Recipe: Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread, Also Known as Chalupas!

This is a yummy guest post recipe from one of my local (and newest) friends Meaghan, she actually has a scrumptious food blog herself, which you can check out here – 4SonRUs. She has some AMAZING food posts, like this Mexican Corn Salad, and OMG these Chicken Cordon Blue Paninis look like they are to die for, and I know my kids and I would LOVE this One Pot Wonder Pizza Pasta! Seriously you need to check her blog out for some amazing food posts, they all look delicious!

Navajo Tacos

Here’s Meaghan, take it away girl!
So I’ve got a secret I need to get off my chest, and I figure if I can’t confess to my fellow foodies and Mommy-friends, then I’m really in dire straights. So, before it’s too late, let me air out my dirty laundry. I went through this phase in high school. A Taco Bell phase, and I never quite got over it. Specifically, their chalupas. Those are my jam. Well, you get the idea. I mean seriously, a pillow-y, soft center is encased by a lightly crisp, chewy, perfectly fried and golden exterior that’s generously filled with a browned beef, deliciously flavorful taco filling and then it’s garnished with more toppings that perfectly compliment and blend all the flavors.

Wait, you still thought we were talking about the fast food version, didn’t you? We took everything that was great about our favorite Chalupas and raised them to the ninth degree.

Now we can skip the drive through, and whip out these bad boys at home.  The hubs and sons alike ask for them regularly, and I love being able to say yes since they’re so easy and convenient. Everyone wins when your taco shell is crispy, chewy and deep-fried, right?

If you aren’t familiar with chalupas, you may have heard of them by another name: Navajo tacos or Indian fry bread. All are accurate, the only teensy difference being that we don’t try to shape the dough into a ‘taco’. Pile em high with your favorite ‘fiesta’ fixings and you can’t go wrong. These are perfect fr a get together, Mexican fiesta, or even a Cinco de Mayo party!!!

For the Navajo taco bread/ Chalupa bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
4 cups oil for frying, or as needed

For Assembly
1 lb taco seasoned ground beef
3 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 large tomato, diced
Additional Toppings (Optional)

Refried beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, taco sauce, pico de gallo, avocado, black olives, etc.


1. In a medium to large bowl, stir together the fry bread’s dry ingredients. Stir in the milk and continue stirring until the dough comes together. If the dough’s too sticky, add more flour just until you’re able to handle the dough. Turn the dough ball out onto a floured surface and finish by kneading the dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Then let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

2. Heat the oil in a large, deep heavy skillet to 375°F, the oil should be about 1 1/2 inches deep. Divide the dough into roughly 4 to 6 pieces, depending on your crowd, and roll out the dough balls into roughly ¼-inch thick circles.

3. Fry the dough, one at a time, in the prepped oil until golden brown on both sides, turning only once. Then remove from the skillet to drain on paper towels.

4. Top the fried bread with the seasoned taco meat, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and your choice of additional taco fixings.

That’s it, just ENJOY!!!!
If you make them, let me know what you think!!

This is an original recipe. You are more than welcome to link to it in a blog post, or to pin on pinterest, but you MUST give Everything Mommyhood credit.


  1. Mmm, looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I bet this is wonderful with the fry bread. Going to have to try this one out. Thanks! Yum👏

  3. shilpashetty86 says:

    Yummy,… Procedure look bit tedious, but i think its totally worth

  4. We call these Oofda Tacos! Anywho, you can also make these with already prepared bread dough from the freezer section! Just thaw in the fridge the night before you want to make them.

  5. I’ve heard of, but didn’t know what a chalupa was. Our Taco bell doesn’t carry these. The recipe sounds good. I wish she had listed the ingredients she uses for the taco meat though.

  6. Yum! This does look delicious, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to make this for a family meal. Thank you for this recipe

  8. jennifer corrado says:

    This looks really good! Love Mexican food, thanks for sharing!

  9. Boy, does that look & sound yummy! I can’t wait to make these!

  10. This looks and sounds amazing, thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

  11. Jennifer M says:

    Oh, I need to try this! Thank you for sharing.

