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08 September 2012 @ 12:19 pm
Navajo Tacos  
valiha asked for my Navajo Taco recipe, so here goes!

First off, the meat topping/filling. I've used ground beef, turkey, and this time, pork. You could also just use beans.

1 pound ground meat
Tin of pinto beans undrained (I have also started with dried beans cooked into pot beans to use on occasion.)
Small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
Some sort of pepper chopped fine (this is optional, it and the garlic my own additions to the recipe. I used a dried guajillo chili this time. Soaked it on hot water to soften, removed seeds, chopped super fine.)
Salt, pepper, spices (I use Mexican Oregano, Cumin, Chipotle powder, chile powder)

Brown the onion in cooking oil till brown, add the garlic, cook a little more, add the meat to brown, put in your spices, salt and pepper. Add the beans with the liquid, your chopped chili if you're using one. Simmer till beans are soft, and tinker with it till you like the flavour.

The Fry Bread: here's a link with a bunch of recipes. I like the 'old fashioned' one best, but have also used one with yeast. The Navajo lady I got my recipe from suggests using lard to cook the fry bread for best results. This last time I used half lard, half canola oil in a large cast iron frying pan.

Toppings: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and anything else you think would be good. I also used my green chili relish and chipotle aioli this time.

Take the warm meat and bean mixture and put it on top of the fry bread, add desired toppings, eat. You can either eat it flat, or fold it over like a taco.
 
 
 
Sarahacadecian on September 8th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
omg fry bread tacos are the beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest ever.
Black Wolfdet_munch on September 9th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I want to make these, my friend went to a retreat that was run by some Native Americans and she had these there and said they were really good.
tpena19tpena19 on September 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
You have made me so hungry, lol.
valihavaliha on September 15th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, here it is! Thank you so much; I can't wait to try this one of these days. Maybe next weekend would be good, since classes won't start until the 1st October and I'm not in a rush. I'll go read the fry bread recipes now.

Lard is pig fat, isn't it? I'll have to skip it if it is.
Ithithildyn on September 15th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Lard can be any sort of animal fat. The one I have is beef and vegetable mixed.
valihavaliha on September 15th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There are so many different recipes for fry bread; I'll have to decide which one to use. This will be fun!
Ithithildyn on September 16th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
The secret to good fry bread, again from the same lady my recipe is from, is really hot oil so that the bread doesn't come out greasy.
I_llbedammnedi_llbedammned on September 19th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
I will have to try this some time!