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Air Fryer Navajo Tacos

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My Air Fryer Navajo Tacos are easy to make, even with homemade fry bread. Add your favorite toppings for an easy weeknight recipe that will wow everyone! 

If you’re new around here, you may not know that I absolutely LOVE tacos in every shape and form! This fry bread recipe has been in the family for years and I still make it on a regular basis. 

three air fryer navajo tacos with toppings on a white plate

Making Navajo tacos is a great spin on the traditional taco you are used to eating. But you may be wondering how they are different. 

How Are Navajo Tacos Different from Regular Tacos?

For starters they are much easier to eat on the go. Think of fry bread (in the shape of a bagel) with all of your regular taco toppings piled on top. Almost like an open faced taco. 

And Navajo Tacos are considered one of the top 10 state dishes in Arizona and are very popular throughout the Southwest. You’ll even find them on restaurant menus. 

Rather than using a flour or corn tortilla, we are making a homemade fry bread, which is soft, fluffy and aah-mazing. 

ingredients labeled for navajo tacos to make in the air fryer

What You Need for Air Fryer Navajo Tacos

Fry Bread Ingredients

Flour – we are using all purpose 

Salt

Baking powder 

Warm water 

Oil

Taco Toppings

Cooked & seasoned taco meat – use my favorite homemade taco seasoning

Shredded cheddar cheese – freshly shredded is the best and adds more flavor

Shredded lettuce 

Tomatoes

Onions

Kitchen Gadgets & Tools 

How to Make Fry Bread Dough

Add all of the dry dough ingredients into the mixing bowl. Using the dough hook attachment, turn the mixer on. Slowly add in your water and oil. 

Let the mixer knead on medium-slow speed for 5-10 minutes, until the dough no longer sticks to the edges of the bowl and a dough ball has formed. 

two image collage showing the fry bread dough in balls and placing them in the air fryer

Add a little oil to a large and place the dough ball in the greased bowl. Dampen a cloth and place over the bowl. Allow dough to rest for about 2 hours. 

While the dough is resting, prepare your ground beef by browning and seasoning the meat. 

After the dough has rested, cut the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball (about the size of a golf ball), then press them down so they are ¼ of an inch thick. 

How To Make Navajo Tacos in the Air Fryer 

Coat the bottom of your air fryer basket with enough oil so the dough disk doesn’t stick. Place the flattened dough balls in the basket, making sure they aren’t touching (you may need to cook in batches). Mist the dough with a little bit of oil. 

Start air frying at 330 degrees for 7 minutes. Flip the dough, spritz with a little more oil and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Subsequent batches may cook a little faster.

Top your fry bread with taco meat and desired toppings, and you’re ready to eat. 

close up of air fryer navajo tacos after cooking with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and onions

More Navajo Taco Topping Ideas 

If you love all of the traditional taco toppings, you can use them here, too! Here are a few more ideas on ways to serve: 

  • Pico de gallo 
  • Guacamole 
  • Sour cream 
  • Salsa 
  • Taco sauce 
  • Chopped avocado

Making air fryer Navajo tacos is great for weeknights. You can prepare the fry bread earlier in the day, then reheat and add toppings.

But don’t forget about entertaining! You can turn this simple dinner into a fun taco bar party for your guests. 

Serve Navajo Tacos as a Dessert

Did you know you can turn the fry breads into a yummy dessert? Yes, you certainly can!!

Once the fry bread is made, simply dust it with a little powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar mix, then add a drizzle of honey. You can also top with an icing similar to what is used on top of cinnamon rolls. 

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Air Fryer Navajo Tacos

My Air Fryer Navajo Tacos recipe is easy to make even with a homemade fry bread. Top with your favorite toppings for an easy weeknight recipe that will wow everyone.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Dough Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12 fry bread tacos
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Using the bread hook, mix in the water and oil. Knead on medium-slow speed for 5-10 minutes, until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.
  • Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 2 hours.
  • Cut the dough into 12 golf-ball sized pieces and shape into balls.
  • Using your hands, flatten the dough balls to form a small flat bread 1/4” thick.
  • Mist or brush the air fryer basket with a light coating of oil. Place flattened dough in the greased basket and spritz with oil.
  • Cook on 330 degrees F for 7 minutes, flip, spritz with oil and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Top with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion and tomatoes.

NOTES

  • For an easy weeknight dinner, prepare the fry breads & taco meat ahead of time. To serve, reheat the breads and meat and serve with desired toppings.
  • For a dessert option: serve the fried dough with honey, dusted with powdered sugar or a cinnamon & sugar mixture.
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NUTRITION

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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