FRY BREAD & Navajo TACOS | HARD TIMES – recipes from times of food scarcity

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It’s said that fry bread was invented in the 1860s by the Navajo when the were forced to relocate by the United States government and given rations of flour, sugar, salt and lard. I had my first frybread taco when I lived in Montana and today I’m recreating it so I can have it in Rhode Island, too.

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My recipe was inspired by these:
Turquiose Skies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5shGN5SjcEQ
The Best Fry Bread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY3zla4dg-M
Sandollar1970:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B7n1xDYX3U
Authentic Fry Bread & Tacos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=1EO8KtfA5u8
https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/NavajoFryBread.htm

2 C. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. sugar
1-11/4 C. warm water

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19 COMMENTS

  1. We have a big Pow-Wow every year on Labor Day weekend here on Long Island, it is where I first tried Navajo tacos and they are something I now look forward to every year. That and the native Mexican food at the Pow-Wow like the corn and the meat that they grill… SO good

  2. We have that here in Argentina to, we call it chipa cuerito/torta frita but we eat it plain, just like that, those were rough times

  3. This is incredibly similar to Bhatura, which is a type of Indian deep fried bread (usually had with chickpeas).

  4. Ahhh the background music/intro song you used is also the same intro from one of my favorite channels @busybeecarys haha I literally was so confused for a sec thinking “wait what this is carys vid?!? Oh No it’s Emmy!!” Lol!

  5. Where I'm from most people add either vegatable oil or lard to their dough and let it sit for 30 mins to let it rise, I was always told that the lard or vegetable oil helps make the dough softer and puffier. People over here like their fry bread soft and airy but the recipe is obviously terrible, lol! Thank you Emmy for sharing this recipe and a bit of the history of how it came to be.

  6. We have a fry bread place here in Phoenix that makes the most amazing green chile beef tacos. They're a mess, but definitely a worthwhile treat

  7. I used to eat those all of the time at Powwows! Sometimes I would ask for just butter on the fry bread or everything on it. So good!

  8. Hello Emmy.. I have been watching you since your Baby Emmy days.. I am also Native American and I just wanted to come on here and give you props for your frybread.

  9. I grew up eating these every wednesday of my childhood. Thank you for this video, I've missed these so much since I moved. I cant wait to try these myself.

  10. The woman my father married, her ex was Native American and the lived in Idaho and lived on a reservation. She makes these all the time (too much to where it’s sickening sadly) but she not only uses them for taco she makes pizza out of them as well

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