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It’s a traditional Navajo dish that’s super simple to whip up, and let me tell you, it’s just so darn tasty. Fry up that dough ’til it’s a beautiful golden brown, and then go to town with either some scrumptious savory toppings for a delish Navajo taco, or sweeten it up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey.

Fry Bread is just everywhere in the American Southwest, and you can dress it up sweet or savory, whichever way you like it. But don’t you worry about finding it at a restaurant, ’cause let me tell ya, it’s a breeze to make in your own cozy kitchen. So get ready to wow your friends and family with this homemade delight!

There are so many ways to enjoy Fry Bread! Here are some fab ideas that’ll make your taste buds dance:

  • As soon as that fry bread’s outta the fryer, give it a lil’ dusting of powdered sugar and serve it up with some fresh maple syrup. Yum!
  • While it’s still warm, top it off with a heavenly mix of brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s like a bakery doughnut without the fuss!
  • Wanna level up your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Slap it on some warm fry bread! Just remember to spread the peanut butter first, ’cause it’s so much easier that way.
  • Load it up with chicken or steak fajitas for a unique and satisfying meal that’ll have everyone asking for seconds!

Get creative and have fun with it, sugar!

Let’s talk about storage:

  • Now, honey, it’s best to plan ahead when making this fry bread recipe. Whip up just enough for you and your loved ones to enjoy, ’cause it can get a little soggy if you try to save it. But don’t worry, this recipe’s a cinch to cut in half or double, depending on how many folks you’re feedin’.
  • If you’ve got some leftovers, though, just pop ’em in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, give ’em a quick reheat in the air fryer for the best results.


Fry Bread, is just one of those cherished traditions we’ve got here in the good ol’ United States. You can get all fancy with it by servin’ up some savory Navajo Tacos, or indulge your sweet tooth with a touch of honey butter and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!
Prep Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups or more hot water
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying


  • In a big ol’ mixin’ bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually pour in the water, mixin’ it up with a spoon or your hands until it all comes together. It’ll be a bit sticky, but don’t worry.
  • Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of oil over that dough to keep it from dryin’ out. Cover it up and let it rest for 2 hours. Now, it ain’t gonna rise, but it sure does need a little break.
  • Next, grab some golf ball-sized pieces of dough and either stretch or roll ’em out real thin, bein’ careful not to tear it. Remember, the thinner, the better!
  • Fill a pot with about 2 inches of vegetable oil and heat it up to 350°F.
  • One at a time, fry up those pieces of dough in the hot oil ’til they’re a beautiful golden brown, flippin’ ’em over halfway through. Then transfer ’em to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil.


If you’ve got a bunch to make, you can keep your fried bread warm in the oven until you’ve got enough to serve up to your hungry crowd. Enjoy, darlin’!

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