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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Recipe (Navajo Tacos)

This fry bread gives the wonderful crispy texture and then layers it with all your favorite taco toppings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air fryer fry bread, Fried bread dough in the air fryer, Navajo fry bread air fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 465kcal


  • Air Fryer
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Skillet
  • spatula
  • Shallow Bowl


Fry Bread Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk

Taco Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 15 ounces pinto beans 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ounce low sodium taco seasoning 1 packet
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce (optional topping)
  • 6 Tablespoons sour cream (optional topping)
  • 6 Tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese (optional topping)
  • pico de gallo (optional topping)
  • guacamole (optional topping)
  • black olives (optional topping)

Other Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil


  • In a mixing bowl, combine fry bread dough ingredients with a fork until completely mixed together.
  • Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball, cover with a towel and set aside.
  • Use fingers to press each of the 6 balls into flat discs about 5 inches in diameter. Have the edges be slightly thicker than the centers.
  • Pour vegetable oil onto a shallow plate and coat both sides of each piece of the flattened dough in oil, then lay them in the air fryer basket (depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in a couple of shifts).
  • Set the temperature on the air fryer to 375 degrees and set the time to 10 minutes, then press start.
  • While the dough is in the air fryer, prepare the taco ingredients.
  • While the dough is in the air fryer, prepare the taco ingredients.
  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink. Drain, then add in beans, taco seasoning, and salsa. Let simmer for about 5 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  • When time is complete on the air fryer, remove the completed fry bread to a plate and cover with a towel. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • When all fry bread is cooked, serve topped with ground beef mixture and your favorite taco toppings.


Optional toppings are included in nutritional information.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1389mg | Potassium: 838mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 921IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 6mg