this temp and the center will not get cooked thoroughly. Also the re-fried beans dry out the meat mixture... I say ditch the beans and use the taco meat topped with ranch style beans instead. Also fry the bread at a slightly cooler temp.
    This recipe is awesome! I love the bread. No more stale taco shells for us! This bread is even good for breakfast the next morning. Thanks for the recipe. It was a nice break from the 'usual' taco!
    Omit the sugar & fry in lard, will be exactly as made by the Navajos I learned from, can also use canned chili with beans and no other spices.
    I just moved to Louisiana from Arizona and was craving some southwestern style foods, I tried this out and not only was it delicious, but the entire family was stuffed and most couldn't even finish one fry bread piece. I substituted chicken for the ground beef, great recipe.
    It was easy to make, and fun. It was
     nice to have a little spin on regular
     tacos for a change.
    Easy and tasty
    this dish is very easy to make. one tip is only make as much dough as your family can eat don't make all of it. remember it can keep for 7 days.
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