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Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Recipe

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Air fryer Indian fry breads take only a handful of ingredients and cook fast in the air fryer. Top with your favorite taco toppings for a savory dinner or with honey and powdered sugar for a sweet dessert.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Growing up in Arizona, Indian fry bread has been one of my favorite local eats. They can be found in some restaurants and in food trucks.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Fry bread is a Native American bread, originated in the Navajo Nation.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Toppings for fry bread vary. They can be eaten savory by loading them up with your favorite taco toppings. Typically with refried beans and ground beef as the base.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

They are also delicious as a sweet dessert by drizzling on honey and sprinkling with powdered sugar.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

What is Indian fry bread?

Traditional Indian Fry bread is a dough that is rolled flat and deep fried.

This recipe uses the same traditional dough, but rather than deep frying, they are cooked in the air fryer to eliminate the copious amounts of oil typically used.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Made with traditional dough
  • Cooked in the air fryer to eliminate most of the oil
  • Perfect for a sweet or savory meal
  • Loved by adults and children
air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Taco meat
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Diced onion
  • Diced tomato
air fryer indian fry bread ingredients

How to make this recipe

1 – In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

2 – Using a bread hook, mix in the water and oil. Knead on medium-slow for 5-10 minutes until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the bowl.

3 – Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let dough rest for 2 hours.

air fryer indian fry bread dough in bowl

4 – Cut the dough and form in golf ball size balls. 

air fryer indian fry bread dough on cutting board

5 – Using your hands, compress the dough balls to form a small flat bread 1/4” thick. 

6 – Place in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 330 degrees for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes. 

air fryer indian fry bread dough in air fryer

7 – Top with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion and tomatoes. 

air fryer indian fry bread on cutting board

How do I store Indian fry bread?

Store fry bread in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

air fryer indian fry bread on plate

Please Note

Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (1 fry bread): 193

Yield: 12 Servings

Air Fryer Indian Fry Bread Recipe

indian fry bread on a glass plate side view

Air fryer Indian fry breads take only a handful of ingredients and cook fast in the air fryer. Top with your favorite taco toppings for a savory dinner or with honey and powdered sugar for a sweet dessert.

Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 36 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb prepared taco meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced

Instructions

1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

2. Using a bread hook, mix in the water and oil. Knead on medium-slow for 5-10 minutes until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the bowl.

3. Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let dough rest for 2 hours.

4. Cut the dough and form in golf ball size balls.

5. Using your hands, compress the dough balls to form a small flat bread 1/4” thick.

6. Place in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 330° for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes.

7. Top with taco meat, lettuce, cheese, onion and tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Megan Lehr

Thursday 25th of March 2021

I love indian fry bread! Been looking for a great easy recipe and this hit the spot!

simplylowcal

Thursday 25th of March 2021

That's great to hear, Megan. :)

Marie Charlotte

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Love how I can top these with all my dinner leftovers! I have some butter chicken and raita in the fridge right now - that would be delish!!!

simplylowcal

Thursday 25th of March 2021

That sounds delicious! :)

Gail Montero

Thursday 25th of March 2021

This bread looks amazing! Definitely adding this to my must-make list! YUM!

simplylowcal

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Thanks, Gail. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Natalie

Thursday 25th of March 2021

This sounds so easy and looks delicious. I will definitely make this. I fell in love with Indian cuisine only recently. Adding this recipe to my list to try. Thanks!

simplylowcal

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Thanks, Natalie! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Nathan

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Love how easy this bread is to make! Pretty cool how versatile it is too, you could have a whole dinner and dessert just based on fry bread!

simplylowcal

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Thanks! We love sweet and savory. :)

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