Indian Fry Bread Recipes, Hints & Videos

Indian Fry Bread Recipes, Hints & Videos

Popular in the Southwest, Indian Fry Bread is a Native American food. Made from leavened and flattened dough, it is deep fried in oil, shortening or lard. In appearance and taste, it is a lot like Elephant Ears. It can then be loaded with beef, beans and cheese to make a "Navajo Taco". If being served as dessert, Indian Fry Bread is topped with powdered sugar or honey.

Indian Fry Bread is traditionally served in the home and at gatherings like state fairs. It has been stereotyped as a Native American food though it has crossed cultural and ethnic lines in its popularity. Although it's not a particularly healthy food because it is fried, you can take some of the sting out of it by using a healthier oil such as peanut or canola in your frying.

Indian Fry Bread Recipes

Indian Fry Bread

This is a fantastic and very simple way of making Indian bread.


2 qt. peanut oil

3 C. flour (all-purpose) sifted

1 Tbs. baking powder

1 C. warm water


Combine flour, baking powder in large mixing bowl, add warm water in small amounts and knead dough until soft but not sticky. (Sometimes more flour or water will be needed). Cover bowl and let stand for about 15 minutes. Pull of large egg-sized balls of dough and roll out into rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Punch hole in center of each round, piercing several times with fork to allow dough to puff. In heavy skillet fry rounds in peanut oil until bubbles appear on dough. Turn over and fry on the other side until golden brown. Top with your favorite toppings.

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