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Apache Frybread

Katie Rautenberg - Native American mission team
Course side
Cuisine Apache
Servings 6


  • oil, shortening, or lard
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • warm water


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add water, little by little, as you knead the dry ingredients into a dough ball.
    When dough is smooth and elastic, separate the dough into about 6 balls (depending on the size frybreads you want).
    Put the balls into baking pan to rest and soften. Cover the dough ball pan with a clean dish towel to keep the dough moist.
  • Pour/place the oil, shortening or lard into a heavy pan--cast iron if available. Heat the one inch of oil on the stovetop until very hot and fumes are visible. You can test the oil by placing a bit of dough in the oil. If it browns (but doesn't burn) quickly, then it's ready.
    When the oil is hot, roll a dough ball out with a rolling pin into a flat circle as thick as the dough for a pie crust. Gently place the round, flat dough into the hot oil.
    Using a 2-pronged fork, lift the bread after 20 seconds to see if it's brown and ready to flip.
    When ready, carefully flip with the 2-pronged fork. Remove from oil and place on a plate covered with a paper towel.
    Place a new paper towel on top of the finished fry bread to prepare for the second piece.
    Alternate the frybread/paper towel layers until the last frybread is on top of your stack.
  • Serve frybread immediately with cooked pinto beans for a meal or honey or powdered sugar as a dessert.


I have never seen an Apache make fry bread using a recipe. As I've seen, it is always done by feel and sight. After 14 years in the White Mountains, a dear friend was finally able to give me the ingredients using cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons. Thank you, Joni! I added the other steps for nonnatives. Natives don't use a rolling pin.
Keyword apache, Frybread



Indian Tacos

LizaTina Stanley and Carlotta Stanley, members at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bylas, AZ
Course Main Course


  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • warm tap water
  • 2 lbs pinto beans
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1/2 head iceburg lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • In the morning: rinse beans, put in pot, cover with water and soak 2-3 hours
  • In the early afternoon, bring beans and water to a boil, simmer for another 1.5-2 hours. Drain. Smash.
  • Dice tomatoes and onion
  • Shred lettuce and cheese
  • Make dough by sprinkling salt and baking powder on flour. Mix with hands.
  • Add warm water, mixing with hand til dough is formed.
  • Roll dough into balls, setting into a pan, cover with a dry towel. (Some make dough balls the size of a large onion)
  • Let set for 5 minutes.
  • Heat oil, flatten dough ball, fry till golden on both sides.
  • Assemble taco, fold and enjoy!


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