Navajo Tacos

This isn’t a recipe as much as it is sharing a dinner idea.I am always looking for new ideas to make for dinner and simple easy recipes. I LOVE this dinner!… and luckily, I married someone who loves it too!
This is how we do navajo tacos.  The nice thing about this meal, is it is very much up to you how to create it!


4 flour tortillas (or see fry bread option at end of post)
1 lb. ground beef1 package taco seasoning (we use taco bell brand)
1 can re-fried beans (or homemade re-fried beans which I will post in a different post later on)
shredded lettuce
sour cream
shredded cheese

1.  Brown ground beef and drain. Add 3/4 cup water and taco seasoning packet to ground beef. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2.  Fry tortillas until golden brown
3.  Top fried tortilla with beans, beef, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and avocados.we have the cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and avocados all in serperate bowls or baggies so that you can add how much you want of what to your navajo taco


If you prefer to make your own tortillas from scratch, try the recipe below:


3 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. shortening
warm water

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.  Cut in shortening and add enough warm water (1 tsp at a time) to make dough.  Mix until dough is no longer sticky.  Pinch off a small handful and roll or pat out to 1/8 inch thick.  Fry in deep fat fryer or on a griddle.

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  1. Rextastic

    I love navajo tacos but ive never made them. I'll have to try it!

  2. Bridget

    Uh yum! I'm realizing we both love Mexican food, my fav. Your blog is making me want to go cook now and I just baked cookies. Mmm :)

  3. Anonymous

    This is not a Navajo taco. Navajo people don't use "fried tortillas". Just saying.

  4. Tomi

    Navajo people never use fried tortillas? Is it against their religion?

  5. Anonymous

    why would it be against their religion?and fyi Navajo Tacos are not Mexican food.

  6. Anonymous

    Last time I lived in AZ and went to a Navajo get-together, we had Navajo tacos. Whether you think they eat them or not, I'm proof that they do...quite often.

  7. Lori

    Why must people feel the need to correct others? So what if Navajo people don't used fried tortillas. Either you appreciate the dinner idea or not! It is not about what it is called, only about how it tastes!

  8. Traci

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! We had them at this wonderful cafe' called Blondie's when we went to Zion Canyon in Utah. I have wanted the "flat bread" recipe ever since and did not know what it was called. I am going to try this next week.

  9. Traci

    SOOOO, the flat bread did not come together! I tried this last night and the bread never formed a ball. We ended up with regular tacos!! Any advice??? :-(

    1. Tracie

      Traci Formed a ball? Flat bread is suppose to be flat with a few puffed portions. I grew up in New Mexico and ate N. Tacos all the time. My moms recipe for the dough is similar. 4 cups flour, 1 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of baking powder, 2 heaping tbl of shortening and 1 1/2 cup of warm water. You mix all your dry ingredients then cut in the shortening, this takes awhile because you want it well incorporated (smaller then pea sized). Then make a well in your dry ingredients and start adding your water by fourths. Mix the dough by hand in bowl until dough is all mixed, this process also takes awhile but the end result pays off. Cover dough for 20 min. In the mean time you can get your oil ready, I personally use canola oil. Use a large pot, like for pasta and heat 1 inch of oil on medium. After 20 min roll out a small section of dough about 1/8th in thickness, the thiner the dough the better it puffs up. If your dough does not puff up your oil is not hot enough. Watch your fry bread because it is done in moments. After you slide the dough in the oil, wait until you see the dough puff up then flip it over. Count to ten then remove it and place it on paper towels to soak up the oil. Enjoy!

    2. Francesca

      Hello, just wanted to ask: what do you mean exactly by "shortening"? I'm Italian and I can't really find an appropriate translation for it! Could you please help me? I would really appreciate that as I'd like to try to make this recipe, included the fry bread! Thank you in advance :)