This month, I am telling you how to make one of my family’s favorite dinners. This recipe uses a fry bread or scone. I have used anything from Rhodes frozen bread dough (thawed and left to rise a bit) to white bread dough. My current favorite is an Easy French Bread recipe. This version is really close to the one I use. To make the fry bread, you prepare the dough like you would for bread, but you don’t bake it. After the dough has risen, you take a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball and roll it flat. You want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick. I heat about 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil in a wide, shallow saucepan over medium heat. It takes about 10 minutes to get the oil hot enough. Once your oil is ready, carefully put the dough in the oil. Fry it on one side until it is golden brown. This takes about 2 minutes. I use metal salad tongs to carefully turn the dough over and fry the other side until it is also golden brown. My saucepan can accommodate 3 scones at a time. I usually fry the scones while I am preparing the toppings. So, without further ado:
For each Navajo Taco you will need:
4 tbsp chili (I use Nalley’s Hot Chili)
1 tbsp shredded cheese
2 tsp salsa (I like to use fresh salsa)
1 tsp sour cream
1 tsp diced tomato
1 tsp chopped olives
1/4 tsp green onions
1 tsp sliced avocado or guacamole
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
Layer the toppings of your choice on top of the fry bread. Enjoy!
This is a pretty easy meal to put together. I’ve listed the ingredients in the order that I like to put them. Obviously, you can eliminate the toppings that you don’t like. My kids won’t eat the tomatoes, lettuce, or guacamole.
A few tips: I heat the chili while the scones are frying. Also, I have been trying to eat healthier and fried foods just don’t equal healthy. For a healthier alternative, you can roll out your scones and bake them. Try about 10 minutes at 350 and see how they look. You don’t want them to be rock hard ;D Another good alternative would be whole wheat pitas. If you do use the fry bread, any leftover fry bread is delicious with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, your favorite jelly, or some cinnamon sugar.
This is one of those dinners that the kids say “Yay!” when I make it. I hope your family likes it as much as mine. Have a great day!