  12. I’ve never heard of this type of Chalupa but it sounds awesome! I made Chalupas with flour tortillas & added seasoned ground meat, green onions, cheddar cheese & cut up tomatoes just in the center about 1/4 cup in all. Then I folded the extra tortilla in fourths & then kept it together with toothpicks. Meanwhile the oil would be getting hot in a frying pan. When it starts to bubble, I would place the Chalupa into the oil & fried it on both sides for a couple minutes. Then take it out of the oil & lay it on a few layers of paper towels to get some grease soaked up. Then when they’ve cooled a bit you can dip them in sour cream or any type of sauce that you like! Yum 🙂

  13. This sounds amazing and thank you again for sharing….I love fry bread.

  14. Robin Abrams says:

    I love Chalupa bread. I never knew how to make them. We will be having this for dinner this week. Thank you

  15. I get hungry every time I see this. I usually only like soft tacos. But, there;s something about this, it just looks so good I have to try it. Next time I go by Taco Bell I’m going to see if they are selling it.

  16. This sounds tasty and it seem almost as if I had this when I was younger, I do think my mom might have made this or something like this, either way , it looks delicious!

  17. This looks wonderful–thanks for the recipe!

  18. This is quite a tasty sounding recipe.

  19. I would rather have tacos this way. They look great!

  20. This sounds delicious and thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  21. Molli vandehey says:

    i love fry bread so much. cant wait to try my hand at it

  22. Edna Williams says:

    Looks yummy! I think we will try this recipe!

  23. I love the Chalupas from the fast food Mexican Restaurant, but have never attempted to make at home. The dough looks easy enough to make, Delish!

  24. This fry bread looks quite tasty.

  25. this loook great my gf mom and grand ma used to make the dinner for fmaily and it was mexican meal and she make her own bread all the time

  26. Deborah D says:

    This sounds delicious. This is an easy recipe to make which I love!

  27. Gladys Aguilar says:

    You have forever changed my dinner menu. We also love chalupas! Thanks for passing on the secret!

  28. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is such a great recipe. My family really enjoyed this meal. Thank you again and God Bless

  29. Sweta Sonulkar says:

    Yummy, will surely try

  30. Amanda Brown says:

    OMG that looks delicious! I think I need to add this to my shopping list for this week and give it a try. Yumm

  31. I love chalupas! I bet they taste even more amazing when made fresh!

  32. Jodi Hunter says:

    These look so yummy.

  33. This recipe looked so good, I am going to make it next weekend. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

  34. Mmm… I think it’d be hard to say no to Navajo Tacos, bro! 😀

    God bless,

  35. I will definitely have to give this a try and see if it’s as good as what I grew up with.

  36. I never knew that chalupas are also known as navajo tacos with Indian fry bread! I have never had them before!

  37. (Recipe: Navajo Tacos with Indian Fry Bread, Also Known as Chalupas!) This recipe really sounds good to me. I have made homemade tacos here at home, but nothing like this. I want to try the chalupas the most-

  38. This looks very tasty! It looks like the fry bread would give a similar texture as that one that Taco Bell had with the fluffy and airy “shell”.

  39. Crystal E. says:

    Oh I had to pin this one for later! We love having chalupas, I’d love to try the indian fry bread. I bet my husband would LOVE it!!

  40. This looks delicious, way better than Tao Bell chalupas, lol. That’s the only place I have ever had one so I am putting these on the menu for next week. Thanks for sharing!!!

  41. Carissa Joslyn says:

    ohh these look sooo good! the only thing I order when i go to Taco bell is a chulupa! id be in heaven and VERY fat if i made these!

  42. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Navajo Tacos with Fry bread sounds heavenly.

  43. Jodi Hunter says:

    We are so going to try these next Taco night.

  44. Fluffy chalupa bread sounds awesome. I’ve always wondered how to make it. I’m adding it to my meal plan for next week.

  45. This looks and sounds delicious. I still haven’t tried it yet. Hopefully soon.

  46. Edna Williams says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I made this and enjoyed it!

  47. melody hodge says:

    There is nothing better than a homemade Chalupa at home. The ones you get in the restaurants are nothing like the real thing. I really like your recipe for this and cant wait to try it out sometime this week.

  48. This really looks good, I have never had chalupas. Will have to try it out. Thank you for sharing.

  49. Brenda J says:

    OMG yum!! I’m pinning this and checking to see if I have the ingredients to make these. Confession: I worked at Taco Bell in high school. I’m approaching 40 and can’t shake the addiction!! 😳

  50. Dandi D says:

    i just love Mexican food and these look delicious!

