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8.29.2011

Navajo Tacos


   If you arent familiar with Navajo Tacos, then you have been missing out! It is a bread dough that is deep fried, and topped with chili and all your favorite taco fixings. These tacos are very popular in the Southwest region of the country. I grew up eating these at festivals here in Southern Utah. They are so yummy!

   The traditional navajo bread dough is a non-yeast dough. There are many recipes for it I've found on the internet. I normally just use frozen Rhodes dinner roll dough, and it works perfectly. I usually make these in the Fall, especially around Halloween. I remember one year I made them for a Halloween party we had at our house. Emma was only 2 months old, and I was standing in my kitchen frying 50 of these babies and ready to pull my hair out! Ha. But it was so worth it in the end. They were a HUGE hit. Everyone loved them!


Navajo Tacos

20 frozen Rhodes dinner roll dough, thawed OR use refrigerated dinner roll dough (like Pillsbury)
Vegetable Oil, for frying
Recipe for Navajo Taco Meat (see below) OR use your favorite homemade chili recipe
Your favorite Taco Toppings (lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc)


NAVAJO TACO MEAT

1 lb Ground beef
1 (28oz) can diced Tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 packet Chili Seasoning 
1 (6 oz) can Tomato Paste
1 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained

DIRECTIONS:  Cook ground beef in a skillet. Once browned, drain grease. Add ground beef and all the other ingredients into a large crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours.


TO MAKE TACOS:  In a small 8 inch skillet, pour in enough oil to fill it 2/3 full. Set heat to medium-low. Let oil heat up for atleast 20 minutes before frying dough.

Once oil is ready, take 2 of the thawed Rhodes rolls and press them together to make one ball of dough. Press dough into a flat circle. Carefully, place dough into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until nice and golden. Remove from oil, and lay fried dough onto a paper towel lined plate to let soak up grease. Repeat with all other rolls.  

Place one fry-bread onto a plate, and top with 1/2 cup of chili. Top with all your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!














 

28 comments:

Siggy Spice said...

Wowzers Holly...these look GREAT! I have the Okinawian Taco Rice on my menu plan this week, but I think next week, I will have to do this for our Mexican dish! Great, great job!

Michael Ann said...

I ate dinner already, but this is making me hungry all over again! Looks totally yummy. Great recipe! I really, really like the simple recipes on your blog.

So Domesticated said...

Yes! I love fried foods... yum!

Val said...

I have never had these but I intent to make this delish dish soon!!

Candace said...

These were one of my favorite things to eat when I lived in New Mexico. So.good! I love that you've used Rhodes dough. It tastes sooooo good and makes these seriously doable for me. Now, if I only had some Hatch chile to put on top, I would be all set. Thank you for sharing your recipe and bringing back such a wonderful food memory to me!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

It's 9am and I am now hungry for these tacos!!! Seriously, they sound awesome. You know how I love my tacos!!! Can't wait to try em!

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

YUM! I love tacos and these sound fabulous. I've never tried them this way, but now I really want to!

Mal said...

I have never heard of these, they sound amazing!

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Sinful Sundays said...

I need this in my life soon! Deep fried dough with taco fixings?! Omg I want it. Looks so good!

claire said...

mmm! that sounds amazing... a dish everyone would love! thanks for sharing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, those tacos look so scrumptious! I am drooling. Deep fried food is always fantastic. ;-P

Cheers,

Rosa

Hazel said...

These sound much better than regular tacos... almost like a southwest version of bruschetta?! I am definitely going to have to try making these babies!

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I've heard of these but have never tried them yet. I think the frying part just scared me. I think I can handle it with your instructions, though!

Candy said...

I've never heard of Navajo tacos but they look fantastic!

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

I love Navajo Tacos. I haven't had them in at least a dozen years. I grew up in NM and one of my friends had a very cool mom that would make these for us whenever we asked. (I'm pretty certain that my own mother has never fried something in oil in her life. ha ha)

I can't believe they worked so well with the pre-made rolls! That is great. What a huge timesaver for you. I can't even fathom frying up 50 of these!

Aimee said...

Yum, looks better than our FAILURE dinner tonight!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Wow. I have been missing out. I am trying these soon. Delicious.

scratch-made wife said...

Whoah ... these sound like trouble. I'm sure we'd love them!

Aarthi said...

This looks so delicious...I am drooling here

Mamie said...

That looks so good! I can't wait to give this one a try.

Muriel Miller said...

Oh my gosh Holly this looks SOOOO good! Navajo Tacos are one of my favorite dishes and I haven't had them in years! I will definitely be trying these soon! :)

Anonymous said...

do you have to allow the dough to rise? or just thaw?

Holly said...

Anonymous- just thaw it. It will rise naturally as it thaws. The dough will deflate when you press the two dough pieces together to form one large one. Hope this helps and I hope you enjoy them! : )

mandychilds said...

First time to your blog and I'm glad I landed here! I was looking for a great navajo taco recipe for a bday party for my daughter tonight and I think I've found it. Us Utah girls know a good navajo taco when we see one...Headed to the kitchen to work some magic! Wish me luck!

Anonymous said...

Yum! It turned out so good! The scones were so easy I made them again today for my son for breakfast. Thanks for responding so fast and for a great recipe :)

meliabeth said...

I made these tonight and they are fabulous!!!!

bamskitchen.com said...

I have not seen these before but I know this would be one huge hit with my hungry teenage boys. Great idea! Take care, BAM

Katie said...

My husband and I were just talking about how much we wanted navajo tacos. And these look so easy (especially with using rhode's rolls..genius!) You've been featured as one of our meals of the week over at Clarks Condensed, after I found it on Pinterest. We'd love for you to come and linkup another of your delicious recipes!

http://www.clarkscondensed.com/2013/03/sunday-dinner-party-7.html