So what the heck are Indian Tacos? Well, had I not been privileged enough to attend high school on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana for most of my HS years, I'd be scratchin' my head too! They're messy. They're fattening, 'cause the dough is deep fried. And they're oh-so-worth it!
They're basically a taco like you've come to know and love, except they're built on fry bread instead of on a tortilla of some sort. So . . . what's fry bread? It's basically a bread dough that you flatten into a circle and deep fry. But you have to make a hole in the middle so it cooks right and doesn't balloon up in the middle. Think of a flattened doughnut (but not sweet). Yeah . . . that's it. So you make your fry bread, then top it with all the yummy stuff you normally top your tacos with: meat, cheese, veggies, condiments --- whatever tickles that fancy of yours. Then presto: Indian Taco!
4 c. all purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1½ c. warm water (110F/45C)
4 c. shortening for frying
Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in 1 ½ c. lukewarm water. Knead until soft but not sticky. Shape dough into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Flatten into patties ½ in. thick and make a small hole in the center of each patty. Fry one at a time in 1 in. of hot shortening, turning to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. 12 servings.
This awesome Indian Taco photo is courtesy of De-Mc-Rita. No, I don't know exactly how she became know by that name, and I can tell you that it'll probably change within the next 24 hours. I think she's in the witness protection program. Anyway, I told her all about how fancy-fly Indian Tacos were and she whipped up a batch for her fam that very night! And guess what? They loved 'em --- yay! Since I haven't made them in a long time, I'm stealing her picture; it's ok though since I asked first. Because that's what nice girls do. She said I could use it 'cause she's jazzy like that. Thanks De-Mc-Rita!