Navajo Fry Bread


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Native American Fry bread has a bittersweet history.  When the Native Americans were force to relocate off of their land to settle on reservations, they traveled on what we now call the Trail of Tears, which was a dangerous and long journey in which many people became sick and died on the trail.  Fry Bread was invented from ingredients that were given to the Natives from the government.  Within the rations given, were flour, and lard, amongst other things.  The Native american tribes had to make do with what they had, so they combined flour, and water to make a basic dough and then fried in lard.  Different Native tribes have their own recipes but this is a basic recipe that is delicious, rich and goes with just about anything you eat it with.


  • 4 cups of white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of lard or oil for deep frying


Step 1

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Step 2

Add warm water

Step 3

Knead the dough until soft and elastic and does not stick to the mixing bowl.

Step 4

Cover the dough for at least 15 minutes.

Step 5

Form doughballs about the size of a peach, and then flatten with your hands ( like making pizza) until disc shape

Step 6

Heat lard or oil over medium high heat (350f) and gently add the dough into the oil or lard. Fry each side until golden brown. Be sure not to have the oil too hot as this can quickly burn the outside too quickly.

Step 7

Serve with honey butter, sugar and cinnamon. Tip: Put taco meat and fixings on top of the fry bread to have Native American Tacos!

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