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Homemade Fry Bread with Mexican Chili OR Honey Butter

Delicious easy to make fry bread

Easy to make fry bread to be served with chili, honey butter or any number of toppings

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Delicious easy to make fry bread

Easy to make fry bread to be served with chili, honey butter or any number of toppings

Fry bread is one of those yummy, budget stretching, homey, approved-by-all-ages satisfy yummy foods. 

This recipe makes up easy and the dough is great to work with. 

I like to fry the bread outside to keep the grease spatters out of the house.  If you can, simply take your fry pan out on the patio or deck to easily make these; but be prepared for hungry neighbors! 

Indian Fry Bread


3 cups flour

1 Tbl. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 – 1 ½ cups warm water

Vegetable or canola oil for frying (lard if you want a more authentic taste)


Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix well with a large spoon; add warm water and stir until dough begins to form a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough. Do not over-work the dough.

After kneading the dough, place in a bowl, then into the refrigerate for 1/2-1 hour.

Take out of fridge and let sit for 10 minutes or so while oil is heating up.

Heat oil to 375 degrees in a frying pan or kettle.

Lightly flour surface and pat and roll out in baseball size pieces of dough.

Either pat out thin or use a rolling pin to flatten out dough.Homemade Fry Bread 1

Cut hole in middle with a knife ¼” thickness (so the dough will fry flat).Homemade Fry Bread 2Place in oil and cook until golden brown and flip over and cook on opposite side until same golden brown.

Dough is done in about 3 minutes, depending on oil temperature and thickness of dough.Homemade Fry Bread 3After fry bread is done, drain on paper toweling.

Top with favorite toppings, such as: chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, taco meat, etc.

*In my experience, this dough did not hold well overnight.  It is best to make it and cook it the same day; though it can rest in refrigerator for a couple of hours, then let it sit out maybe 30 minutes to take the chill off before frying.

To make it a sweet treat: add 1/3 cups granulated sugar into flour mixture, then top with a cinnamon-sugar mixture:) 

OR serve the fry bread with my hearty Mexican Chili, click HERE  for the scrumptious recipe you see in the pictures

OR with my Homemade Honey Butter, the recipe is up next



Ingredients and Directions:

In a small bowl place 1 stick of real butter that is softened to room temperature, not melted.

Whip till light with a mixer.

Slowly pour in ¼ – 1/3 cup of honey depending on your taste.

Whip until light. ServeHomemade Fry Bread 4Carrie’s recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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  1. Sounds like my kind of dish!! Found you over at Kitchen Meets Girl. I am co-hosting Tasty Tuesdays this week and would love for you to link up this recipe.
    Lori’s Culinary Creations

  2. Oh my word! This looks deeee-licious! We would love to have you share your post at our link party!

    Debbie @ http://www.madefrompinterest.net/

  3. Great tip about poking a whole in the center so it frys flat! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #24!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  4. This is gorgeous!! And I have just realized that I am CRAZY hungry. Love the fry bread recipe!!

  5. Lip smacking one.. If only tasty delicacies like these are low caloried !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Indian Vegetarian Recipes

  6. Diane Roark says:

    Thanks for sharing your Indian Fry Bread. I have made Indian Hoecakes several times but never heard of Fry Bread. I love learning how people before us made food. Very interesting!

    Diane Roark

  7. Looks delicious Carrie. Putting the chili on top is genius. Will have to try this one some time soon.

  8. Tasha says:

    Wish I woulda been over when you made this…my gosh this looks soooo good I can just taste it!!

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