Something just makes me smile when I think about Navajo Tacos. I don’t know if it’s the mouth watering tender taco meat on a crispy fry bread or if its seeing everyone’s smiles when they realize what’s for dinner. Oh how I love the combination of flavors in this traditional Taco Recipe

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

Navajo Tacos are made with Indian Fry Bread, a simple recipe using flour and water that has stood the test of time. This fry bread is delicious and crispy on the outside and a soft tender chewy on the inside. Oh it’s good!

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

Making the mouthwatering meat for this Navajo Taco recipe is a pice of cake. But don’t take my word for it. Give it a try yourself. Really, I promise.

I love my Instant Pot. I do! Meat comes out juicy and tender every time and this recipe is no exception. I use London Broil in this recipe because it’s just a great affordable cut of meat. It pulls apart and holds the flavor of spices and seasonings well.

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings
Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

Who Invented the Navajo Taco?

It’s believed that the Navajo Taco was invented by the Navajo Tribe. But it seems that it’s hard to find a tribe that doesn’t lay claim to some sort of Fry Bread or the Indian Taco.

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

How to Eat a Navajo Taco

Is there really a right or a wrong way to eat a Navajo Taco? I think not! With Fry Bread on the bottom and loaded with tender meat and your favorite toppings, this Taco is best eaten with a fork and a knife!

What goes in an Indian Taco? (Navajo Taco)

There are many toppings that can go into an Indian Taco. The favorites of course are Lettuce, Salsa, Sour Cream, Taco Meat, Cheese, Avocado, and we love Ranch.. yes we are those people. 😉

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

How to make Navajo Taco Meat

Instant Pot: This recipe really isn’t hard, it just takes some time. Cut up your meat into large chunks. About 4-5 good chunks. Add your seasonings and 1 cup beef broth to your Instant Pot and set for 60 mins Manual (Pressure Cook) high pressure. Allow a 30 minute Natural Release and quick release the remaining. Then shred with forks. Place back in reserve liquid to absorb all those yummy flavors before serving.

Navajo Taco with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

Crock Pot: If you have all day, this mouthwatering tender Taco Meat can also be made in the Crock pot. The directions are similar, however you do not need to cut up the London Broil into chunks first. Place your meat into your crock pot, add seasonings and broth and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When done, shred with forks and return to liquid to absorb those yummy flavors.

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If your family is like mine, then having only one taco recipe just isn’t enough. We also enjoy Pork Street Tacos as they are so easy to make in the Instant Pot as well. Or a healthy option of Ground Turkey Tacos which can be made both in a tortilla shell or in a lettuce wrap. They are really good!

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Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread, shredded marinated Beef and taco toppings

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Yield: 12 Tacos

Navajo Tacos

Navajo Tacos

Navajo Tacos served on Indian Fry Bread with a tender mouthwatering shredded beef seasoned perfectly. Topped with your favorite additions of Lettuce, Salsa, Cheese, Sour Cream, Avocado and whatever else you can think of. Navajo Tacos are a Family Favorite

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 1/2 Pound London Broil Roast
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs Crushed Garlic
  • 1 4oz can Diced Green Chilis (Mild, Medium or Hot)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • Top with Shredded Lettuce, Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese, Avocado, Beans, etc

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Cut London Broil into 4-5 large chunks
  2. In a gallon size Zip-loc bag combine Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Onion Powder, Sugar, Salt, and Pepper. Place meat into Zip-loc back and shake to coat.
  3. Add Beef Broth, Diced Green Chilis, Crushed Garlic and Diced Tomatoes to Instant Pot and stir.
  4. Add Beef Chunks to Instant Pot
  5. Set to Manual High (Pressure Cook) for 60 minutes. Allow a 30 minute Natural Release (NR)
  6. Remove Beef Chunks from Instant Pot and shred with forks and place back into liquid
  7. To Serve, drain meat and serve over Indian Fry Bread and top with Shredded Lettuce, Salsa, Sour Cream, Avocado, Cheese, Olives, beans, and anything else you wish to top your Navajo Taco with.

Crock Pot Directions:

  1. In a gallon size Zip-loc bag combine Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Onion Powder, Sugar, Salt, and Pepper. Place meat into Zip-loc back and shake to coat.
  2. Add Beef Broth, Diced Green Chilis, Crushed Garlic and Diced Tomatoes to Crock Pot and stir to combine.
  3. Add Seasoned Beef to Crock Pot
  4. Set to Low for 6-8 Hours.
  5. Remove Beef from Crock Pot and shred with forks. Place back into liquid.
  6. To Serve, drain meat and serve over Indian Fry Bread and top with Shredded Lettuce, Salsa, Sour Cream, Avocado, Cheese, Olives, beans, and anything else you wish to top your Navajo Taco with

Notes

Make your Indian Fry Bread as the base of the Navajo Taco topped with all your favorites (chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, etc. We also love to add Ranch Dressing on top too. Oh the combination is just delicious!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 253 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 77mg Sodium: 409mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 21g
Nutrition information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor for more information

You will need this recipe for Indian Fry Bread to make Navajo Tacos

Yield: 12 Servings

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread is a flat dough bread, fried in oil or shortening. Made with simple ingredients, Indian Fry Bread can be eaten alone or with various toppings like honey, powdered sugar, or beef. Indian Fry Bread can also be made into tacos, make sure to try our Navajo tacos

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Hot water
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a bowl add flour, baking powder and salt and stir to mix evenly
  2. Add hot water and stir with a spoon. You can also mix with your hands. Dough will be sticky.
  3. Form into a ball and allow to sit covered for 45 mins
  4. Separate dough into 12-16 balls
  5. Using the palms of your hands and fingertips, press each dough into a circle and work with your fingertips to a thin round circle about 4-5 inches in diameter
  6. Heat oil in Fry Pan over medium/high heat OR Instant Pot on Saute until it reads "hot"
  7. Add one piece of bread at a time in hot oil and allow to cook until golden brown and then flip. About a minute on each side *variable for how hot oil is heated.
  8. Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towels.

Notes

Indian Fry Bread is also known as Scones. Add Powdered Sugar, Honey, Fruit, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream, and more for your sweet dessert.

Make Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread. Add Taco Meat, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, and sour cream.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 124 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 180mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult your doctor
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