Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Navajo Tacos

Last week Kayla and Kevin came in on Wednesday night before they flew out on Thursday for a birthday cruise.  They weren’t here long enough, but we took advantage of every minute.  We ate at her favorite Mexican food place that night and made Navajo Tacos for lunch the next day.  Made Kevin an apple pie and Kayla some snickerdoodles.  We have to fix their favorite things so they will keep coming back!

The four sisters had a “girls’ meeting” and made plans for their “T-Swizzy” weekend.  Kayla got them tickets to see Taylor Swift in Dallas in a couple of weeks.  They are all so excited.

Then they all borrowed curling irons, straighteners, and make up so they could pretty up and get a couple of pictures before heading off to the airport.

While I was cooking they were all making fun of me because Bogey the Rooster died  after a very traumatic day, leaving Bacall, his bride-hen of 4 years behind grieving him and their babies.  They were saying things like “I feel a blog coming on” . . . and other things along that line. 

So I’m going to show them and write about Navajo Tacos instead.  I’ve had several ask for this recipe and I’m just now getting to it.  When we were in Oklahoma where a lot of Indians live, they call them Indian Tacos, but since it was Navajo Indians who taught me,  that’s what we call them.


6 Cups Flour
3 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt

Combine first three ingredients and then add enough water to make a sticky dough.  Pat the dough into circles about salad plate size and about a half inch thick.  Fry in hot grease a few minutes on each side, until they are golden brown.

After they come out of the healthy frying pan, we slather each piece with healthy butter.  Makes is taste better.

This will make enough for a family of 5-7, unless you want to eat some with lots of healthy butter and honey for dessert.


Brown hamburger meat and season however you want to.  I use Worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper.


You can make a pot of pinto beans, but our family likes these with Ranch Style beans better.  Lots easier too.

Then we top it with our choice of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, and hot sauce.


Jalapeno peppers
Crushed pepper

I usually put 2-3 tomatoes in the processor and then finely chop about 2 tomatoes.  I do the same with the peppers and onion. Puree some and chop some.  I use any where from 4-6 peppers and only half an onion.  Really everything is according to how you like it.  I’m bad about just going by the color to know when I have everything in there the way we like it.  I do it different every time.

This meal is a crowd pleaser.  I’ve been cooking these since I was a senior in high school. The largest crowd I’ve ever fed was in Stillwater when we fed over 90 kids the Monday night after our Cowboys beat the Sooners in football.  I just got a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

RIP Bogey

Today I'm thankful for . . .

. . . kids coming in if only for a few hours
. . . plates stacked up more than five
. . . pretty colored bowls
. . . backsplash reminding me of thanks while cooking
. . . girls giggling in the bedroom
. . . girls giggling in the bathroom
. . . balls of cookie
. . . girls eating cookies
. . . her hubby who loves her so
. . . big ladder by big tree
. . . Cowboys beating the Sooners


. . . girl hugging dad
. . . text from oldest child/man with word "love"
. . . text from oldest child/man with word "miss"
. . . text from oldest child/man with word "little".

7 thoughts:

Brad said...

For all of you that have had Carol's Navajo Tacos, you'll understand this: You've got the recipe, you follow it to a T, you do it just right...but they aren't Carol's Navajo Tacos. They may be "Indian Tacos" but they aren't Carol's.

Stephen Phillip Porter said...

When I was in college, I spent some time on the reservations in North Dakota doing evangelism and outreach, and they loved Indian Tacos. Thanks for the recipe.

I became a new follower. My blog is Manifest Blog if you're interested.

God Bless!

Caitlin said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Let me just say that, being from Arizona, I love Navajo Tacos. Here in Arkansas...nobody knows what they are. lol!

Becca said...

This post made me miss you SO Much! Oh, how I remember those nights....
I think I'll make Navajo Tacos for my friends this weekend :-)
Love you!!!

Ash said...

Your tacos made me chubby. Plain and simple. And are you reading, "A thousand gifts" by chance??? If not you should.....you remind me of the author!!!! Love you

Jenifer said...

The recipe sounds good!! Love your thankful list.

Tara said...

Perfect timing! Sherri was just saying that she wanted "us" (me) to make Carol's Indian Tacos for a leadership dinner. Thanks for the pics, that always helps!! Love you bunches!