It's fair time and that means time to enjoy your favorite fried foods! One of my all time favorite fair foods is Navajo tacos, also called Indian tacos. I realize many people have probably never heard of Navajo tacos. It's a unique dish to my area and a local favorite. Usually when you order one of these tacos, the fry bread is as big as the plate and its almost impossible to eat the whole thing. It also comes with a healthy serving of red or green chili. The secret to these tacos is the fry bread. It's basically fried dough. And its good. You can eat the fry bread plain or add honey much like a sopapilla or enjoy it with a dusting of powdered sugar, but I like my fry bread served with the taco toppings. Do you have a favorite fair food such as candy apples, cotton candy, or funnel cake? I like them all!
If you'd like to try Navajo tacos, just use the recipe below.
Fry bread - the secret to great Navajo tacos!
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 pund ground beef
1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed
1 packet (1.5 oz) low salt taco seasoning mix
3/4 cup water
4 Tablespoons tomato paste
cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add milk. Mix together to form dough. Kneed on lightly floured surface for five minutes or until smooth ball forms. Let dough rest.
2. Brown beef in skillet. Drain. Add taco seasoning and water to skillet and stir into the beef. Cover and simmer on low heat about 10 minutes. Add drained kidney beans and tomato paste. Stir well. Keep covered on low heat stirring occasionally
3. Cut ball of dough in half. With hands or rolling pin, flatten the dough. It should look like pizza dough and be about 1/2 inch thick.
4. In separate skillet, heat vegetable oil. Gently place flattened dough one at a time into the hot oil. Cook dough for about one minute or until it just begins to turn golden brown. Using tongs, turn the dough over and cook the other side 30 seconds to a minute. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
5. While fry bread is hot, top with warm chili, cheese, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.
Another great way to enjoy tacos!