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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos


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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos are a southwestern staple that your entire family is going to love. Sometimes called Navajo tacos these doughy and tasty tacos make for an excellent meal or snack.

If you love an interesting take on tacos you may love this taco flavored recipe. My entire family enjoyed this recipe and have already asked me to make them again.

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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos

Traditionally Indian fry bread is fried just like the name says. With this recipe, you can cut out the unhealthy fats from deep frying and use the air fryer to cut down on fat and calories.

The Air Fryer has quickly become my favorite kitchen appliance because I can get the crispy texture that I love from fried foods without all the added fat. Using hot air to make food crispy is genius if you ask me.

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe is a twist on traditional Taco Tuesday, by using the air fryer and Indian Fry Bread as the base.

  • Easy to make
  • Fun to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love to make your own homemade doughy bread, you may also enjoy this Air Fryer Naan Bread recipe.

A horizontal overhead shot of Air Fryer Indian Bread Tacos on a white plate with a generous amount of taco meat and other taco ingredients on top of it with onions and cheese on the table beside the plate.

Ingredients

To make this tasty meal or snack you only need ten basic ingredients. You may need to make a quick trip to the grocery store to gather your ingredients but you will be so glad that you did.

  • flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • warm water
  • oil
  • taco meat
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped lettuce
  • tomatoes diced
  • onion diced
Ingredients used to make an Air Fryer Indian Taco Bread.

Substitutions

Chicken Taco Meat: I used beef taco meat, but you can substitute it with chicken if you prefer.

Cheese: Use your favorite shredded cheese mixture on tacos.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need three basic kitchen tools to help you. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can knead this dough by hand for about 10 minutes before allowing it to rest.

How to Make Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos

Are you ready to make these Navajo Tacos recipe? Follow the five easy steps below, but don’t worry most of the time spent making this recipe is just the rest time for the bread.

Step 1: Make the fry bread

Mix together flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl for your stand mixer. Then, using a bread hook, mix in the water and oil. Knead on med slow for 5-10 minutes until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the bowl.

Step 2: Allow dough to rest

Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 2 hours.

Dough in a bowl.

Step 3: Shape fry bread

Cut the dough and form in golf ball size balls. Using your hands, compress the dough balls to form a small flatbread 1/4” thick.

12 shaped dough balls as big as golf balls placed on top of a wooden chopping board.

Step 4: Air Fry the fry bread

Place in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 330 for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes.

Flattened dough in an air fryer basket.

Step 5: Top the taco fry bread

Top with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion, and tomatoes.

Taco fry bread on a wooden chopping board being topped with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion, and tomatoes.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want to change up this recipe? Here are my favorite variations when making this fry bread.

Pizza: Add your favorite pizza toppings and leave off the taco toppings for a pizza twist.

Sweet: Instead of topping with taco fixings, dip your fry bread in a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon then serve as a sweet treat.

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Toppings Suggestions

Wondering what else you can add to your taco fry bread? Here are my favorite toppings for this recipe.

  • Pico de gallo 
  • Guacamole 
  • Sour cream 
  • Salsa 
  • Taco sauce 
  • Chopped avocado
A view from the side of the Air Fryer Indian Bread Tacos, shot vertically with the air fryer and other taco bread blurred behind it.

Tips

  • Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  • Brush a small amount of oil, or use cooking spray when air frying your fry bread for a crispy outside.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer, for best results cook fry bread one at a time.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Indian Fry Bread Tacos? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store leftover fry bread, untopped on the counter or in the fridge for up to five days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes until warm all the way through.

Can I bake these instead of air frying?

Yes, you can bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until your fry bread is brown on both sides.

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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos Recipe

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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos

Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Tacos are a southwestern staple that your entire family is going to love.
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Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Tacos
Calories 254 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb taco meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  • Using a bread hook, mix in the water and oil. Knead on med slow for 5-10 minutes until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the bowl.
  • Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let dough rest for 2 hours
  • Cut the dough and form in golf ball size balls.
  • Using your hands, compress the dough balls to form a small flat bread 1/4” thick.
  • Place in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 330 for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Top with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion and tomatoes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1TacoCalories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 281mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 2mg
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