Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs {Taco Party #IIP}

Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs

So this is the time of the month again for International incident party, and the theme of the month is Taco.

And I have to say this. Taco is the new food porn in this house.

Yeap, that´s truth. Ever since I made the taco noodles for the last IIP, instant taco seasoning has become a staple in my house. We have grown to love the flavour despite the unfortunate lack of Mexican cuisine presence in Australia.

Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs

While researching for taco, an image popped up and captured my fancy. Fry bread taco. Why didn´t anyone tell me about this before? All that spicy delicious topping, on a piece of fried bread. That must be delicious.

The fried bread, I can guarantee, is a winner. It has beautiful chewy texture of fried yeast dough. The good thing is the dough is yeast-free, so it can be whipped up very quickly without the long wait.

As for the filling, one can go for the normal mince meat topping. I have chosen to make these spicy Mexican meatballs from a cookbook called Mexicali Rose. It´s a strange Australian cookbook on Mexican cuisine. Strange, since for us in the land of down under, the most familiar form of taco comes from either Taco Bill or the readily made packages (yes, Australia is a sad land for taco related stuff). I can´t say that the book is inspiring, but it hits the Mexican flavours spot on without too many strange ingredients. For that, I´m grateful. (Also a big thank to my lovely blog friend Neil who introduced me to this book!).

Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs


This dish is lovely with any form of bread actually. You need about 1 to 1.5 taco seasoning packages here. Adpted from mexicali rose. Serves 6-8.

1kg lean beef mince
1 red onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped corriander
1 egg
2 tbp taco seasoning
Salt + pepper
1 red capsicum, halved, deseeded and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbp taco seasoning (extra)
1/2 tbp cumin powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 x 400g can cherry tomatoes {if you like more sauce, use 2 cans)

Combine the mince, onion, corriander, egg and taco seasoning in a bowl. Add seasoning. Roll the tablespoon of mixture to a bowl (I made mine quite small). Repeat.

Heat a bit of oil in a frying pan. Fry the meatballs until cooked and golden.
In the same frying pan, take out the burnt bits, and add onion, garlic, red capsicum. Stir for around 3 mins or until the capsicum is soft. Add 2 tbp taco seasoning, cumin powder and cayenne pepper. Stir in the tomato. Reduce the heat and simmer a bit. Add the meatballs and simmer further until the sauce just coats the meatballs.

Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs


Adapted from here. I´ve changed the ingredients and method a little to ensure the dough “pops” up more when being fried. Highly recommended recipe. You can even just eat the bread plain with a sprinkle of zataar. I did.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk powder
1 cup water + a bit more
4 cups oil for frying, or as needed

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, milk powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir in water and mix until the dough comes together. Add more flour if necessary to be able to handle the dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, at least 5 minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a large, deep heavy skillet. Oil should be about 1 1/2 inches deep. Put a small piece of dough in the cold oil. The oil is ready to fry when the dough sizzles and becomes golden brown.

Break off 3/4 cup sized pieces of dough, and shape into round disc. Use a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4 inch in thickness.

Fry breads in the hot oil until golden on both sides, turning only once. Drain on paper towels.

SERVE: top the fried bread with meatballs, lettuce and the condiments you like (sour cream, pickled chillies, guacamole etc.)

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41 Responses to Fry bread taco with Mexican spicy meatballs {Taco Party #IIP}

  1. Trix says:

    That is SO weird – I was at a Native American festival this afternoon and I literally just had a fry bread taco for lunch! So I definitely love your choice!

  2. penny aka jeroxie says:

    love the fried taco bread… I love this recipe! I can so have this right now :)

  3. Jo - SecondHelping says:

    Fried bread and meatballs – what a combination! Yum.

  4. Tangled Noodle says:

    We're on the same wavelength – I'm preparing a post on frybread that I hope to have out on Monday. I didn't have it planned for this IIP, though; unfortunately, I didn't get myself together enough to join in this month. But I am certainly enjoying all the entries, especially yours!

  5. Agnes says:

    Fried bread? Can I say, genius?? Nommers – looks fantastic, Anh!

  6. Emma @CakeMistress says:

    In love with the fried bread. Dreaming up spice & flavour combos right now. Mmmm…

  7. Johanna GGG says:

    now that is a concept I haven't come across and yet it makes so much sense – sort of like a taco donut! it looks fantastic, it sounds fantastic but deep frying still is way beyond my comfort zone.

