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Indian Tacos

October 7, 2014Danita

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Saturday was National Taco Day!  If you’ve been here very often you know I love the “National Food Days” AND I really LOVE Tacos!  

As it turns out, we recently had tacos (although, there’s rarely a time when we haven’t “recently” had tacos) but these were a new kind, for us. 

I’ve been making Indian Fry Bread with chili for a long time, almost ever since I married my husband.  A few years ago we were visiting his family (the Indian side) in Oklahoma and at a restaurant I had these amazing Indian Tacos, using fry bread as the “shell”.  I’m not sure what took me so long to make them at home but I’ve just gotten around to it.  My family LOVED these, my husband even requested them again only a couple of days later!  

This is a super easy recipe using taco meat, refried beans, cheese, lettuce and salsa.  It’s great for a fresh take on tacos.  The recipe makes eight pieces of Indian Bread, which isn’t great left over.  If you don’t need that many cut the recipe in half, or use the extras for dessert by spreading with butter and honey to make homemade sopapillas….which I’m going to blog, eventually.  

Here’s the Recipe:

I recipe Indian Fry Bread (makes 8)

1lb hamburger

1 package taco seasoning (or 3 Tbsp)

1 can refried beans

lettuce – shredded

cheese, Mexican cheese blend or cheedar – shredded


lime wedges

sour cream



Prepare Fry Bread dough and set aside to rest 

Cook hamburger while dough is resting

Add taco seasoning and about 2/3 cup water ( or follow package directions)

Heat beans in a separate pan

Turn meat and beans on low heat to stay warm and Fry the Indian Bread

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When bread is done spread with layer of beans 

*Putting the beans on first helps hold the other topping on*

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Add layer of taco meat

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Top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream or your favorite taco topping.

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Another quick and easy weeknight dinner!


Indian Tacos
Yields 8
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  1. I recipe Indian Fry Bread (makes 8)
  2. 1lb hamburger
  3. 1 package taco seasoning (or 3 Tbsp)
  4. 1 can refried beans
  5. lettuce - shredded
  6. cheese, Mexican cheese blend or cheedar - shredded
  7. salsa
  8. lime wedges
  9. sour cream
  10. tomatoes
  1. Prepare Fry Bread and set aside
  2. Cook hamburger thoroughly, add taco seasoning and about 2/3 cup water ( or follow package directions)
  3. Heat beans in a separate pan
  4. Spread layer of beans onto Fry Bread
  5. Add layer of taco meat
  6. Top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream or your favorite taco topping.
  1. Starting with the beans helps everything else stick to the "taco"
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  • Rebecca Hubbell

    October 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Oh, I’ve always wanted to try these! They sound amazing!

  • debi

    October 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I love those Indian Fry Bread tacos! I haven’t made them at home before, but now I can. Thanks!

  • Pure Grace Farms

    October 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I have always wanted to try fry bread. Your recipe looks like a delicious way to start. Yum!

  • Kelly the Take Action WAHM

    October 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Oh, that’s a yummy switch on tacos – thanks, Danita!

  • Pixie Dust Savings (@PixieDustSaving)

    October 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Looks like a great recipe! I have never tried indian fry bread before, will have to check that out. I love tacos and those look delicious!

  • Katie

    October 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Mmm Fry bread dough, haven’t tried it, but it sounds good!

  • Christine

    October 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    This looks so tasty! I’ve never had Indian Fry Bread, but always wanted to try it!

  • Jamie H

    October 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    We have a reservation about 15 minutes away that has a dance festival every year and a rodeo. I love going to see the awesome display of traditional dancing, but also for the food! They always have Indian Tacos on fry bread, and they are SO good! Pinning!

  • anglemoine

    October 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Love this!!! The fry bread sounds AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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