A couple of days ago I found a recipe for Navajo Fry Bread and I wanted to make it the second I found it. I adore fry bread and I have fond, if not a little vague, memories of puffy circles floating in giant vats of boiling oil at the Albuquerque Fair. Into these skin-meltingly hot cauldrons went, what I naively believed to be, tortilla-like rounds of dough. Little did I know that these “tortillas” were actually food of the gods. The ambrosia that is flour, baking powder, water and salt, mixed together then fried in oil is astounding; but, I digress.
So the real star of the meal, for me, was the fry bread, but my husband loved the brisket more.
Without further ado, here are the recipes:
Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Brisket
3 lb. brisket
Ground black pepper
Hot mexican chili powder
3-4 tbsps. brown sugar
16 oz Dr. Pepper
Rub the brisket with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic and sugar. Place in slow cooker and pour Dr. Pepper over the brisket. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove from slow cooker and slice into chunks then shred and return to cooker.
Navajo Fry Bread
3 cups AP flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup warm water
Oil for frying
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the warm water. Work the mixture together and kneed lightly. The dough should be soft and moist but shouldn’t stick to your hands. Add a little flour or water, if needed, until you reach the correct consistency. Roll the dough into a log and let the dough rest under a clean kitchen towel for 10 minutes.
Cut into 8 pieces. Take each piece of dough and roll it into a ball. Using a rolling pin and more dusting flour, roll the dough into a flat round disk, about 1/5 inch thick.
In a heavy bottomed pot/pan, pour an inch of frying oil in and heat over medium high heat. To test the oil temperature, tear off a tiny piece of dough and toss it into the oil. It should immediately float and be bubbling all around the sides. Individually, fry the dough for 1-2 minutes on each side or until it is golden crispy. Place the finished fry bread on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
This recipe was adapted from food52.
To assemble the tacos you can either place the shredded beef on the fry bread and fold over, like a taco, or cut the bread in half and open it up like a pita. I like an extra bit of barbecue sauce with my tacos so once it is assembled I pour just a bit over the meat.
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I did!