This bread is used as the basis for Navajo Tacos and can also be folded over
a stuffing and eaten as a sandwich. At special events through the Southwest they
are cooked in large round pots over open mesquite fires by Native Americans. Fry
Bread is often served sprinkled with confectioners' sugar or drizzled with honey.
Sometimes chopped onions and chiles are mixed into the dough. The Ute tribe forms
the tortillas in the same way as fry bread, but they cook them over a charcoal grill
outdoors or over an open fire. This method also makes delicious Fry Bread.
Fry Bread is served on the plaza at San Xavier Mission Del Bac (White Dove of
the Desert) in Tucson, pow wows, rodeos, etc.
3 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water or milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or shortening
Oil or shortening, for deep frying
Measure dry ingredients into a deep mixing bowl.
Add shortening and knead with hands until dough is in small pea-size pieces.
Add warm, not hot, water and knead with hands until dough is smooth and
leaves sides of bowl. Knead for at least 5 minutes.
Cover with a clean dish towel, and place in a warm place to rise for 30
This is the secret for tender fry bread - kneading and resting.
Divide dough into portions about golf-ball size and pat, slap, or roll out
as round as possible, 1/4 inch thick.
Fry in hot shortening or oil about 1 inch in depth. Fry both sides until
light golden, not dark brown.
Top with refried beans, confectioners' sugar or honey.