Fluffy Recipe


Can we use Organic and whole grains? And Bake instead of fry? Jillian asked:) Good point!

More like baked Pie Crust? A thought:) I did that alot for the children, with different toppings .

  • TOPPINGS: or other spicey topping
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups oil for frying, or as needed

Combine beans and 2 tablespoons of picante sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until heated through. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with taco seasoning mix according to seasoning mix package directions. Cover, and keep warm while you prepare the fry bread.

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk, and mix until the dough comes together. Add more flour if necessary to be able to handle the dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, at least 5 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large, deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Oil should be about 1 1/2 inches deep. Break off 3/4 cup sized pieces of dough, and shape into round discs 1/4 inch in thickness, making a thinner depressed area in the center or just a hole. Fry breads in the hot oil until golden on both sides, turning only once. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Top fry bread with beans, ground beef, lettuce and cheese. Spoon picante sauce over. You can also top with other of your favorite taco toppings, such as onion, sour cream or guacamole.
  4. Marvelous. SO SIMPLE! instant read thermometer was essential. Oil must be at 365 degrees to make a perfect texture. NO colder.
  5. These are a really good twist on tacos with the fry bread.


If you have any fry bread leftover try them with ice cream (unbelievable).

OR buy authentic Indian fry bread mix. Named”ha-pah-shu-TSE”…can be found at most large grocers.It’s already mixed, just add a bit of warm water to the mix in a glass bowl,cover with a damp towel and place in a warm over or a warm spot for 2 or 3 hours. (makes the bread lighter and fluffy).Tear the dough into 4 seperate pieces and roll them out pencil thin before deep frying. YUM!!

Be sure to dust the dough ball with flour before handling and make sure to keep your surface dusted with flour and your hands too as long as you are patting out the dough.

The old way was to poke a hole in the middle. Indian women would turn the breads using a stick. My Grandma still did it that way! Try drizzling melted butter on the breads and spreading with Salal or wild huckleberry jam on them. A sprinkling of powdered sugar on top – so good!

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