Navajo Fry Bread

This puffy and wonderfully satisfying bread is a traditional food, steeped in the history of the Navajo people. Top with beans, vegan taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and vegan Cheddar cheese for delicious Navajo tacos!

Serves: 8Hands-on: 1 hour 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. soy milk powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3⁄4 cup canola oil


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, soy milk powder, baking powder, and salt. Add all of the water and stir until the dough just begins to come together. Dust hands with flour and mix dough well by hand to incorporate all the flour, without actually kneading the dough. Dough will be somewhat sticky. Shape into a ball.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Flour hands and stretch and shape each piece of dough into a 5- to 7-inch circle. Don’t worry about making them perfectly round.
  • Heat oil in a fryer or deep skillet to 350°F. Carefully slide dough into hot oil and cook 3 to 4 minutes until brown, gently pressing dough down so that it is submerged in the oil. Then turn over and cook the other side for another 3–4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.