Navajo Tacos

Navajo Tacos
I had dinner at Number One Son’s house the other night.  Like most of you parents of teenagers, they have an extremely busy household.  This dish came together quickly, after taking into account the time it takes for the rolls to rise, of course.  Once that has occurred, dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes or less!  And everyone gets to make their own “custom” taco.

I count the taco toppings as a salad.  Right?

These can also be made into Indian Frybread.  Just omit the savory toppings and top with honey, jam or powdered sugar.  Frybread is the State Bread of South Dakota.  Just a little trivia for the next time you play Trivial Pursuit.

Navajo Tacos
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 tacos
  • 1 package (24 count) frozen Parkerhouse rolls
  • 3-4 cans (15 oz. each) Stagg Steakhouse Chili/no beans
  • Oil for frying
  • Assorted toppings of your choice (i.e., shredded lettuce, olives, grated cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, sour cream, avocado, salsa)
  1. At least 3 hours before mealtime, brush or spray a baking pan with oil. Space the frozen rolls about 2" apart on the pan and allow the rolls to rise at room temperature until doubled, about 2-1/2 hours. Cover them loosely with plastic wrap while they rise.
  2. About 30 minutes before mealtime, prepare the toppings for the tacos. Set aside.
  3. Join 2 rolls together and roll out on a well-floured surface. Fry them one at a time in ½ inch of hot vegetable oil over medium heat until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels, keep warm.
  4. Heat the chili in a medium saucepan. Keep warm over low heat.
  5. To assemble the tacos, start with the chili, then add your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

Et cetera:  This was the first time I had ever had Navajo Tacos.  They were so filling, I could only eat one.  Of course, the teenagers in the house had more than one.  These were introduced to Number One Son when they visited his wife’s brother’s house–also a large family.  He was so excited to fix them at home, and sink his teeth into them.  That’s how I knew they would be good and that I would like them, and I did!  I love it when my kids find joy in simplicity.  And thank you to my talented daughter-in-law for the professional picture.  She’s an awesome photographer!