Native American Fry Bread

Jacki Gamboe Recipe

By Jacki Gamboe JackiG

8 or more
35 Min
20 Min

My husband is 1/4 Cherokee and loves to eat this bread plain. My children love to experiment with different toppings. I like to use the fry bread for Native American Tacos.

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2 c
all purpose flour, plus more if needed
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1 c
milk, room temp or evap milk
vegatable shortening, veg oil or peanut oil for frying
honey or cinnamon/sugar optional toppings

Directions Step-By-Step

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in med bowl make a well in center. Pour in milk. Stir until dough comes together in a shaggy mass. Knead briefly (about 10 turns) sprinkling extra flour so as not be too sticky. Let rest, covered, for 30 minutes.
Heat about 4-5 inches of oil in a deep skillet or electric fryer (375 degrees). Divide dough into 8-10 balls and pat or roll out each one to about 4 inches in diameter to form a flat disc. Fry in oil 2-3 mins each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Cinnamon/sugar, powdered sugar, enjoy plain, or use as the base for taco mixings.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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lisa roysdon weewatch
Aug 12, 2010
My daughter had a team bonding sleepover last weekend. The volleyball coach is 100% native american. They had this and LOVED it. I am going to make it tomorrow night. I will let you know. thx.Lisa.
Michelle Antonacci Huniibeekeeper
Aug 14, 2010
My husband is also part cherokee, 1/4 and I have been trying to learn all I can about it for my daughter. Any other recipes you have I would love to see them! Thanks :)
Susan Smith grassypath
Aug 15, 2010
My husband & I are both 3/4 Cherokee and we both ate the fry Bread at a Pow Wow several years ago. It is sooo very delicious! I have always wanted to get the recipe and couldn't ever find it until now. Thank you Jacki for sharing.
Emy Collin Iktomi
Aug 16, 2010
I love frybread!! My recipe is a bit different (passed down through the generations from my Yankton Sioux grandmothers) but it's all good...even bad frybread (not saying yours is) is better than NO frybread!
Jacki Gamboe JackiG
Aug 17, 2010
I am glad you all like the recipe...I have few different ones, but this is the one my family liked best. @Emy- I would love to have your recipe for fry bread. @Michelle- if I find anymore I will post them. @ Lisa and Susan, I hope you like the recipe, most of the ones for fry bread I have found use powdered milk, but I do not care for the taste. I have a Miwok friend that just makes hers with flour and there are different ones out there. You just find the one that best suits you. Thank you.
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Aug 28, 2010
My husband and I love fry bread, we always look forward to the state fair and go to the Indian Village just to have a Navajo Taco with fry bread. I am part Cherokee also, I do have some Cherokee recipes to include fry bread. Though I want to try out your recipe, too...
Oct 8, 2010 - JoSele Swopes shared this recipe with discussion group: South Western Cooking
shawn eide shandra
Jan 13, 2011
jacki love this and will be trying it soon. Has bannock at a pow wow and they had baked itin the oven in loaf pans. Would you have the recipe for this. I would really appreciate it. Thanks
Manu Butler Manu
Apr 7, 2011
Have to try it real soon. And will let you know how it came out. I have been asking and looking for a recipe for way to long. Thank you for the sharing.
Manu Butler Manu
Apr 7, 2011
I made it. And love it. Thank you so much for the sharing. Yes it was so easy, and just had to do it. I wanted and needed this real bad. The First time I had it was back home in Hawaii at a field day. And just wanted to know how to get it. The sad part I was a lil one. Now I am 40 years later and eating my indian bread. Much Thanks to you. This is sure a keeper and know why your family love it.
Whitney Groceman ILUVSTEAK
Dec 7, 2011
I love fry bread when people make it, but was never sure how to do it. It is really good to make taco's with fry bread, or just with some cinnamon and sugar.
Bobby Webb Bobdoescooking
Feb 6, 2014
I love Native Fried bread. I had some Native Taco in Page Arizona, and just love have been pinched!!!...
Also Jacki, I would like to invite you to my discussion group. It's called, "EVERYTHING MEXICAN". Just click hope to see you there. Bobby