Fry Bread Turkey Tacos

While researching Navajo tradition, I learned frybread was created in 1864 by the Navajo using the flour, salt and lard given to them by the United States government. This amazingly simple bread has been used for everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and even desserts. It’s simple and delicious. Taking this Native American fry bread, let's create some wild turkey tacos.

Ingredients: Fry Bread
3 cups All Purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter milk
1 cup warm water
3 cups lard, fat or vegetable oil for frying

Directions: Fry Bread

  1. Add flour, baking soda and salt to large glass bowl, whisk together
  2. Slowing add butter milk stirring slowly with a fork
  3. Drizzle ½ cup warm water adding more if needed
  4. Stop mixing just when it comes together, do not over mix otherwise your fry bread with be very dense and firm
  5. Let bread rest on counter covered with dish towel for 30 minutes
  6. Heat lard/fat/oil in a deep kettle or skillet
  7. Grab a ball of dough and place on floured work surface
  8. Using your finger slowly press the ball out flatly slightly stretching as you press
  9. Taking one fry bread at a time slowly add to the oil, frying 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown
  10. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel, repeat until all bread is fried

You’ll want to serve the fry bread hot so while your bread dough is in the rest portion of the recipe start working on your meat and toppings.

Start out by browning your favorite wild turkey, followed by this easy and delicious taco seasoning recipe.

Taco Seasoning 

1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
(If you need or want a little more kick add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper)


  1. Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container if not using right away
  2. Use 2 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of ground turkey meat
  3. Brown meat and sprinkle seasoning over meat add 1/3 cup of water, and mix
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes or until most of the water is cooked off

Take your fresh fry bread and top with beans, meat and all your favorite toppings. Be creative and use your family’s favorite flavors. 

— Jeremiah Doughty 

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