  51. KATE SARSFIELD says:

    That bread looks so good and it’s a new one to me. We don’t have many Navajos in Ireland!

  52. clojo9372 says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love being introduced to different types of food from other cultures! Thank you so much! 🙂

  53. I still haven’t tried this yet. It looks and sounds great.

  54. This looks so good. When I get all the ingredients I will make it.

  55. belinda bell says:

    I love tacos and this fried bread looks so good

  56. This is a great idea. I love anything Mexican!

  57. I have heard of this and had it in some restaurants but never thought to make it myself. It looks so fresh and tasty.



  59. Ooh These Look Delicious and Mexican Food is My Favorite & Italian Food is Not Too Far Behind that! My Favorite Thing to Get at My Fave Mexican Place is the Chimichanga So I Think I Would Like These Chalupas Too b/c They are Very Similar to them! Great Recipe Too, Will Be Saving this One for Future References! Have a Blessed Day! – Jana

  60. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Awesome they will just taste Delicious!! I know they will!! I love Chalupa’s from Taco Bell! I can’t wait to try these out! I really try to stay away from deep fried food. But I will make an exception for these! Thankyou for Sharing!!

  61. belinda bell says:

    these look so good. I copied the recipe and am going to make some

  62. Dotty J Boucher says:

    This looks delicious! I love everything you have on this and that bread, I don’t think I have tried it but
    I wouldn’t mind, looks yummy!

  63. Every time I see this photo I get hungry. One of these days I’ll have to try one.

  64. These were so good. My family loved them. Thank you so much for this great recipe

  65. These are so good, they make chicken ones too. I’ve never made them at home but you make it seem easy.

  66. Olivine Eyes says:

    I love tacos and other foods that have the potential to be spicy. Thank you for this recipe.

  67. My kids would love this. Such a quick and easy recipe for a busy weeknight. Can’t wait to try!

  68. Comparing a Navajo Taco or Indian fry bread in general to a chalupa is so offensive. My husband who is 100% Navajo and his family on the Rez who makes and sells these for a living is pissed right now that anyone would diminish their culture and heritage to a something on a Taco Bell menu😡 Where’s the respect for the people and the culture?

  69. Ronald Gagnon says:

    Wow, what a recipe..I have never had a chalupa, though we often make soft shell and hard shell tacos with all the stuffings…this is a must try for me..thank you

  70. lncleslie says:

    When I was little one of my mom’s friends made this kind of bread, I haven’t had it in years!

  71. These look delicious. I only get these when we go to fairs. It looks easy, and I love this bread.

  72. Tamra Phelps says:

    I’d really like to try making the fry bread. I’ve never tried that. It sure looks tasty.

  73. Brandy Trover says:

    My husband could eat tacos 3 times a week. I am so burned out on tacos. This is a refreshing spin on the boring. Thanks for the recipe.

  74. This does sound so good, and I’ve never made it before, this is the recipe to try!

  75. rhonda miotke says:

    WOW does that look good. The only time i ever get to eat indian tacos is when the fair is in town, now i can make my own at home.

  76. Michelle S says:

    I grew up eating these – my family is Native American. I introduced them to my kids and they are hooked also.

  77. ncjeepster says:

    I love chalupas, thank you for the recipe. I can’t wait to make these.

  78. Julie Wood says:

    These tacos look so delicious and I like the bread that is used to make these tacos. We love tacos at our house and want to make these for dinner!

  79. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These tacos look delicious and homemade bread always tastes better. All the ingredients should make the tacos taste better.

  80. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I really love tacos, these look fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  81. Karen Iona Jaras says:

    These look so yummy! I would set up a bar so all the grandkids can get theirs customized!

  82. Armando Rincon says:

    Delicious recipe ,I loved the twist

  83. Armando Rincon says:

    I made this very same recipe like 2 weeks ago to my mom and she loved it.

  84. Ellen Beck says:

    You know I never have thought that Indian fry bread was a chalupa. We have fry bread on a reservation and it was super good but itdidnt have in it the chalupa suff. Now you mention it,it was a whole lot alike!

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