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5 from 9 votes

Easy Navajo Tacos

This Easy Navajo Tacos recipe serves a crowd (8 people) and it’s so tasty! This recipe will cost just $8.42 to make, and $1.06 preserving. 
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion, Navajo
Keyword: ground beef, tacos
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 552kcal
Cost: $8.42


  • large frying pan
  • mixing bowl
  • large deep skillet



  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon active yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying


  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 15.5 oz can chili beans undrained

TOPPING (pick and choose):

  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped avocados
  • Chopped red onion
  • Sliced olives



  • Add the ground beef to a large frying pan and cook over medium-high heat. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break apart the meat into pieces, and cook until the beef is browned.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning, onion powder, and chili beans to beef and cook until mixture is slightly thickened.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it sit on the stovetop while you prepare the fry bread. Stir the beef occasionally.


  • In a large bowl mix together water, yeast, olive oil, and sugar. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Gradually add the flour by the ½ cup-fill until the dough is no longer sticks to the bottom of the bowl. Cover and let the dough rise for 10 minutes.
  • While the dough rises, add vegetable oil to a large deep skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll out each piece into a 4-inch circle.
  • Place rolled dough, one piece at a time, into the hot oil. Cook for 20-30 seconds per side, or until golden brown. Remove the bread from the oil and place it on stacked pieces of paper towel. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.


  • Place meat mixture on top of frybread. Sprinkle with your desired toppings and enjoy!


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 7mg