  8. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Love the idea of cooking fried bread, topped with spicy mince. To me, the Mexican food is quite new and I hardly find any inspiring cookbooks focused on this cuisine.

  9. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    great minds think alike. 😉 great post! so glad to see others enjoying frybread. very cool twist with the meatballs, it looks delicious!

  10. Tamar1973 says:

    I was born in Montana so I've had it a few times but I've never made it myself. I'm not very skilled at the deep frying thing. Fry bread is the "state bread" of South Dakota.

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I really have to make frybread. This meal looks absolutely scrumptious!

  12. Cherrie Pie says:

    wow, that fried bread looks so yummy!

  13. Mark @ Cafe Campana says:

    Forget about the meat I would just love heaps of these fried breads. I think that they would be a pretty good alternative to corn chips for dips at a party too.

  14. Spice Rack says:

    Tasty litter finger foods. I just love them. Great Post.

  15. Rochelle says:

    This fry bread of yours looks fantastic! I also like the idea of turning the spiced meat into meat balls 😀 I'll give that a try next time that I make tacos with ground meat!

  16. Spicie Foodie says:

    Hi, your fry bread tacos look yummy! and the photography is so beautiful , good job. Your tacos kinda remind me of a soft version of a tostada. I'm a Mexican girl living in central Europe and believe me I can relate to the lack of good Mexican food or restaurants. By the way I also participated in the IIP :)

  17. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    I did fried bread too. So food pron here too. OMG too good. Love the spicy meatballs too!

  18. girlichef says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous!! I LOVE fry bread…and your albondigas (meatballs) sound out of this world =)

  19. Shellie says:

    oooo ooo I need to get that book. Its been on my wishlist for quite some time.

  20. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    Never heard of fried taco bread before, sounds delish!

  21. OohLookBel says:

    The bread looks amazing, and so does the filling. Tacos rule!

  22. says:

    The Mexican meatballs look lovely but the clear winner has to be the fried bread! Am already thinking of great combinations for this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. shaz says:

    Uh, deep fried bread ? Yes please! So agree with you Anh, I'd love to explore Mexican cuisine properly but it is hard to track down the proper ingredients. I'm quite sure Food Safari did a Mexican installment once, but I've forgotten the stores they mentioned.

  24. Barbara says:

    I LOVE your little fried bread tacos! They are so cute and the perfect size! And I bet delish, too, Anh!

  25. Ana Powell says:

    Loved your "food porn", awesome and as always great clicks

  26. Juliana says:

    Oh! I never had the fried bread taco…they sure look so yummie withe meatballs…would love to try them :-)

  27. redmenace says:

    Well, it's no secret how much I love tacos. These couldn't look more delicious. I just heard of fry bread tacos recently so it's very cool to see it firsthand!

  28. Bakery Business Cards says:

    A yummy twist to an old favorite! The fry bread makes the difference. It's a popular request at my house. I really love doing it almost everyday.

  29. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Loving all of these taco variations and meatballs, in any form are a favourite! 😀

  30. maameemoomoo says:

    I'm currently into Mexican food craze… i so wanna try this soon!

  31. diva says:

    WOW that looks so yum. and very creative!

  32. Marisa says:

    That fried bread looks awesome! NOM

  33. Adriana says:

    i extremely like the fried taco bread!

  34. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Mouth-watering, will make such a great appetizer!

  35. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    I've had fry bread and Navajo tacos so many times in the Southwest US, but I've never made fry bread at home. Thanks so much for the recipe; I'm definitely going to try it.

  36. Jennifer says:

    Ive not had meatballs like this or served this way but have to say its something I am going to have to make soon!!! yum!!! love you blog :)

  37. chuby.manis says:

    I like your writing. I think that's good.

  38. Chef Jay says:

    Thanks for the post. This is mouth-watering. I'm going to try to cook this one. I'll pair this with some canning salsa recipes to make a delicious meal. I just can't wait to go home and cook this dish.

  39. Kathryn says:

    Those meatballs look so tasty! I recently made sweet and sour meatballs for a hawaiian party- you can find the recipe here:

  40. Anonymous says:

    Just made this, and it worked perfect!!!

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