Even though Maryland is far from the Midwest, the food from Midwestern Native American tribes can be recreated with relative ease and maximum flavor. This dish combines thick, sugary bread with traditional taco accessories like lettuce, tomatoes and beef to form a messy and delicious main course. Prepare yourself for a totally new taco experience!
Makes 4 tacos
Native Ameritacos SE
Photo: The taco--reinvented. In Native American Tacos, the tortilla is replaced with sweet and sumptuous Fry Bread. photo courtesy of www.faqs.org
The taco--reinvented. In Native American Tacos, the tortilla is replaced with sweet and sumptuous Fry Bread. photo courtesy of www.faqs.org
- Frying pan
- Cutting board
- Bowls for mixing and serving
- 1 package of ground beef (8 oz.)
- 3 cups of white flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of heated kidney beans
- 1 cup grated cheese (Cheddar, Monterey or Colby Jack work best)
- 1 cup chopped lettuce
- 12 oz. mild salsa
- Sour cream and guacamole (optional)
1. Begin by browning the meat over a medium heat in the frying pan. The meat should be fully cooked in around ten minutes. Stir continuously to make sure it cooks evenly. Set aside in a bowl and cover while preparing other ingredients.
2. Chop up the lettuce, grate the cheese, heat up the kidney beans and set these ingredients aside in separate bowls for serving.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt with the water until a doughy bread-like consistency is formed.
4. Create four to five pats of dough, around four inches wide.
5. Using the oil left in the frying pan from the meat, fry the bread until a light brown on both sides. This should take between five to ten minutes. To prevent the bread from sticking to the pan, add more oil if needed.
6. To serve, use the fried bread as a plate and add toppings as desired.