The Arizona State Fair is a magical place, anything can happen. Our Mom drops us at the gate and tells us all to stay together and gives us enough money to enjoy the midway, rides and eat. Of course most of the money should go for the rides, that's a given. We are discussing what to eat...OK cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade and a Navajo Taco! We reason that you have to have cotton candy at the fair. The Navajo Tacos smell so good and they're huge, big enough for all four of us to share, we'll save more money for the rides. We share our cheap meal and then agree on a meeting place before Mom comes back, scattering with our friends for a day of thrills!
Navajo Tacos and Indian Fry Bread are very popular in Arizona. Someday I will get my sister, who taught on the reservation, to share her authentic Navajo recipe with us. For now we will make do with my old stand by, still delicious even if not quite authentic.
3 cups cooked pinto beans
4 dried New Mexico chiles
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
cheddar cheese, grated
chopped green onions
Pico de Gallo salsa
Crazy Hot Habanero Sauce (for the brave)
Lightly roast the dried peppers in an oven on low heat just until you smell them. They will burn very quickly so keep a close eye on them. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions to the oil and saute until they are soft. Now add the ground cumin, roasted New Mexico chilies and add 3 cups water, bring to a boil and then simmer for half an hour.
Put the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Mix the cooked beans, and the blended mixture together in a large pan over medium heat, simmer until liquid is absorbed. To eat, spread beans over Indian Fry Bread and then sprinkle desired toppings on top of the beans. You can fold it like a piece of New York Style pizza or eat it flat.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup warm water
oil for frying
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Mix in the warm water, small amounts at a time until you get a soft dough. Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead lightly until the dough is smooth. Roll the dough out into about 1/4 inch thickness and cut 4 to 5 inch circles for the fry bread. The original fry bread will be much bigger in circumference than this, but I find this more manageable.
Fry in hot oil until puffed and golden brown on both sides. You can also enjoy with honey.