Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fry Bread Tacos

Posted by Chris Beason | Saturday, May 7, 2011 | Category: , , |

After a wonderful ride on the bikes today, hubby and I made it home and of course, he wanted to know what was for supper. Well, all week we've been out of pocket working on his truck at a friend's house and I haven't been able to cook. I never thought I'd have cooking withdrawals, but even cooking at Waffle House didn't curb my aching to cook in my own kitchen! You'd think after a long day of riding I'd be too tired to cook, but since I figured it may be my only chance until next Wednesday I'd take advantage of it, tired or not.

So, again was the question what to cook? Well, one of our friends that went riding with us today, we lovingly call him "Taco Man" and well, I guess it made me think about cooking tacos. Now I know you're wondering if making tacos could really cure someone's addiction to cooking. Well, these are no ordinary tacos. I make my own taco shells. Actually, if you've ever eaten a Gordita from Taco Bell, the shell is alot like that. The recipe is actually called Fry Bread.

My pictures turned out a little dark. I thought I would try using my camera since my phone was dead, but I think I'll probably go back to using my phone for pictures since the lighting in my kitchen isn't that great.

First, I put 2 cups of self-rising flour and 2 tablespoons of shortening in a bowl. I blended the shortening into the flour with my pastry cutter.

I bought a pastry cutter a long time ago because I read in a recipe for making biscuits to cut your butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or by criss-crossing two butter knifes. Well, the knifes didn't work (my biscuits didn't come out right) so I figured the pastry cutter might do the trick. I'm a firm believer that it helped. One of these days I'll post my biscuit making instructions.

Next, I added 2/3 cup of milk and stirred it into the flour.

I want my dough to pull away from the bowl and it wasn't, so I added just a little more milk to make a soft, sticky dough.

That's much better.

Then I put the dough on a floured surface (I used my cutting board) and kneaded it 150 times. Every time I folded the dough and pushed down with the heel of my hand, I counted as one.

I covered the dough with a wet cloth napkin (I made these!) and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

I took a butter knife and cut the dough into 6 pieces.  Then I pulled the pieces apart and put them in a bowl and covered them with the wet napkin.

For each piece, I sprinkled a little flour on my cutting board and a little on top of the dough and rolled it out into somewhat of a circle. It wasn't quite as big as a dinner plate.

After I rolled out each one, I started stacking them up and kept them covered with the wet napkin.

Once all of them were rolled out I put about a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and turned the burner on medium low. When the oil was hot I put one taco shell in the skillet and spun it around and let it cook for about 45 seconds until it started bubbling.

Then I flipped it over and cooked the other side for about 45 seconds.

While it was still hot, I folded it in half with a spatula and then set it on a plate.

Before I cooked each shell, I added more oil to the skillet.

Once they were finished I filled them with taco meat made with taco-seasoned ground turkey, sour cream and cheese. My hubby's favorite way to eat them!

I apologize for the pictures being so bad!  I promise better pictures next time!

Currently have 5 comments:

  1. I love fry bread! I've got a recipe for it but have never tried it. You make it look so easy...maybe I'll give it a try, too!

  2. These look great! I have never had fry bread before. I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. My hubby's mom said she won't be making her own taco shells, but I told her if you make them once you'll make them again. They're so good!

  4. I have not made this before either but it sure does look good. Thanks for coming by my place. Your site is so pretty with all the fresh veggies showing in the sidebars. Sounds like I am going to have to try this, too.Have a great week.

  5. Thank you Judy! I don't think you'll be disappointed with the fry bread. They are well worth the work!

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